Welcome to 2018!
Kris Meeke & Paul Nagle © DPPI

Welcome to 2018!

23/01/2018

After a two-month off-season, the 86th Rally Monte-Carlo is about to kick start the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship this Thursday night.

2: After Thursday evening’s famous Monte-Carlo start in Casino Square, two night stages will be ran by the crews for their first spins of the year. Complicated to manage because frequently frosty in the night, the roads to Gap that will welcome the first two stages of 2018 are going to offer a beautiful sounds and lights experience.

11: As the number of official crews that will participate in the first WRC round of the season. While most of the line-ups are the same, the 86th Rally Monte-Carlo will witness some exciting news. M-Sport welcomes Bryan Bouffier into its ranks for the first meeting of the year. The Frenchman, who won the event in 2011, will team up with Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans. Since Ott Tänak has joined Toyota after the 2017 season, Evans is officially the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s second driver. Tanäk, who finished 3rd in the 2017 overall standings, will make his debut with the Japanese team this week.

50%: As the percentage of the route that will be new compared to 2017. While the stage ‘Thoard – Sistron’ organized on Thursday night will be contested in that direction for the first time, Friday will be the toughest day of the rally with 144,88 kilometers of timed sessions including two new stages, Roussieux-Eygalayes and Vaumeilh-Clare. Last addition this year, the two runs on the stage ‘La Cabanette-Col de Braus’ that will also be used as the closing Power Stage.

13: As the number of French victories in Monte-Carlo since 2003. In 15 years, Sébastien Loeb seized seven successes, Sébastien Ogier five and Bryan Bouffier one, making a total of 13 wins over 15 editions. An incontestable domination which will be defended by Sébastien Ogier and Bryan Bouffier, both with the Ford Fiesta WRC under the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team colours.

33: As the number of French crews that will enter the 86th Rally Monte-Carlo. While Sébastien Ogier and Bryan Bouffier are going to fight for the podium, every French squad will have a huge challenge to manage. In WRC2, Éric Camilli will be back in action and will face the best drivers of the category. French Junior Rally Champions, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Romain Courbon will make their debut in a World Rally Championship’s event in WRC3. Stéphane Sarrazin, accustomed to the international battle, Quentin Giordano and Mathieu Arzeno, major contenders in French competitions, will be also in action this week.

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