Simon Pagenaud : Rally  weekend.
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Simon Pagenaud : Rally weekend.

After a busy season in the intercontinental le mans cup and indycar series, simon pagenaud was the start of the 56th 'rallye d'automne' (autumn rally).

After a busy season in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and IndyCar series, Simon Pagenaud was the start of the 56th 'Rallye d'Automne' (autumn rally).

For this rally in La Rochelle, the Frenchman, who is a native of that that region of France, was driving a Citroen C2 R2 MAX, that he shares with Emmanuel Dechatre. The winner of the 2011 6 Hours of Silverstone joined many drivers who have distinguished themselves both on the road rally and Le Mans 24 Hours: Vic Elford among others including, Sebastien Loeb, and Jean-Claude Andruet, also present La Rochelle in vintage and historic vehicles. More recently Stephane Sarrazin, one of his teammates of Team Peugeot Total Endurance, was even Rally Champion of France in 2004 before joining Peugeot in 2007.

Also note that two recent winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans have been regulars in rally: Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard, victorious in Sarthe in 2010 with Mike Rockenfeller of Audi R15 TDI.