The Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, Round 1 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, promises to be an outstanding event as a 40% of the route has been remodelled.
The official start of the 87th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo is scheduled for Thursday, January 24th starting at 19:17 from the Place Desmichels in Gap. During this first nocturnal leg, there will be two unprecedented special stages of a total of 41.07 kilometres. These two specials, “La Bréole/ Selonnet” (SS 1 – 20.60 km – 20:08) and “Avançon / Notre-Dame-du-Laus” (SS 2 – 20.47 km – 21:11), disputed in the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and of Hautes-Alpes, will be revealing of the best pilots in the championship.
On Friday, January 25th, the 2nd day of the race will take place over two departments (Drôme and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), for a total of 124.38 kilometres, all of which will be timed. This will be, by far, the most tiring day of the rally, with a loop of three geographically spaced out special stages that will be completed twice.
The 3rd day of the race, Saturday, January 26th, will feature a total of 93.38 kilometres, timed, will be just a tough as the last two with a double loop in the departments of Isère and Hautes-Alpes. Then, after an ultimate stop at the Service Park in Gap-Fontreyne in the late afternoon, competitors still in the race will make their way back to the Principality of Monaco in the early evening.
The conclusion of the rally, on Sunday, January 27th, day of Saint Devote, Patron Saint of Monaco, will consist of four timed events, for a total of 63.98 kilometres, without assistance, in the backcountry of the Alpes-Maritimes.