Rallye Monte Carlo
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Rallye Monte-Carlo 2016