The Organising Committee of the 25th edition of Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique has re-instated five authentic concentration routes for the 2023 event, starting from Bad Homburg, Oslo, London, Torino and Reims, making five itineraries with the common destination of Monte-Carlo over a route that incorporates many of the stages used by the WRC. All competitors will arrive in Monaco on Friday, 27 January, and from 07:00 on Saturday, the Classification Leg will start from the Principality, along 17 Regularity Stages (SR) as crews fight for the trophy held by Belgian twins Philippe and Antoine Cornet de Ways Ruart, winners in 2022 in a 1965 Porsche 911.
The Classification Leg will start with four SRs to be contested heading north to Valence, once again the host city for the event. From there, on Sunday 29 January, crews will head for Ardèche where Part 1 of the Common Leg will be staged. On Monday it will be direction Haut-Diois, and then Drôme Provençale on Tuesday. This third and last part of the Common Stage includes such classic stages as “Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert – La Motte-Chalancon and brings the crews back to Monte-Carlo.
After a few short hours of rest, crews will start the Final Leg at 9pm on the night of Tuesday January 31 to Wednesday February 1. On the menu, two famous stages: Col de Braus – Lantosque and “La-Bollène-Vésubie – Moulinet, with competitors expected on the finish line in Monaco Port Hercule around 1:10 am. Finally, in keeping with tradition, the Gala Prize-Giving Ceremony will take place on the evening of Wednesday February 1, in the Salle des Etoiles at Sporting Monte-Carlo.
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