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Rallye Monte Carlo

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Rallye Monte Carlo
Start Date: 22.01.2015
End Date: 25.01.2015
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 15 (355,48km)
Distance: 1403,08km
Servicepark: Gap
Website: http://www.acm.mc

Route

  • After Thursday evening’s Monte-Carlo start outside the Casino, two stages in darkness near Digne-les-Bains punctuate the run north to Gap. 
  • Three new stages in the Hautes Alpes and Isère regions, north of Gap, form Friday’s action. 
  • Competitors return to Monaco on Saturday via the classic Sisteron test and the marathon 51.70km Lardier et Valença - Faye. 
  • Sunday’s final leg, as is traditional, runs in the Alpes Maritimes mountains above Monaco and features the legendary Col de Turini.

Challenge

  • Essentially an asphalt rally but unpredictable mountain weather brings varied conditions.
  • Competitors must expect snow, ice and dry asphalt - often encountering all in the same stage.
  • They must balance the need for grip in winter weather with that required for dry asphalt.
  • Shrewd tyre selection providing the best compromise for frequently changing conditions is key.
  • Experience and the ability to ‘read’ conditions is vital.  

Car spec

  • Asphalt suspension.
  • Strange tyre selections which can include studded tyres on opposite corners of the car matched with dry weather slick rubber.
  • Two spare tyres is normal.
  • Additional headlight pods for thursday´s night stages.

History

  • Rallye Monte-Carlo is the WRC’s jewel in the crown and the oldest in the calendar.
  • First run in 1911, it was designed to promote Monte-Carlo as a tourist destination, with competitors starting from different European cities before gathering in Monaco.
  • The 1966 rally became famed for its controversial outcome when giant-killing Mini Coopers claimed the top three places before being disqualified for alleged infringements of headlight regulations.

What’s new for 2015

  • 75 per cent of the route has changed compared to 2014. 
  • Rally 2 rules, allowing retired competitors to restart the following leg with time penalties, will be adopted for the first time on this rally. 
  • Shakedown moves to Wednesday afternoon.

Don’t miss

  • Col de Turini. One of the sport’s iconic locations, where enormous crowds will gather to watch competitors cross the mountain summit in the La Bollene Vesubie - Sospel test in the final leg. An incredible atmosphere and a ‘must-do’ for visitors.
  • Sunday’s finish outside the Palace in Monaco, with monarch Prince Albert presenting the prizes.

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14 Jan 2015

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