What a way to start the new hybrid era in WRC! Rallye Monte-Carlo has been the jewel in the world rally crown since 1911, making it the oldest event on the calendar. Originally run to promote Monte-Carlo as a tourist destination, competitors used to start from all over Europe and gather in Monaco. The ceremonial start of modern day ‘Monte’ takes place in Gap, France with the prize-giving finale held at the impressive Les Palais des Princes de Monaco to reflect the event’s heritage. Befitting one of the most prestigious events on the WRC calendar, Rallye Monte-Carlo is also one of the most complex. Unpredictable weather conditions on the mountain stages means crews have to expect the unexpected. Snow, ice and dry tarmac can all feature, often in the same stage. At ‘Monte’, experience, strategy and an accurate weather forecast can play a key role in successfully navigating the Alpine roads.
Thierry began a new partnership with co-driver Martijn in excellent fashion, with the Belgians powering their way onto the podium. Rallye Monte-Carlo was the final event for Dani with long-time co-driver Carlos, in which the pair came home in fifth place.
|Rallye Monte-Carlo||20 - 23 January|
|Rally Sweden||24 - 27 February|
|WRC Rally Croatia||21 - 24 April|
|Rally de Portugal||19 - 22 May|
|Rally Italia Sardegna||02 - 05 June|
|Safari Rally Kenya||23 - 26 June|
|Rally Estonia||14 - 17 July|
|Rally Finland||04 - 07 August|
|Acropolis Rally Greece||08 - 11 September|
|Rally New Zealand||29 September - 02 October|
|Rally de España||20 - 23 October|
|Rally Japan||10 - 13 November|