Tuesday | 22 Jul 2014

Monte-Carlo adopts Rally 2 in route revamp

Next year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo proposes a route revamp which will make the 83rd edition one of the most difficult in its history, according to organisers.

The provisional route is 75 per cent new compared to January’s event, but the biggest change is reserved for the rally structure.

Automobile Club de Monaco will adopt Rally 2 rules for the first time, allowing retired competitors to restart the following leg with time penalties. Rallye Monte-Carlo is the only WRC round not currently using Rally 2, essentially due to space restrictions at Monaco’s harbourside service park.

Snow played a major part in this year's Rallye Monte-Carlo

ACM will ask WRC Promoter to move the rally back a week from its traditional date, proposing a four-day event from 22 - 25 January.

After a Thursday morning shakedown near Gap, a late afternoon start in Monaco’s Casino Square will be followed by two stages in the dark en route back to an overnight halt in Gap.

Friday will be totally new with two loops of three stages north of the town, before the rally returns to Monaco on Saturday via the classic Sisteron stage and the 51.66km Lardier and Valença to Faye test.

Sunday’s final leg in the mountains above the Principality will feature the famous Col de Turini in the full length 31.66km stage from La Bollène Vésubie to Sospel. The finale has to be confirmed pending FIA decisions on 2015’s rally format, but is likely to include a midday live TV stage.

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