85th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rally


From 16 to 22 January, come see the 85th edition of the famous Monte-Carlo Rally (Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo).

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For the Monte-Carlo Rally’s 85th edition, the Organising Committee of the Automobile Club of Monaco has designed an atypical route, different by over 85% compared to 2016. Most competitors will surely be surprised and delighted by the new course, the details of which are presented here.


From 8am on Monday, 16 January 2017 to 2pm on Wednesday, 18 January, the competitors will undertake two-and-a-half days of intense recce. Then from 4pm they will test road conditions and make last-minute adjustments to their cars (shakedown – 3.35 km). The test will take place on the same portion of road as last year in the town of Gap, which will host the event’s service park – located near the town’s swimming complex – for the fourth year running.


The 85th edition of the world’s oldest international rally will officially start on Thursday, 19 January from the Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo at 6:15pm. The first night-time round will consist of two challenging stages, Entrevaux – Val-de-Chalvagne – Ubraye (SS1 – 21.25 km) and Bayons – Bréziers (SS2 – 25.36 km), in the French département of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.


On Friday, 20 January, crews will head north of Gap to the French départements of Hautes-Alpes and Isère. Day 2 will be the longest of the rally with 160 kilometres of against-the-clock driving and two attempts at a lengthy yet compact three-stage series: Agnières-en-Dévoluy – Le Motty (SS3/6 – 24.53 km), Aspres-lès-Corps – Chaillol (SS4/7 – 38.84 km) and Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes – Ancelle – La Bâtie-Neuve (SS5/8 – 16.83 km).

Competitors still in the race will face an equally gruelling Day 3 on Saturday, 21 January, which will feature two attempts at a new loop comprising Lardier-et-Valença – Oze (SS9/11 – 31.15 km) and La Bâtie-Monsaleon – Faye (SS10/12 – 16.72 km). The race will continue in Bayons-Bréziers (SS13 – 25.36 km) then crews will service in Gap for the last time before returning to Monaco in the early evening.


On Sunday, 22 January – Day 4 and the final day of the race – four more stages totalling 53.84 kilometres will take place, with no opportunity to service, in the hinterland of Alpes-Maritimes. Competitors will have to do two runs of Luceram – Col Saint Roch (SS14/16 – 5.56 km) and La Bollène-Vésubie – Peira Cava (SS15/17 – 21.36 km), the same version of the Col de Turini introduced in 2016, which will be the ‘Power Stage’.

The traditional prize ceremony will take place from 3pm in front of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco.


To find our more about the details of the programme and itineraries, consult the ACM website.


The History of the Monte-Carlo Rally

Read about the history of the Monte-Carlo Rally on the Monte-Carlo Legend website, generously illustrated with photos from Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group archives. 


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