For the start of the WRC season, what could be more picturesque than a backdrop of floating palaces? Jyvaskyla you may say? Perhaps, but only Monaco can provide such a fashionable and fancy round. Or, better to say – the jewel of the WRC season 2023, as Monaco literally is the epicenter of world motor racing. This Rally Monte Carlo 2023 will not be an exception. Motor racing’s famous forum covers the rally event, gathering heads together to set the pace for the future. Before the WRC 2023 season starts, let’s discuss the plan for the rally racing weekend.
Before the WRC Season 2023 Starts..
There were so many unpredictable breakthroughs in the WRC 2022 season, that it seemed like a long time had passed since the last Rally Japan 2022. Kalle Rovanpera became a game changer as he was crowned the youngest ever WRC championship winner. While Toyota Gazoo Racing strengthened the manufacturer’s championship title. With this in mind, we start the WRC 2023 season.
The championship begins with the Monte Carlo Rally and ends with Rally Japan in November 2023. But hey, no one guarantees the story won’t repeat. At least two teams are ready to prevent Toyota’s ovation and to make it possible to argue for leadership.
Thus, Hyundai Motorsport looks more than convincing. It has changed the team’s philosophy and reduced unnecessary expenses, as well as its programs. The head of Hyundai, ex-Formula 1 Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul, is one of the big surprises from the bag. It’s not the last one either. The other loud shot is that Ott Tanak has joined M-Sport Ford to restore the team’s former glory.
In general, the WRC driver line-up for 2023ine-up 2023 didn’t change. Same faces, same targets, new conditions. Each one has his own story.
Back to Monaco. Rally Monte Carlo is one of the most unpredictable events on the calendar. At the same time, it’s a worthwhile test of endurance and performance for the newly announced rally cars. Doubts are out! The entry list for Rally Monte Carlo 2023 includes more than thirty participants and only units will make it to the finish. Think that will be easy? No way!
Rally Monte Carlo 2023 route features.
What would be easier to overcome than straightforward asphalt speed? Destinations near the French Alps make them even more picturesque. As a result, views can be tricky because one of the easiest ways is just to stare at nature.
Because the key to winning the Monte Carlo Rally is always thinking. Think about tires. The choice of tyres makes sense because of the snow and ice on the unpredictable legs. Moreover, the ability to drive as fast as possible on the ice is crucial here. That’s what is called luck. Endurance, patience and skills make Rallye Monte Carlo a worthwhile way to start the season. Good luck is also at the top of the list of essentials in our rally driver’s travel bag. For more than 40 kilometers, we will be driving in the dark.
What’s the rally plan?
Our four-day adventure includes 8 stages covering 325.02km.
Each pampered eye will enjoy the evening’s start ceremony in front of Monte-Carlo’s famous casino. What could be more pleasant? Yes, that’s all about sound, as crackling at the top makes sense for audio performance.
Let’s prepare for night views, as La Bollène-Vésubie / Col de Turini (15.12km) and La Cabane de / Col de Castillon (24.90km) are driven in darkness.
We will head further north for two loops of three stages covering 105.34km on Friday. Morning promises a lot of sun, while Roure / Roubion / Beuil (18.33km), Puget-Théniers / Saint-Antonin (19.79km) promises many tricky turns. It makes sense, as service has been scheduled for Friday only after 7pm (local time). Yes, it needs to look at the tires in advance.
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is the destination for Saturday. Unforgettable 111.78km of competition shared between Le Fugeret / Thorame-Haute (16.80km), Malijai / Puimichel (17.31km) and Ubraye / Entrevaux (21.78km). The tyre fitting zone is the same in Puget-Théniers.
Sunday. We are going to head to the Alpes-Maritimes for 67.88km competition. Luceram / Lantosque (18.82km) will lead us to the beginning, to La Bollène-Vésubie / Col de Turini. We will hold the awards ceremony at the most fashionable place, Casino Square.
Rally Monte Carlo 2023 live stream schedule
Monaco is GMT/UTC + 1H during Standard Time and the Schedule of Rallye Monte Carlo is a subject to change.
|THURSDAY | 19 JANUARY||LOCAL TIME|
|OPENING CEREMONY FROM CASINO SQUARE||18:00|
|SS1 – LA BOLLENE-VESUBIE – COL DE TURINI 1 – TV LIVE WF1||20:00|
|SS2 – LA CABANETTE/COL DE CASTILLON||21:00|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||22:15|
|FRIDAY | 20 JANUARY||LOCAL TIME|
|ROAD SECTION BEFORE SS3 START||09:00|
|SS3 – ROURE / BEUIL 1||09:09|
|SS4 – PUGET-THENIERS / SAINT ANTONIN 1||10:20|
|SS5 – BRIANCONNET / ENTREVAUX 1||11:25|
|REMOTE TYRE FITTING ZONE AT PUGET THENIERS||12:07|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||14:15|
|SS6 – ROURE / BEUIL 2||14:23|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||15:30|
|SS7 – PUGET-THENIERS / SAINT ANTONIN 2||15:36|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||16:23|
|SS8 – BRIANCONNET /ENTREVAUX 2||16:39|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||18:30|
|SATURDAY | 21 JANUARY||LOCAL TIME|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||08:15|
|SS9 – LE FUGERET / THORAME-HAUT 1||08:24|
|SS10 – MALIJAI / PUIMICHEL 1- TV LIVE WF2||10:00|
|SS11 – UBRAYE / ENTREVAUX 1||12:17|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||13:04|
|SS12 – LE FUGERET / THORAME-HAUT 2||14:31|
|SS13 – MALIJAI / PUIMICHEL 2- TV LIVE WF3||16:00|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||18:15|
|SS14 – UBRAYE / ENTREVAUX 2||18:23|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||19:10|
|SUNDAY | 22 JANUARY||LOCAL TIME|
|SERVICE F AT MONACO SERVICE PARK||06:30|
|SS15 – LUCERAM / LANTOSQUE 1||07:57|
|SS16 – LA BOLLENE-VESUBIE – COL DE TURINI 2 – TV LIVE WF4||09:00|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||10:30|
|SS17 – LUCERAM / LANTOSQUE 2||10:40|
|MONACO SERVICE PARK||11:25|
|SS18 – LA BOLLENE-VESUBIE / COL DE TURINI 3 – TV LIVE WF4 – WOLF POWERSTAGE||12:00|
|WRAP UP SHOW COL DE TURINI POWER STAGE PODIUM||13:30|
There are a million and more reasons to watch Rally Monte Carlo. Because no one knows how this round will start and how it will finish.
But, let’s be honest we’d missed so much about rally cars and just can’t wait to see charged racing rally cars. The most suitable place to hit the target is Rally Monte Carlo.
Rally Monte Carlo 2023 is going to bThe game includes everything: tires strategy, ice and snow dilemmas, lucky drama and a backdrop of incredible views that you won’t want to miss.