The 87th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo kicks off today, 22 January and lasts until Sunday, 27 January.
Organised with the Automobile Club de Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Rallye is the season opener for the FIA World Rally Championship. The exciting and nerve-wracking race will see cars racing through rugged and steep mountains, covering around 100 km per day.
For the sixth year in a row, this famous mountain race starts off 311 km away from Monaco, high in the mountains of Gap and will conclude in Monaco on the day of Saint Devote, the patron saint of the Principality.
The first two days are "Reconnaissance" where the drivers get to know the roads. The official start of the race is scheduled for Thursday, 24 January at 6:50 pm from the Place Desmichels in Gap. During this first nocturnal leg, there will be two special stages of 41.35 kilometres. Drivers will battle for the best time through the windy and treacherous terrain of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Hautes-Alpes regions.
On Friday, January 25th, heading South-West of Gap, the 2nd day of the race will take place in Drôme and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence for a total of 125.12 kilometres. On Saturday, January 26th, drivers double back through Gap with a total of 93.38 km before those still left make their way to the Principality in the early evening.
The race concludes on Sunday, 27 January, with four timed events in the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes.
The full programme and maps with public viewing areas are available on the Automobile Club de Monaco's website: www.acm.mc