ADAC Rallye Deutschland
|ADAC Rallye Deutschland|
|Stages:||21 (311,22 km)|
- Mind-boggling mix of asphalt features bumpy corkscrew vineyard tracks, daunting multi-surface military roads and fast, smooth country lanes.
- Saarbrücken, south of the new Bostalsee service park, hosts Thursday evening’s start, immediately followed by a spectacular city centre circuit stage.
- Friday features two repeated vineyard tests, narrow and littered with hairpin bends, overlooking the Mosel river. They are sandwiched by three passes of a new super special stage at Wadern-Weiskirchen.
- It’s onto the feared Baumholder military roads on Saturday for the Panzerplatte tests. Five stages there contrast with fast country roads in the Saarland region.
- The final day is new, blending roads near the border with France and Luxembourg and those close to Bostalsee.
- 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 hills 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.
- First held in 1982, the rally was part of the European Championship.
- It relocated to Trier in 2000 and joined WRC in 2002.
- Citroën won every Rallye Deutschland since it entered WRC until 2014. 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 2016
- Friday evening’s Ollmuth stage which closes the day’s action.
- The Sauertal test in the southern reaches of the Eifel hill country near the border with Luxembourg forms Sunday’s rally-closing live TV Power Stage.
- A visit to the Baumholder military area on Saturday. The main spectator area provides fantastic viewing of large parts of the stages. Tight corners, fast straights, a big jump and sweeping bends – Baumholder has everything a fan could ask for.
- Friday’s new Ollmuth stage a few kilometres south of Trier. Almost the entire 8.21km can be seen from naturally terraced hillsides.
- Thursday night’s start ceremony in central Trier. Watch the cars pass by while enjoying a beer and some food in front of the mighty Porta Nigra gate.