ADAC Rallye Deutschland
|ADAC Rallye Deutschland|
|Stages:||21 (311,22 km)|
- Mind-boggling mix of asphalt features bumpy corkscrew vineyard tracks, daunting multi-surface military roads and fast, smooth country lanes.
- Saarbrücken, south of the new Bostalsee service park, hosts Thursday evening’s start, immediately followed by a spectacular city centre circuit stage.
- Friday features two repeated vineyard tests, narrow and littered with hairpin bends, overlooking the Mosel river. They are sandwiched by three passes of a new super special stage at Wadern-Weiskirchen.
- It’s onto the feared Baumholder military roads on Saturday for the Panzerplatte tests. Five stages there contrast with fast country roads in the Saarland region.
- The final day is new, blending roads near the border with France and Luxembourg and those close to Bostalsee.
- 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 hills 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 2000 and joined WRC in 2002.
- Citroën won every Rallye Deutschland since it entered WRC until 2014. Sébastien Loeb took nine victories, with one each for Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo until Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville topped the podium in 2014.
What’s new for 2017
- Most things!
- Bostalsee replaces historic Trier as the rally base.
- Saarbrücken’s State Theatre hosts the start ceremony before the action begins immediately on city centre roads.
- Friday’s Wadern-Weiskirchen super special provides daylong entertainment with competitors driving the stage three times.
- Other new tests include Römerstraße on Saturday and Sunday’s Losheim am See and St Wendeler Land.
- A visit to the Baumholder military area on Saturday. The main spectator area provides fantastic viewing of large parts of the stages. Tight corners, fast straights, a big jump and sweeping bends – Baumholder has everything a fan could ask for.
- The new service park at Bostalsee. It hosts mid-leg service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s St Wendeler Land live TV Power Stage ends on the edge of the park, with the podium celebrations held minutes later in Bostalsee itself.