In spite of all our mistakes Gasto and Becquart shoult have won the rally very easily. They made only one error which, for two very experienced rally drivers, was unforgiveable. When they came to the Annecy road section Becquart, who lived at Annecy and was president of the local automobile club which had organized that section, was sure that there were no secret checks. He therefore told Gasto that they could afford to get well ahread and then stop for some refreshment. They did this and, of course, there was a secret check at Vizille and they arrived over an hour early. They had lost no marks up to that time and they lost no marks afterwards but due to missing that secret check they arrived on Monte Carlo in 70th position.
Becquart was terribly contrite saying it was all his fault which indeed it was. He then proceeded to drive brilliantly on the mountain section and pulled up from 70th to 7th. There is no doubt at all that if it had not been for that one mistake they would have won the rally by a very wide margin.
Six Aston Martins entered the 1955 Monte Carlo rally. Wereof three factory teams;
54DMF Peter Collins / Graham Whitehead
55DMF Maus Gatsonides /Marcel Becquart
56DMF Reg Parnell / Louis Klementaski
Picture 1: Gasonides / Becquart finished first in its class and 7th overall.
Picture 2: Gatsonides and Becquart cornering at speed on the waterfront at Monto Carlo during final speed tests.