This 24th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique has been launched this Thursday. A total of 256 competitors have officially set off yesterday from three cities whose names resonate in the history of the Monte Carlo: Bad-Homburg, Milan and Reims.
Before to arrive in the Principality of Monaco today from 13:40, the competitors had to face the long journey of the concentration course, in winter conditions. Let’s take a look back on this first day in pictures and figures.
In the early afternoon, the 26 competitors set off from the town of Bad-Homburg, located at the gates of the large Frankfurt am Main. During this concentration stage, 2 time controls (Langres / Saint-André-les-Alpes) and 3 passage controls (Dole / Lons-le-Saunier / Monestier-de-Clermont) will be on the program of the crews in this long way that will bring them to the Principality of Monaco this Friday evening, which means in numbers a total of 1154 km to digest.
110 crews took the start in the early evening from Italy in the city of Milan. The Departure start was given on Corso Venezia, in front of the buildings of the Automobile Club of Milan (ACI).
A first Passage Control for them in Piemont in Pinerolo, then they headed to Gap for a Time Control (from 6.30am) and Saint-André-les-Alpes (from 10.40am). They will be the first to arrive in the Port of Monaco in the early afternoon. In total, this will represent 664km to cover.
It was in the “City of French Kings” that 120 competitors took the start on this Thursday evening. Despite the cold weather and a light drizzle, the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique was as popular as ever.
The 954km route through the vineyards of the Champagne region started with three Time Controls (Épernay, Vitry-le-François, Bar-sur-Aube). They will then head for Aube and Haute-Marne with a crossing of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises and Chaumont before reaching Langres for a first-time control from 00:35.
Then 3 new controls to be crossed (Dole / Lons-le-Saunier / Monestier-de-Clermont) to reach Saint-André-les-Alpes (from 12:46) and Monaco (from 15:46).
Copyrights: Jean-Marie Biadatti / Automobil Club von Deutschland / Giorgio Stirano / Jean-Marc Haible