SS9: Saturday's
opener cancelled

The opening special stage of Saturday’s third leg of Rallye Monte-Carlo was cancelled for safety reasons this morning.

Stage info: SS9

Prunieres – Embrun 1, 19.93km
Overlooking the Serre-Ponçon lake, the test rises to St-Apollinaire on fast and wide roads, before narrowing on the descent through several small hamlets and villages. The second part of the test is virtually all downhill on a mix of wide, flowing roads and tight, bumpy sections.

The 19.93km test from Prunieres to Embrun lies just 35km east of the Gap service park and huge crowds flocked into the stage. However, there were so many fans packed into the final few kilometres that organisers cancelled the test for safety reasons.

Cars will now head to the marathon 51.70km stage from Lardier et Valença to Faye before returning to Gap for service.

The second pass through the stage is scheduled to start at 13.55.

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