On Saturday morning we enjoy an early start, taking the cars onto the lake at around 07:30. We need to take advantage of the best conditions of the lake surface, which are just perfect after a long and cold night.
The cars are arranged in the Parc Fermé, and then moved to the track in small groups according to strict planning which allows every car a similar track time. During the morning, each car typically enjoys two 20-minute stints on the track.
Groups and timings having been announced on Friday night, every driver will be able to plan their activities and still be able to warm his or her engine and move to the track in good time. The precision of these activities are very important to ensure everyone has a great time on the track: our marshals will be there to help.
While some cars are being driven on the track, the others will be examined by the Concours Jury. Formed by passionate and knowledgeable people of different experiences, they will ensure every car is considered for the Class prizes and the Special Prizes.
Participants therefore have an active and varied programme, between driving and socialising – which also allows ta little rest, have a warm drink or some quality food (served by the Badrutt’s Palace’s experienced staff) and just have great fun with the other drivers.
After lunch the Class Winners will be announced on a podium, where the prizes will be given and the winners celebrated. Those curious about the Special Prizes and Best of Show Trophy winners will have to wait until the Gala Dinner.
After this informal and sporting ceremony, the class-winning cars will parade on the track.
Following this, every class will be admitted to the track for a final few laps and eventually move back to the overnight parking area.