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ADAC Rallye Deutschland
Start Date: 21.08.2014
End Date: 24.08.2014
Timezone: UTC 2
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 18 (326.02 km)
Distance: 1305 km
Servicepark: Trier
Website: www.adac-rallye-deutschland.de

Route

  • Three distinct types of stages – bumpy narrow Mosel vineyard roads, Baumholder military tracks with many different surfaces and smooth country tests in Saarland. 
  • Friday’s opening leg contains vineyard roads, but also heads further north than usual for a test close to Belgium. 
  • Saturday is dominated by the daunting Panzerplatte military tests while the final day is based entirely in the Mosel vineyards.

Challenge

  • 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.

Car spec

  • 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.

History

  • First held in 1982, the rally was part of the European Championship.
  • It relocated to Trier in 200 and joined WRC in 2002.
  • Only Citroen has won since it entered WRC. Sébastien Loeb has nine victories, with one each for Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo.

What’s new for 2014

  • Start ceremony returns to Trier’s historic Porta Nigra. 
  • Short stage based almost entirely within the famous Panzerplatte arena. 
  • New Waxweiler stage in the Eifel Hills, near the Belgian border.

Don’t miss

  • 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.

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14 Jan 2014

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