84th Monte-Carlo Rallye - January 18-24

The 84th Monte-Carlo Automobile Rally will take place from 18th to the 24th of January 2016, and contains many new features, some of which are quite unusual!

Every day there will be a new special stage (compared to the 2015 Rally), on every section, though the overall layout and splitting of routes will be familiar. This starts with shakedown (3.33 km) on Wednesday 20th January from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. near Route de la Garde, Gap, northeast of the town, near the RD 994.

Next, the 80 selected competitors head off from Place du Casino in Monaco, on Thursday 21st January at 6.15 p.m., with Gap as a final destination, via the Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, where two night-time special stages will be run: “Entrevaux – Rouaine” (21.11 km), identical to last year’s stage and once again televised live, then “Barles – Seyne” (20.23 km), a stage which has never been run in this direction passing over the Col du Fanget.

On Friday 22nd January, three special stages will be contested in the morning and then again in the afternoon. They are “Corps – La-Salle-en-Beaumont” (14.50 km) in the reverse direction to 2015, “Aspres-les-Corps – Chauffayer” (25.55 km), which covers the whole valley of Valgaudemar as in 2015, and “Les Costes – Chaillol (17.67 km), which has been shortened from 2015, and now finishes 7 km before Saint Julien-en-Champsaur.

Saturday 23rd January will be the longest day of the Rally, with 5 special stages covering a total of roughly 175 km of competition. The “Lardier-Valença – Faye” stage (51.17 km) will be driven twice, as will the new stage “Saint-Legerles-Mélèzes – La Batie Neuve” (17.03 km), which crosses the pistes of Ancelle ski station northeast of Gap. The day concludes with the storied “Sisteron – Thoard” (36,35 km) special stage and a return to Monaco.

Only the top 60 in the ranking at the end of section 6 can leave Monaco again on Sunday 24th January for the three morning special stages: the first run of the Power Stage, televised live, has its start moved to Col de l’Orme, then passes over Col de l’Ablé and returns to the 2015 Col de Braus route, with a finish in Saint Laurent (12.02 km); this is followed by the ascent of Col du Turini, with a start deeper into the valley, crossing Bollène-Vésubie and finishing at Peïra Cava (21.24 km); finally the second run between Col de l’Orme and Saint Laurent, also televised, will mark the 16th and final Special Stage, with a total of 375 km timed runs in this 84th Monte Carlo Rally.

The Prize-giving Ceremony will take place on the traditional Place du Palais, starting at 3 p.m. after a last stop in the Parc d’Assistance in the port and a brief return to the Parc Fermé from 1.40 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.acm.mc