Rallye Monte Carlo
|Rallye Monte Carlo|
|Stages:||15 (383.88 km)|
|Servicepark:||Gap and Monaco|
|Date of Award Ceremony:||19.01.2014|
|Award Ceremony Location:||Monaco|
- A switch to the Hautes-Alpes mountains promises colder and harsher conditions.
- After an opening leg near Gap, the second day includes many Monte classics, heading south to Monaco via the challenging Sisteron test.
- A late start to the last leg allows the traditional finale of two loops of the mountains above Monaco, one in daylight and one at night.
- 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 the final 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 2014
- Big route changes mean the early part of the rally will be based in Gap.
- The traditional start ceremony in Monte-Carlo returns and will be held outside the famous Casino on Monday 13 January.
- 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 - Moulinet test twice in the final leg. An incredible atmosphere, especially at night, and a ‘must-do’ for visitors.
- Sunday’s finish outside the Palace in Monaco, with monarch Prince Albert presenting the prizes.