82nd Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo (14-19 January 2014)
82nd Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo (14-19 January 2014) *
The Organization Committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has revealed today the details of the 2014 edition which features a substantially modified route and a return to the ‘Hautes-Alpes’ Department and some special events hosted by the city of Gap.
After three days of recce, from Saturday 11th to Monday, January 13th, this week will be a real marathon for the 80 competitors allowed to take part at the event. First novelty on the program: the return of the traditional departure ceremony in Monte Carlo, which will be held Place du Casino, on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the early afternoon.
Then, on Wednesday, January 15, the small town of Chateauvieux, located 6 kilometers south of Gap, will host the shakedown, on a 3.6 km road which will be fairly representative of the whole route. Certainly, this new format is expected to surprise many competitors; at a time of the year when the High Alpine climate is severe, generally colder and drier than anywhere.
The beginning of the competition will start on Thursday, January 16 with a first loop of three special stages and not the least: Orpierre - Saint André de Rosans (25.53 km), Rosans - Sainte Marie – La Charce (18.00 km) and Montauban sur l'Ouvèze – Col du Perty - Laborel (19.37 km). Competitors will run the same loop, once again in the afternoon after a stop, at mid-day, at the Service Park located near Gap’s nautical stadium.
The second day, Friday, January 17, will begin with two legendary “classics” of the Rallye Monte-Carlo: Vitrolles - Col D'Espreaux - Faye (49.25 km) and Selonnet - Col des Garcinets - Breziers (22.75 km). Ten years ago, these two stages eliminated many contenders for the final victory as the road conditions were extreme ! At mid-day, the competitors will return one last time to the Service Park before heading south for a well-earned return in the Principality of Monaco. To arrive there, they will have to overcome, for the second time, the challenge of Vitrolles - Col D'Espreaux - Faye (49.25 km), pass by Sisteron – Col de Fontbelle - Thoard (36.70 km) and finally dispute Clumanc - Col du Défend - Lambruisse (20.22 km) by night!
The final leg, on Saturday, January 18, will allow the competitors to discover the hinterland of Nice, with two loops of two stages, one by day and the other by night. The program for this final stage is: La Bollène Vésubie - Col de Turini - Moulinet (23.61 km) and the unprecedented Sospel – Col de Brouis - Breil sur Roya (16.69 km).
The 82nd Rallye Monte Carlo will end on Sunday, January 19 with the traditional awards ceremony on the square of the Prince's Palace in Monaco.
* Subject to registration by the FIA in the 2014 World Rally Championship calendar.