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Snow and Exciting Records: the 2024 Monte-Carlo Rally Heads from Monte-Carlo to Gap

Get ready for the heart-pounding action of Rallye Monte-Carlo’s 92nd edition in 2024, covering an impressive 338km of timed stages. Just like in the past years from 2014 to 2021, the exhilarating opening round of the World Rally Championship returns to the scenic Hautes-Alpes region, centred in Gap. Recently, the organizers unveiled the thrilling route, promising 17 special stages that will traverse five departments in the Sud region.

This strategic move to Gap was already on the cards before the start of the 91st edition, which saw Sébastien Ogier emerge victorious. In early June, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) officially confirmed the decision. The reasoning behind this change was due to substantial construction work in Monaco, rendering some areas unsuitable for the service park and essential infrastructures. As a result, the organizing committee opted to relocate a major part of the event to Gap to accommodate the closed park.

With fingers crossed for snow and thrilling action, the 92nd Rallye Monte-Carlo is scheduled to take place from January 22 to 28, 2024. To enhance the challenge, the organizers decided to venture to higher latitudes this time, incorporating 14 mountain passes into the 17 special stages. Among them, the iconic Col du Turini will stand as the ultimate test on Sunday (La Bollène-Vésubie – Col de Turini).

The excitement kicks off with night stages on Thursday, January 25, after two and a half days of reconnaissance. Cars will roar to life minutes before 5am from the renowned Place du Casino before embarking on the thrilling journey to Gap. Expect two night stages on the schedule, including the gripping Thoard – Saint-Geniez and Bayons – Bréziers. This initial challenge will undoubtedly set the tone for the entire event.

On Friday and Saturday, competitors will take on the grueling 106.10km and 134.86km of timed stages, respectively, with two loops of three special stages to be tackled twice. The organizers predict that the third stage will be the most demanding day for the participants, pushing their skills and resilience to the limits.

Finally, on Sunday, January 28, the competitors will head back to Monaco, ready to conquer the final showdown. Three special stages totaling 51.56km await them, creating an intense climax for the rally. The ACM has announced that this final stage will be a first, with the ultimate showdown taking place between the timed sectors of La Bréole – Selonnet, then Digne-les-Bains – Chaudon-Norante, and concluding with La Bollène-Vésubie – Col de Turini, serving as the Power Stage.

The eagerly awaited 92nd edition will culminate with a celebration at the renowned Place du Casino, where the illustrious Prince of Monaco’s cup will be presented to the triumphant winner. While not yet confirmed for the next season, all eyes are on Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), who could potentially secure his remarkable tenth victory on his home turf. Mark your calendars for January 28 in the evening, as we eagerly await the crowning of the Rallye Monte-Carlo champion.

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