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Rallye Monte Carlo

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Rallye Monte Carlo
Start Date: 14.01.2014
End Date: 19.01.2014
Timezone: 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 15 (383.88 km)
Distance: 1396.76 km
Servicepark: Gap and Monaco
Date of Award Ceremony: 19.01.2014
Award Ceremony Location: Monaco
Website: www.acm.mc

Route

  • 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.      

Challenge

  • 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 the final night stages

History

  • 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.

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 - 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.

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