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The 85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo will be the stage of the very first race of the 2017 World Rally Championship’s cars. The rally will enjoy this year an exhaustive TV coverage again. La Chaîne L’Équipe will present on Thursday 19th January from 11.30 am all the issues of the Monegasque round. Red Bull TV and Motors TV will offer the highlights of each stage and a major retrospective of the rally on Sunday 22th January. Finally, La Chaîne L’Équipe will broadcast in live the SS1, SS12 and SS17.

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The Automobile Club de Monaco informs that the entries are now open for competitors wishing to participate to the 85th edition of the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017 (16 to 22 January).

The final closing date of entries is Friday, December 16, 2016.

To download the Supplementary Regulations, click here.

85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo (16-22 January 2017)

A curtain-raiser tailored to match the stakes of the 2017 FIA WRC !

The 85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, Round 1 of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, promises to be an outstanding event as world class carmakers Citroën and Toyota return to the series to compete alongside Ford, Hyundai and Volkswagen. To celebrate the occasion, the organising committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has concocted a particularly inspiring route, more than 85 percent of which will be new compared with the 2016 event.

Following two-and-a-half-days of recce from 8am on Monday, January 16, 2017, to 2pm on Wednesday, January 18, crews will get a chance to make last-minute adjustments to their respective cars on the shakedown which kicks off at 4pm. The 3.35km test will use the same portion of road as last January, while Gap will host the event’s service park – alongside the town’s swimming complex – for the fourth year running.

The 85th running of the sport’s longest-standing fixture will start officially at 6:15pm on Thursday, January 19, in Monte Carlo’s celebrated Casino Square. That will be followed by two challenging night-time stages, namely Entrevaux-Val de Chalvagne-Ubraye (SS1, 21.25km) and Bayons-Bréziers (SS2, 25.36km) in France’s Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region.

The competition on Day 2 – the longest of the rally – on Friday, January 20, will take crews north of Gap for 160km of against-the-clock driving with two attempts at a lengthy, yet compact suite of three stages in France’s Hautes-Alpes and Isère administrative regions. The three stages are Agnières en Dévoluy-Le Motty (SS3/6, 24.53km), Aspres lès Corps-Chaillol (SS4/7, 38.84km) and Saint Léger les Mélèzes-Ancelle-La Bâtie Neuve (SS5/8, 16.83km).

Survivors face an equally gruelling third day on Saturday, January 21, which will feature a new-look loop comprising Lardier et Valença-Oze (SS9/11, 31.15km) and La Bâtie Monsaleon-Faye (SS10/12, 16.72km), both to be contested twice each. After the week’s second visit to Bayons-Bréziers for SS13 (25.36km), crews will service in Gap for the final time before driving to the Principality of Monaco where the first cars are due to arrive early evening.

The opening round of the season will conclude with Day 4 on Sunday, January 22, when three more stages are scheduled – with no opportunity to service – in the Alps that tower over the French Riviera. They are Luceram-Col Saint Roch (SS14, 5.56km), La Bollène Vésubie-Peira Cava (SS15, 21.36km) – the version of the famous Col de Turini test used in 2016 – and a second run through Luceram-Col Saint Roch (SS16, 5.56km) which will double as the Power Stage.

The traditional prize-giving ceremony will start at 3pm in front of Monaco’s Palais Princier.

20th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique (January 25-February 1, 2017)

A route worthy to celebrate the event’s 20th edition! 

The 20th edition of the Rally Monte-Carlo Historique pays tribute to the participation in the 1967 Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo of French rock icon Johnny Hallyday and Henri Chemin in a Ford Mustang. Half-a-century on, the event promises to attract another strong entry to see who succeeds from the 2016 winners Daniel Perfetti and Ronnie Kessel (Alpine-Renault A110). 

As usual, the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will be open to cars that took part in the actual event from 1955 until 1980. To give all competitors a chance to target an honourable result, there will once again be a choice of three average speed levels to comply with during the competition.

The rally will start on Wednesday, January 25, with the week’s first Concentration Run starts from Stockholm (2,735km / 9:10am), Glasgow (2,092km / 6:09pm) and Lisbon (2,212km / 7:10pm). Another start venue option is Copenhagen (2,074km / 12:20pm) on Thursday, January 26), or competitors can choose Bad Homburg (1,242km / 3:40pm), Barcelona (1,050km / 5:50pm) or Reims (1,004km / 8:30pm) on Friday, January 27.

The routes of the different Concentration Runs will convene in Digne les Bains from 10:00am on Saturday, January 28, before moving on to Saint André les Alpes – near the spectacular Verdon Lake and Gorges – from 10:55am. Competitive hostilities will then kick off with the first Regularity Section between Entrevaux, Val de Chalvagne and Entrevaux (15.78km) at 12:10pm. After this appetiser which takes in the Col de Félines (altitude: 930 metres), the field will head to the end-of-day halt in the Principality of Monaco. 

The rally will resume at 06:00am on Sunday, January 29, with the beginning of the Classification Run. The first test will be a classic of the modern-day event, namely a visit to the Col de Corobin (1,211m) as part of Chaudon Norante-Digne les Bains (18.63km, 7:55am) which will be used for the very first time as a Regularity Section. It will be followed by another legendary test – Thoard-Sisteron (35.74km, 9:40am) – which is famed for the eternally complex conditions found at the Col de Fontbelle (1,304m). After a halt in front of the Town Hall in Sisteron from 10:50am, competitors will head for the nearby Baronnies Provençales Natural Park for Orpierre-Laborel-Saint André de Rosans (39.34km, 12:00 noon) which is another classic that is familiar to regulars. The day’s fourth and last Regularity Section will be Vassieux en Vercors-Saint Jean en Royans (23.55km, 12:45pm) via the Col de L’Echarasson (1,146m) which could well spring a few surprises before the overnight stop Valence which will be reached at 4:00pm.

From there, the first part of the Common Run will strike out to France’s Ardèche region on Monday, January 30 at 07:00am. The day will begin with La Croze-Saint Julien du Gua-Antraigues sur Volane (50.64km, 8:00am), followed immediately by the mandatory ‘gourmet’ halt at the Jouanny family-owned La Remise restaurant! The competition will continue with Burzet-Le Chambon (39.70km, 9:53am).

The lunchtime break is scheduled for 11:50am in Saint Agrève where the sampling of local produce is always a popular moment for all. Unlike in 2016, when the afternoon saw the rally head for France’s Haute-Loire department, competitors will stay in the Ardèche this time, with a run through Saint Pierre sur Doux-Col du Buisson (22.36km, 12:30pm) before the day ends with Lamastre-Gilhoc sur Ormèze-Plats (36.00km, 1:35pm) which has featured since 2015. The drive back to Valence will take in the traditional and ever-popular stop in Tournon sur Rhône (Quai Farconnet) at 3:00pm.

The second part of the Common Run on Tuesday, January 31, which begins at 05:00, will mark the return of Col de L’Echarasson (1,146m)-La Cime du Mas (17.96km, 6:22am), chased by a classic in the Drôme Provençale region (Saint Nazaire le Désert-La Motte Chalancon, 21.60km, 8:19am) and the awesome Verclause-Laborel-Eygalayes test (37.70km, 9:11am). The last Time Control before parc ferme in Monaco will be set up in La Turbie (Place Neuve) with the first crew due to check in at 2:50pm.

The Final Night Run (January 31-February 1) will start in Monaco at 9:00pm and features two notorious tests: Luceram-Lantosque (26.89km, 10:00pm) in the Vésubie Valley, and La Bollène Vésubie-Moulinet-Sospel (52.78km, 10:45pm) which includes the celebrated Col de Turini (1,604m). After the event’s last against-the-clock sections, survivors will head back to Monaco (Port Hercule) for the finish where they are due to arrive at 1:20am.

The 20th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will conclude on Wednesday, February 1, with prize-giving and the Gala Evening in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club’s Salle des Etoiles (evening dress or dark clothing mandatory).


Third victory in a row for Ogier and Ingrassia in Monte-Carlo Rally

The French crew joined an exclusive club of drivers to have won the legendary event, the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, three times in a row. Only Sandro Munari, Walter Röhrl, Tommi Mäkinen and Sébastien Loeb have done likewise.

Ogier, who was born in the rally base of Gap, was greeted by his parents at the finish of the final speed test in the mountains above Monaco to celebrate a 1min 54.5sec victory in his Volkswagen Polo R.

Team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen finished second with Thierry Neuville overcoming transmission troubles to secure a debut podium for Hyundai’s new-specification i20, a further 1min 23.4sec back.

“This rally is the most important of the season for me and it’s so emotional to win here for a third time,” said Ogier. “I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a kid. To win such a difficult rally three times in a row is fantastic, and a real team effort from everyone.”

Ogier and Kris Meeke swapped the lead on several occasions during the first two days on mountain roads in the French Alps that ranged from clear asphalt to snow and ice. Ogier edged clear in yesterday’s third leg and the outcome was decided when Meeke damaged his gearbox after hitting a rock and retired.

Ogier eased through the final leg, which included the famous Col de Turini, one of the highlights of the WRC season, and ensured maximum points from the first of the 14 rounds by also winning the final live TV Power Stage.

Norwegian Mikkelsen survived a high-speed spin on Friday to start the final leg 12.5sec ahead of Neuville. But a broken propshaft bearing troubled the Belgian all day and he limped through the final stage with only two-wheel drive.

Mads Østberg finished fourth in a Ford Fiesta RS on his return to the M-Sport squad, ahead of Stéphane Lefebvre, for whom fifth was a career-best result. Dani Sordo overcame handling and suspension problems to complete the top six in another i20.

Ott Tänak finished seventh, despite rolling on Friday, with WRC 2 winner Elfyn Evans, Esapekka Lappi and Armin Kremer completing the top 10.

Broken suspension sidelined Jari-Matti Latvala and Bryan Bouffier while Robert Kubica and Eric Camilli both retired after accidents.