Thursday | 21 Jan 2016

Celebrities and WRC stars launch 2016 season

Sport and entertainment celebrities joined the FIA World Rally Championship stars to open the 2016 season at a spectacular launch in Monte-Carlo today (Thursday).

Guests enjoyed high-speed World Rally Car passenger rides around the harbour area of Monaco’s famous Grand Prix street circuit after a reception at the Hôtel de Paris in Casino Square.

The stunning Casino later provided the backdrop as the 90 competitors in the Rallye Monte-Carlo, the oldest event in the WRC calendar, were flagged away for four days of flat-out action on treacherous mountain roads in the French Alps.

Entertainment celebrities who attended included Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, French Danse avec les stars winner Katrina Patchett and Danny Jones from chart-topping British pop-rock bands McFly and McBusted.

From the world of sport, tennis Grand Slam winner Caroline Wozniacki (pictured above), ex-soccer stars Thomas Helmer, Jean-Pierre Papin and Jari Litmanen, French World Cup rugby player Damien Chouly, race walker and world record holder Yohann Diniz and double Olympic gold medallist skier Pernilla Wiberg were also present.

The event was organised by WRC Promoter and Rallye Monte-Carlo organiser Automobile Club de Monaco.

“It was fantastic to welcome so many celebrities and guests from around the world to Monte-Carlo today,” said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla.

“This event will put the WRC in the media spotlight around the globe and provided the perfect appetiser for the 2016 season. Now it’s down to the competitors to supply the drama and excitement for which the WRC is renowned.”

“I wish all event organisers, drivers, co-drivers and team members a successful 2016 season,” he added.

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