The Ultimate Test of Skill Will Happen From January 25 at the Monte Carlo Rally
The countdown has begun! In just a few days, Monaco will host one of the most iconic and thrilling automobile competitions of all time: the Monte Carlo Rally. Are you prepared to witness this incredible event?
This legendary competition, which began in 1911, was possibly the first race called a rally. One of its initial objectives was to attract tourism to Monte Carlo during the winter months. Today, it continues to captivate enthusiasts with its demanding and challenging nature.
Drivers participating in the rally face a variety of difficult conditions, including ice, snow, rain, and dry asphalt, all on the same route. This requires great skill, adaptability, and strategic decision-making from both drivers and their teams. Choosing the right tires and configuring the vehicles appropriately are crucial factors in achieving success.
The Col de Turini, a mountain pass with tight curves and an unpredictable surface, is one of the most iconic and challenging stages of the rally. The presence of ice and snow adds an extra layer of difficulty, demanding precision and skill from the pilots. Another notable stage is the Col de Braus, featuring sharp, tight curves and winding roads that traverse the mountains, offering thrilling elevation changes. The section of La Bollène-Vésubie-Sospel combines fast and technical segments amidst a picturesque mountainous landscape. Narrow, winding roads pose additional challenges, with surface changes and unpredictable weather conditions testing the drivers’ abilities.
For the 2024 edition, the Automobile Club de Monaco, in search of the best winter conditions, will hold the rally mainly in the town of Gap, in the High Alps, the birthplace of eight-time WRC champion Sébastien Ogier, from January 25th to January 28th, 2024.
The rally will kick off in Monaco’s Casino Square with a dazzling start ceremony, followed by action-packed night special stages in Thoard/Saint-Geniez and Bayons/Bréziers. The rally will then move to Gap in the High Alps, where teams will take on challenging stages such as Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes/La Bâtie-Neuve, Champcella/Saint-Clément-sur-Durance, and La Bréole/Selonnet.
Saturday will be the longest day of the rally, with stages covering the Sigottier/Valdrôme, Les Nonières/Chichilianne, and Pellafol/Agnières-en-Dévoluy routes.
The final stage on Sunday promises to be an emotional finale, featuring the routes La Bréole/Selonnet and Digne-les-Bains/Chaudon-Norante. Notably, the famous La Bollène-Vésubie/Col de Turini stage will serve as the Wolf Power Stage, offering additional points to the competitors.
The Monte Carlo Rally marks the exciting start of the 2024 World Rally Championship season. Motorsport enthusiasts should not miss this spectacular display of speed, skill, and intense emotions. Make sure to mark your calendars and experience the Monte Carlo Rally! For more information, visit the Automobile Club de Monaco’s website: https://acm.mc/homepage/.