Rallye Monte Carlo


Rallye Monte-Carlo
Start Date: 21.01.2016
End Date: 24.01.2016
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
Stages: 16 (374,89km)
Distance: 1474,34 km


  • 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 stages in the Hautes Alpes and Isère regions, north of Gap, form Friday’s action. 
  • Competitors return to Monaco on Saturday via two passes of the marathon 51.55km Lardier et Valença – Faye and the classic Sisteron – Thoard. 
  • 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.  

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.


  • 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 2016

  • Each day includes a new stage compared to the 2015 rally. 
  • Friday’s night’s 20.23km Barles – Seyne test has never been run in this direction. 
  • Saturday’s Saint Leger les Mélèzes – La Batie Neuve stage crosses the Ancelle ski slopes. 
  • Only the top 60 classified competitors will start Sunday’s final leg.

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 – Peira Cava 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.


14 Jan 2016


Tags: Monte Carlo