ADAC Rallye Deutschland
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Mind-boggling mix of asphalt features bumpy corkscrew vineyard tracks, daunting multi-surface military roads and fast, smooth country lanes. The toughest asphalt roads of the season, made even more challenging when it rains. And that always happens at some point…
- Right after Thursday evening’s opening ceremony at Bostalsee, drivers face the sprint St Wendeler Land test, promoted into the itinerary from last year’s shakedown.
- Friday is unchanged from 2018 and focuses on the Mosel vineyards. Two repeated tests among the grapes, both narrow and littered with hairpin bends, are supplemented by two tricky circuit stages at Wadern-Weiskirchen.
- A new concept for Saturday. Two repeated country road tests in Saarland fill the morning, while the afternoon is all about the feared Baumholder military area.
- More than 100km on the intimidating Panzerplatte tank training tracks, driven in the opposite direction to last year and featuring the famous Gina jump and the car-breaking hinkelstein kerbstones.
- It’s back to the vineyard service roads on Sunday for two runs at the Grafschaft and Dhrontal tests, overlooking the Mosel river...
- A fearsome test of driver and machine, Panzerplatte’s roads send a chill down the spine. They have everything: tortuous twists and turns, fast and smooth asphalt, rough and broken concrete and cobbles. Add in the roadside hinkelsteins – designed to keep tanks on the road – and there is plenty to trap the unwary.
- Viewed as the most difficult of the end-of-season asphalt encounters.
- Working efficiently with safety note crews, who drive the stages ahead of competitors to provide up-to-date information about road conditions.
- Unpredictable weather makes tyre choice tricky.
- Avoiding Baumholder’s hinkelsteins on roads that can be dusty and slippery in the dry and treacherous in the wet.
- Vineyard roads that snake through the terraced Mosel landscape are hard on brakes.
- Asphalt suspension – low settings which provide stability and improved balance.
- Different road characteristics in the same group of stages mean set-up is often a compromise.
- Hard compound rubber available for hot and dry conditions, with soft option for wet or cold weather. A full wet tyre is available in case of very heavy rain.
- First held in 1982, the rally was part of the European Championship.
- It relocated to Trier in 2000 and joined WRC in 2002.
- Citroën won every Rallye Deutschland since it entered WRC until 2014. Sébastien Loeb took nine victories, with one each for Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo until Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville topped the podium in 2014.
What’s new for 2019
- The rally is both longer and shorter! While the competitive distance has increased to 343.95km, the liaison sections have been shortened.
- The start ceremony is held in Bostalsee’s picturesque service park for the first time.
- Saturday’s morning and afternoon loops are separated. Country roads are the focus initially before the spotlight shifts to the military tracks in the afternoon.
- The Bostalsee service park. It hosts morning and evening service as well as mid-leg visits on Friday and Saturday. Plenty to see and do in a stunning location.
- Saturday afternoon’s Baumholder military stages. As well as the fearsome hinkelsteins, the Gina jump always proves spectacular with cars logging 40 metre flights.
- Grape growers must despair when the WRC comes to town. Rows of vines regularly fall victim to over-ambitious drivers, but it makes for spectacular viewing.