The results confirm how much fun Dumas was having: up against experienced rally aces and Škoda drivers Jan Kopecký and Julian Wagner, Dumas hurtled over the ice in pursuit of fast times. The R5 rally cars only race against the clock, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm. “In the R5 class, the atmosphere was even more boisterous than usual – absolutely bombastic,” says a delighted Ferdinand Porsche. “That truly was a spectacular display of driving.”
The drivers in other classes also put on a great show, including Michael Gross and his son Christopher in their 1955 Beetle. “We bought the car in the USA in 2016,” explained Michael Gross, who allowed his son behind the wheel on Sunday. The Beetle took part in and completed the Carrera Panamericana in 1996.