Rallye Monte Carlo
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.