15 - 17 Aug 08
Most Recent Winner:Sebastien Loeb (2008)
The second asphalt rally of the season is held in Germany's wine-producing Mosel region, near to the historic city of Trier. This may be a pure asphalt event, but it has one of the widest variety of sealed surfaces on the calendar. As such, it's a tricky rally that demands the very best from drivers.
The stage conditions are different on each day. Friday is made up of narrow and dirty vineyard access roads that feature a mix of straights and hairpins, making handbrake turn skills essential. Saturday's stages are held on the rough concrete roads of the Baumholder military ranges, with the ever present hazard of huge concrete blocks designed to stop tanks straying from the road. The final day features smooth, fast bitumen-coated roads and the 'Circus Maximus' Superspecial that runs right through the heart of Trier's old city. All-in-all, it's a challenging mix.
Organisers have dropped the remote service that featured on Friday's competition in 2007. Out of respect for churchgoers, the organisers have also cancelled a loop of the Trier Superspecial planned for Sunday morning.