Rebellion The Montée des Légendes
For the first time in 46 years, the sound of racing car engines could be heard climbing the Col de la Faucille on the outskirts of Geneva.
The Pays de Gex region, which borders Switzerland and Geneva, reverberated with the sound of racing cars tackling the 6.4km course of the Montée des Légendes ("Legend Hill Climb") last weekend in the presence of champions like the double Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas, 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen and his colleague Guy Fréquelin, Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, two-time French hill climb champion Sébastien Petit, multiple European champion Simone Faggioli and the star among stars, nine-times world rally champion Sébastien Loeb. It was an exceptional line-up of drivers at the wheels of legendary cars from the world's of rallye, track, mountain and even Pikes Peak.
Montée des Légendes 2018 © Romain Laurent
There could have been no better watch sponsor to support this event than Rebellion Timepieces, part of the same group as the Rebellion Racing team, whose logo was clearly visible when the winner Simone Faggioli took to the stop step of the podium with a time of 2:30.345 on his third climb in his Norma M20FC.
He was followed in second place by Sébastien Petit, French hillclimb champion, in 2:33.308, in the same Norma model. Italian Diego de Gaperi completed the podium in an Osella FA30 with a time of 2:35.978.
Out of 36 competitors, 21 competed in the untimed "leisure" category, as was the case with Sébastien Loeb and Romain Dumas.