ADAC Rallye Deutschland
|ADAC Rallye Deutschland|
|Stages:||18 (326.02 km)|
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.