24-27 January 2019
|Timezone:||UTC 1 1|
|Stages:||16 (323,83 km)|
- The most unpredictable rally of the year. Relatively straight-forward asphalt roads in the French Alps are complicated by winter weather which places an emphasis on cunning tyre choices. Little is simple in the high mountains!
- After Thursday evening’s start in Gap town centre, two tough new late night stages in darkness in the southern Alps provide the opening competition of 2019.
- Two loops of three geographically spaced out tests south-west of the town form a tiring and difficult Friday, which contains more than 125km of action.
- Saturday’s leg journeys north on more familiar roads. A double loop of two stages precedes the last service of the rally in Gap and a long journey south to Monaco.
- Sunday’s finale, as is traditional, runs in the Alpes Maritimes mountains above the Principality and features two passes over the legendary Col de Turini.
- Col de Turini. One of the sport’s iconic locations, where enormous crowds will gather to watch competitors cross the mountain summit in the La Bollene Vesubie – Peira Cava test in the final leg. An incredible atmosphere and a ‘must-do’ for visitors.
- Essentially an asphalt rally but unpredictable mountain weather brings varied conditions.
- Competitors must expect snow, ice and dry asphalt - often encountering all in the same stage.
- They must balance the need for grip in winter weather with that required for dry asphalt.
- Shrewd tyre selection providing the best compromise for frequently changing conditions is key.
- Experience and the ability to ‘read’ conditions is vital.
- Asphalt suspension.
- Wacky tyre selections which can include studded tyres on opposite corners of the car, matched with dry weather rubber.
- Two spare tyres is normal.
- Additional light pods for Thursday’s night stages.
- Rallye Monte-Carlo is the WRC’s jewel in the crown and the oldest in the calendar.
- First run in 1911, it was designed to promote Monte-Carlo as a tourist destination, with competitors starting from different European cities before gathering in Monaco.
- The 1966 rally became famed for its controversial outcome when giant-killing Mini Coopers claimed the top three places before being disqualified for alleged infringements of headlight regulations.
What´s new for 2019
- Forty per cent of the route is remodelled compared to 2018.
- Thursday evening start ceremony switches from Monaco to the centre of Gap
- All new opening loop of two stages near Gap on Thursday night.
- Friday’s test from Curbans to Piegut was last driven in 2004 – but in the opposite direction.
- Sunday’s finish moves from the Palace in Monaco due to St Dévote Day, a public holiday in honour of the Principality’s patron saint. This year’s trophy presentations will take place at Quai Albert 1er, overlooking the famous harbour.
- First opportunity to see new driver, co-driver and car line-ups in action.
- Thursday night’s opening two special stages – a rare opportunity to experience the magical atmosphere, sights and sounds of WRC competition in darkness.
- Gap service park. Watch the teams work against the clock to prepare their cars for the following day’s action in Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s end-of-day 45-minute service.
- Bâtie-des-Fonds, one of the smallest villages of the Drôme department, welcomes high-speed Rallye Monte-Carlo action on Friday. It officially has six residents!