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- Picture postcard start and finish in front of the Porta Nigra Roman gate in Trier.
- Four distinct types of stages – bumpy narrow Mosel vineyard roads, Baumholder military tracks with many different surfaces, roads in the Eifel mountains and smooth country tests in Saarland.
- Friday blends tests in the Eifel region, close to the Luxembourg and Belgian borders, with the Mosel.
- Saturday mixes country roads, vineyard tracks and the daunting Panzerplatte military area before Sunday’s final leg in the Mosel wine area.
- Viewed as the most difficult of the end-of-season asphalt encounters.
- Working efficiently with safety note crews, who drive the stages ahead of competitors, to have up-to-date information about road surface and weather.
- Unpredictable weather in the mountains makes tyre choice tricky.
- Avoiding huge car-breaking kerb stones, known as hinkelsteins, in Baumholder.
- Baumholder is slippery in the dry and treacherous in the wet.
- Asphalt suspension – low settings which provide stability and improved balance.
- Different road characteristics in the same group of stages mean set-up is often a compromise.
- Hard compound rubber available for dry conditions, with soft option for wet or cold weather.
- First held in 1982, the rally was part of the European Championship.
- It relocated to Trier in 2000 and joined WRC in 2002.
- Citroen won every Rallye Deutschland since it entered WRC until last year. Sébastien Loeb took nine victories, with one each for Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo until Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville topped the podium in 2014.
What’s new for 2015
- Back-to-back runs over the Panzerplatte sprint test on Saturday morning.
- The tricky Bosenberg roads in Saarland’s countryside are back for the first time since 2011.
- Take a trip to one of the Mosel vineyards. Fast, bumpy and narrow roads linked by hairpins zig-zag across the hillsides and cars can be seen for several kilometres from viewing areas looking down on the stages.
- The Panzerplatte military area that hosts a 2,87km sprint stage, virtually all of which can be viewed from one location, and a 45km marathon test. Both are driven twice and offer unrivalled viewing, including the feared hinkelsteins.