LA COMADINE, Monte Carlo – Beatrice Blanchet, avid Bridge player, was running behind schedule on Sunday morning and still needed to pick up the beignets for her weekly Bridge Club. What Beatrice did not realize, however, was that she drove onto the final power stage of the World Rally Championship’s season-opening event, rapidly cruising through the mountain roads and village streets of Brianconnet-Entrevaux.

With a 7:49.356 time in her 1993 Renault Clio, Mrs. Blanchet beat Kalle Rovanpera’s Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 by over 40 seconds, but it was the legend Seb Loeb who took top honors of the event.