Monday | 19 Jan 2015

Watch Monte launch LIVE from 1400hrs on

Celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sport will kick-start the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship during a spectacular opening in Monte-Carlo today that will be beamed live on from 1400hrs.

Monaco’s famous Grand Prix circuit will echo to the sound of raucous World Rally Cars today, shortly before the start of Rallye Monte-Carlo, the most famous event in the 13-round calendar.

Celebrities and guests will enjoy high-speed rides around part of the Grand Prix circuit alongside top WRC drivers from teams including Volkswagen Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Citroën Racing and M-Sport.

Celebrities scheduled to attend include British actor Idris Elba, Olympic champion pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, six-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jacky Ickx, French film and theatre actor François Cluzet and Welsh singer and songwriter Elin Fflur.

FIA president Jean Todt, representatives from all 13 rounds and executives from the motorsport and automobile industries will also attend the season-opening, organised by championship rights holder WRC Promoter and Rallye Monte-Carlo organiser Automobile Club de Monaco.

It will be based in Place du Casino, flanked by the Hôtel de Paris where a reception will launch the afternoon events which culminate with the early evening start ceremony outside the casino.

Drivers, team bosses, guests and executives from championship partners Michelin, Lexar and Certina will be interviewed throughout the afternoon during a special WRC Live studio talk show streamed LIVE here at from 1400hrs [local].

“Monte-Carlo, home to one of the jewels in the WRC crown, will provide a perfect location to celebrate the start of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship,” said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla.

“We want to offer a special occasion to open the season, an event that appeals not just to the world of WRC, but one that also showcases the excitement and drama of the championship to a broader public,” added Ciesla.

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