11/01/2021 Off By admin

Further alterations have been made to the Monte Carlo-Rally which is due to take place in the coming week (21st – 24th January), as the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championships. The accepted entry list has also been published which includes 84 competitors.

In addition to the schedule changes that were detailed back in December following the restrictions to the area relating to COVID-19. The Automobile Club De Monaco have faced further challenges with the new tighter restrictions and curfews of 18:00 hrs – 06:00 hrs, which have now been in place by the regional government since 2nd January.

So let us take a look at the new alterations:

  • Fridays Stages are brought forward 2 hours in order to complete the day’s activities before 18:00hrs and comply with the curfew.
  • Of those Friday stages, the second run of Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze / Villebois-les-Pins which is a little over 22km in length has been dropped from the schedule.
  • Saturday will see a 2 hours 45mins time shift.
  • Just 14 stages now re-main on the itinerary which now covers approx. 257 km

Here is the updated time table:

Thursday, January 21 2021

13:10Official Start – Gap
14:08SS 1 – Saint-Disdier / Corps 20,58 km
15:06SS 2 – Saint-Maurice / Saint-Bonnet 20,78 km

Friday, January 22 2021

06:10SS 3 – Aspremont / La Bâtie-des-Fonts 19,61 km
07:28SS 4 – Chalancon / Gumiane 21,62 km
09:01SS 5 – Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze / Villebois-les-Pins 22,24 km
12:17SS 6 – Aspremont / La Bâtie-des-Fonts 19,61 km
13:38SS 7 – Chalancon / Gumiane 21,62 km

Saturday, January 23 2021

06:30SS 9 – La Bréole / Selonnet 18,31 km
08:18SS 10 – Saint-Clément / Freissinières 20,48 km
12:08SS 11 – La Bréole / Selonnet 18,31 km
16:08Parc Fermé – MONACO

Sunday, January 24 2021

08:30SS 12 – Puget-Theniers / La Penne 12,93 km
10:08SS 13 – Briançonnet / Entrevaux 14,31 km
10:45SS 14 – Puget-Theniers / La Penne 12,93 km
12:18SS 15 (PS) – Briançonnet / Entrevaux 14,31 km
16:00Prize Giving Ceremony Monaco

Link to document: https://acm.mc/en/edition/rallye-monte-carlo-edition-2021/timetable/

For now, all parties have no choice but to continue on with their preparation for the rally. The teams are preparing for their pre-event test with the new Pirelli rubber this week (all perhaps apart from M-Sport which it is rumoured to not be taking part) and the service park in GAP is already starting to take shape.

Of course, all of this could be in vain as we are still awaiting a final outcome from the French Government which is due to meet next Thursday. For now, we and the rallying world are crossing all fingers and praying to the rally Gods that the event can still run, all be it servery reduced and behind closed doors.

Here is the current entry list: