ADAC Rallye Deutschland
|ADAC Rallye Deutschland|
|Stages:||18 (306,80 km)|
- 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, fast roads in the Eifel mountains and smooth country tests in Saarland.
- Friday features two loops of vineyards tests before ending with a new stage south of Trier.
- Saturday mixes country roads with the daunting Panzerplatte military area, which hosts three sprint stages and two passes over a demanding 40km stage.
- The final day blends the Mosel wine area with roads in the Eifel hills close to the Luxembourg border.
- 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.
- 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.