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Monte Carlo CasinoHaving been run since 1911, Monte Carlo Rally ranks among top four classic motorsport events in the world with Indy 500, Le Mans and Monaco GP. It is by far oldest of the World Rallies and even predates GP of the same principality. With such a long history behind it, Monte Carlo Rally benefits hugely from traditions but at times has also suffered from those.

Perhaps best example of this is the concentration run. Starting from cities across the Europe, competitors had to drive in their rally cars an average distance of one thousand kilometers just to reach the start of the rally. For a general motorist sight of rally cars snaking from Paris, Athens, Rome et cetera to regroup at Chambery, France might have been thrilling. But for competitors it added discomfort and unnecessary liaison distance. Concentration run was dropped for 1997 edition.

Despite the name, Monte Carlo Rally takes place in French Alps and given the early date, weather has big impact on the character of the event. At times roads have been packed with snow and coated with ice but occasionally event has been run on almost dry tarmac. The biggest challenge in Monte is to choose right tyres as stage can be mostly dry with several kilometers of snow and ice. Racing tyre is much faster over dry section but will you get through the snow with it?

Unique amongst events and packed with heritage, exceptionally difficult in nature and always ready to sprung a suprise. That is Monte Carlo Rally. Only few have mastered it and there are two drivers above all others, Walter Rohrl and Tommi Makinen, both four time winners of the event. Also Sandro Munari has four wins but first one is from 1972, a non-WRC year.

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Previous winners
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 1973:   Andruet, Jean-Claude   Renault-Alpine A110 1800   73.67 km/h 
 1975:   Munari, Sandro   Lancia Stratos HF   73.37 km/h 
 1976:   Munari, Sandro   Lancia Stratos HF   82.64 km/h 
 1977:   Munari, Sandro   Lancia Stratos HF   76.55 km/h 
 1978:   Nicolas, Jean-Pierre   Porsche 911   67.62 km/h 
 1979:   Darniche, Bernard   Lancia Stratos HF   69.89 km/h 
 1980:   Rohrl, Walter   Fiat 131 Abarth   70.91 km/h 
 1981:   Ragnotti, Jean   Renault 5 Turbo   76.22 km/h 
 1982:   Rohrl, Walter   Opel Ascona 400   89.65 km/h 
 1983:   Rohrl, Walter   Lancia Rally 037   89.82 km/h 
 1984:   Rohrl, Walter   Audi quattro A2   81.35 km/h 
 1985:   Vatanen, Ari   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   82.31 km/h 
 1986:   Toivonen, Henri   Lancia Delta S4   86.47 km/h 
 1987:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta HF 4WD   75.67 km/h 
 1988:   Saby, Bruno   Lancia Delta HF 4WD   84.84 km/h 
 1989:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta Integrale   84.89 km/h 
 1990:   Auriol, Didier   Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v   93.53 km/h 
 1991:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica GT-4 (ST165)   90.23 km/h 
 1992:   Auriol, Didier   Lancia Delta HF Integrale   85.81 km/h 
 1993:   Auriol, Didier   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   95.31 km/h 
 1994:   Delecour, Francois   Ford Escort RS Cosworth   94.82 km/h 
 1995:   Sainz, Carlos   Subaru Impreza 555   83.58 km/h 
 1997:   Liatti, Piero   Subaru Impreza WRC97   89.52 km/h 
 1998:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Corolla WRC   80.42 km/h 
 1999:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI   80.42 km/h 
 2000:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI   86.82 km/h 
 2001:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5   76.07 km/h 
 2002:   Makinen, Tommi   Subaru Impreza WRC2001   88.09 km/h 
 2003:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   85.35 km/h 
 2004:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   81.34 km/h 
 2005:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   83.70 km/h 
 2006:   Gronholm, Marcus   Ford Focus RS WRC 06   77.33 km/h 
 2007:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   103.50 km/h 
 2008:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   99.90 km/h 
 2012:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   95.36 km/h 
 2013:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   80.12 km/h 
 2014:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   91.94 km/h 
 2015:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   92.92 km/h 
 2016:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   98.55 km/h 
 2017:   Ogier, Sebastien   Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2017   88.96 km/h 
turini
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Col de Turini, after a long climb up the mountain drivers plunge into descent down the other side Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Monte scenery
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French alps have some breathtaking scenes and roads in unbelievable places. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Twisty alpine roads
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Imagine coming down this road with slick tyres if it would be icy. It's all in a days work for rally drivers in Monte Carlo. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
petter solberg
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French Alps make magnificent backdrop for Petter Solberg Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Loeb, Sebastien (7)
  Makinen, Tommi (4)
  Ogier, Sebastien (4)
  Rohrl, Walter (4)
  Auriol, Didier (3)
  Munari, Sandro (3)
  Sainz, Carlos (3)
  Biasion, Massimo (2)
  Andruet, Jean-Claude (1)
  Darniche, Bernard (1)
  Delecour, Francois (1)
  Gronholm, Marcus (1)
  Liatti, Piero (1)
  Nicolas, Jean-Pierre (1)
  Ragnotti, Jean (1)
  Saby, Bruno (1)
  Toivonen, Henri (1)
  Vatanen, Ari (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Lancia (11)
  Citroen (7)
  Ford (3)
  Mitsubishi (3)
  Subaru (3)
  Toyota (3)
  Volkswagen (3)
  Audi (1)
  Fiat (1)
  Opel (1)
  Peugeot (1)
  Porsche (1)
  Renault (1)
  Renault-Alpine (1)
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