Ocon drives two stages of Monte-Carlo Rally in Alpine A110S
French F1 talent Esteban Ocon drives to stages of the Monte-Carlo rally in an Alpine.
The Frenchman drove an Alpine A110S in the outing, doing so on the opening two stages of the Rallye Monte Carlo map. The 'test run', as the team called it in a January 20th announcement, generated excitement earlier on, in the week.
After completing the two stages, Ocon called it an 'amazing experience' to drive the rear-wheel-drive, 275+ horsepower sportscar in the "tricky" conditions he faced. "It was an amazing experience driving the Alpine A110S at Rallye Monte Carlo," said Ocon.
"It's been a dream of mine to have a go at rallying so to have a taste of it at a brilliant event like this was definitely special. The conditions were tricky but that all added to the experience and provided a fun challenge.
"The Alpine A110S handled really well, it's perfect for these roads and to have a taste of that was fantastic. I look forward to more events like these," Ocon expressed after completing his run in "tricky" and cold conditions.
On his own Twitter account, Ocon suggested he's interested in a return, writing it was "so much fun" to drive the blue Alpine on the snow-lined roads high above Monaco.
An Alpine Tweet, referencing Ocon's initials being put on the side of the car with a decal, said, "Getting your initials on the A110S for the #RallyMonteCarlo. That’s all sorts of specials [sic] for #EO31!" Five modified Alpine A110s are partaking in the rally which opens 2021 for WEC, all outside of the WRC, WRC2, or even WRC3 classes.
[This story was written by me for FormulaRapida and edited by Darshan Chokhani]