Wed 11 Jan 2023

Monte tests in full flow

The official start of the FIA World Rally Championship might be more than a week away, but the real work is very much underway with all three factory teams running their Rallye Monte-Carlo tests in the French Alps this week.

M-Sport Ford was quickest out of the blocks, running the Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid for Ott Tänak and Pierre-Louis Loubet. Both drivers completed a day and a half of driving across Col des Garcinets, Col de La Bachassette and Col d’Espréaux.

Hyundai and Toyota have been in action since yesterday (Tuesday) until the rest of the week.

Eight-time world champion and the joint most successful driver in the history of Rallye Monte-Carlo, Sébastien Ogier, started work with the 2023-specification Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 close to Col des Felines. 

Defending champion Kalle Rovanperä takes over the test car today (Wednesday) with Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta completing the week.

Dani Sordo led the charge for Hyundai Motorsport on Tuesday, with Esapekka Lappi also set to enjoy his first significant mileage in the i20 N Rally1 today. The Korean manufacturer takes a day to work on the i20 on Thursday before Thierry Neuville begins his preparations for the event he won three years ago on Friday.

Many of the WRC2 crews are also expected to test across the weekend and into Monday before the recce for the Monaco-based event begins on Tuesday. 

Latvia
Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Italy
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Hungary
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM