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Rally Monte-Carlo: two event series this winter

Monaco is getting off to a roaring start this year with the 86th Monte-Carlo Rally from 22nd to 28th January – which kicks off the 2018 FIA race calendar – and the 21st Monte-Carlo Historic Rally from 31st January to 7th February.

After three days in Gap (shakedown on 24th January at 4pm), the official start of the Classic Rally will be on Thursday 25th January at 5.50pm in front of the Monte Carlo Casino. The first night stage leads back to Gap, where racing will also start on the following two days. On Saturday afternoon, it’s back to Monaco! The final stage on 28th January covers nearly 65km in the snowy hinterland of the Alpes-Maritimes, passing through places such as La Bollène-Vésubie, Peira Cava and over the Col de Braus. The drivers and their cars are expected to finish in the early afternoon with the awards ceremony due to take place before the Palais Princier at 3pm.

Three days later and it’s time for vintage vehicles from 1955 to 1980 to have their fun! The race begins, as usual, in various European cities. Glasgow and Oslo-based drivers will be the first to depart on 31st January, closely followed by those in Reims, Bad Homburg, Barcelona and Monaco on 2nd February. The teams will all come together in Bourgoin-Jallieu on 3rd February. Drivers are expected on the Côte d’Azur on 6th February, with the final night stage starting in Monaco at 8.45pm before taking on two legendary passes: the Col de Turini and the Col de la Couillole. Racing concludes the next day with a gala evening at the Salle des Etoiles!