15 - 20 Jan 13
Categories:WRC, WRC-2, WRC-3
Based:Valence and Monaco
Surface:Mountainous asphalt, susceptible to ice and snow
Most Recent Winner:Sebastien Loeb (2012)
Rallye Monte-Carlo has defined not only the history of rallying, but also the history of motorsport as a whole. The very word ‘rally’ derives from what used to happen in Monte-Carlo: competitors would set off from all four corners of Europe and ‘rally’, in other words, meet, in Monaco to celebrate the end of a unique event.
This rally will be one of only four events in which Sebastian Loeb will be appearing in 2013. He will be driving car No.1, a number that will not be used by Citroen in rallies where Loeb is not competing.
This year, it is fractionally longer than in 2012 - 465 km over 18 stages, which is the longest since 1995. Organisers, the Automobile Club de Monaco, have kept the opening two days (Wednesday 16 January and Thursday 17 January) largely unchanged from 2012’s rally with a route around the city of Valence where the permanent service park is housed.
On Friday 18 January there is a significant change to the itinerary. There is an all-new stage, Saint Nazaire le Desert to Le Motte Chalancon, and the return of the famous Sisteron test.
Measuring 36.70 kilometres in length, the Sisteron-Thoard stage will mark the final competitive action of day three before the overnight halt in Monaco ahead of the final five stages on Saturday 19 January.
The 60 highest-place crews in the overall classification with tackle three runs over the famous Col de Turini (Le Moulinet-La Bollene), including two under the cover of darkness, and two passes through Lantosque-Luceram, one by day and one by night. The final Lantosque-Luceram will form the event-closing Power Stage.
Shakedown is scheduled for Tuesday 15 January with the official starting ceremony taking place from 18:00hrs the same day. The traditional final podium will be in the grounds of the Place du Palais in Monaco at 11:00hrs on Sunday 20 January.