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Rallye Monte Carlo heralds the return of the World Rally Championship with one of the most unpredictable events of the year. In its 76th running, this four day rally is a notoriously tricky combination of snow, ice and demanding routes which often produces some surprise results.

Crews will leave the service park in Valence, near the river Rhône in south-east France, for three of the four days of competition until the finish of Saturday’s stages, at which point the WRC contingent will decamp to a second service park location in Monaco, opposite the Automobile Club de Monaco headquarters.

The asphalt roads twist and flow through the breathtaking but notoriously tricky mountain stages of the region. A welcome inclusion of the Alpes Maritimes region on Sunday will see crews tackle the spectacular Col de Turini and finish the rally with a high-speed blast around the harbour section of the famed Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

The 365 kilometres of competition starts on Thursday evening with two night stages. There is no gentle start to the year: the opening stage is just shy of being the longest of the event at over 28 kilometres.

The weather in January in Monte Carlo will be typically cold, and this year the rally has been scheduled one week later in an attempt to ensure the snow that the rally just missed last season. In the first rally in which the teams will use the Pirelli championship control tyre, there will be three options: the DS soft slick tyre, the snow WX tyre without metal studs, and the WX tyre with studs that provide extra traction on icy sections.

The team’s driver lineup remains unchanged; Petter Solberg will commence his tenth season alongside co-driver Phil Mills in one of the most established pairings in the WRC. Rallye Monte Carlo will be the duo’s 122nd rally on the world stage together.

In the second Impreza will be Chris Atkinson and co-driver Stéphane Prévot, who started together in Argentina last season. Spanish duo Xevi Pons and Xavier Amigo are missing from the entry list however, their negotiations with the team still ongoing.
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The Subaru World Rally Team have entered two Impreza WRC2007s for Rallye Monte Carlo. Petter Solberg / Phil Mills will drive car number five and Chris Atkinson/ Stéphane Prévot will be in car number six. Petter and Phil have competed on these roads seven times. Chris, on his second visit, had his best finish of fourth overall in 2007 courtesy of three stage wins.

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David Richards, Subaru World Rally Team Principal: “Monte Carlo Rally has often turned out to be a lottery, where the weather has thrown up some opportunistic and historic victories, and if we can snatch those chances, who knows? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if either of our drivers climbed the podium. It’s one of those events where anything can happen.”

Paul Howarth, Subaru World Rally Team operations director: “Monte Carlo is an event that is all about tyres. This year there will be a lot of snow and stages run in the dark, so consistency and optimizing the grip level on the changeable asphalt will be crucial to a good result. There are a lot of competitive drivers this season all bidding for top spots, so it will be a measure of pushing for pace without throwing it away in the opening round.”
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Petter Solberg: “It is important to get into a rhythm straight away and settle into a pace you feel comfortable with. With no anti-deflation mousse you can’t take risks in the stages as a puncture could finish your rally. There will be a lot of snow I think and Monte is always tricky anyway so it won’t be easy, that’s for sure. It will be about who can make the most of their tyres and adapt to the conditions fastest, but if someone manages something special with them people will follow quickly.”

Chris Atkinson: “It’s going to be an interesting event for sure. It’s raining here in Monaco so I’m sure it’s snowing in the stages already. I’ve never done this event with a lot of snow so it’s new for me. Both times I’ve run this rally we’ve had good results, but I don’t underestimate how much of a challenge it is. Although the tyre choices aren’t wide because we only have one slick and a winter tyre, it’s going to be important when we choose to take each one, and we have to watch out for punctures. I’m definitely looking forward to starting the season again now though.”



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Can't wait. Anybody know when swrt is breaking out the 2008s?

With the control tires, is FIA picking three tires for the teams to choose from for each rally? I assume they won't have just two studded tires and one slick for the whole season?
 

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Pirelli winter tire range:




Pirelli has released the first pictures of its two new winter tyres, the Pirelli Sottozero Snow - for events like the Monte Carlo - and the Pirelli Sottozero Ice, designed for heavy snow and ice as found on events like the Swedish Rally.

"These are two quite different tyres, each of which has been specifically designed to offer the best possible performance during very specialised rallies such as Monte-Carlo and Sweden," read a statement from the Italian tyre manufacturer.

http://www.crash.net/motorsport/wrc/news/158878-0/pics_pirelli_reveals_winter_tyre_range.html#pictures
 

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With the control tires, is FIA picking three tires for the teams to choose from for each rally? I assume they won't have just two studded tires and one slick for the whole season?
From what I just read, those same three tires will be all the teams have to choose from for the whole season. Only one of those is an asphalt tire. So tire choice is pretty much eliminated as a skill factor. Kind of lame, but I'll take it, Loeb seems to be the tire choice king. I'll bet he's not happy.:p
 

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Shakedown news

Leading shakedown times:

1. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 25.2secs
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 25.5secs
3. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 2mins 26.2secs
4. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 26.3secs
5. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 2mins 27.0secs
6. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 27.2secs
7. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 27.9secs
8. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 28.2secs
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 29.6secs
10. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 30.1secs
11. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 33.4secs
12. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC 2mins 34.9secs
13. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Xsara WRC 2mins 35.6secs
14. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC 2mins 40.3secs
15. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC 2mins 42.5secs

http://www.crash.net/motorsport/wrc/news/158932-0/sordo_heads_pack_in_shakedown.html
 

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Overall as of SS2

Overall times after SS2 / Leg 1:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 23mins 38.4secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 12.7secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +00mins 44.0secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +00mins 58.6secs M
5. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 13.5secs M
6. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +01mins 14.5secs M
7. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 26.1secs M
8. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 53.1secs M
9. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC +02mins 09.2secs A8
10. Frederic Romeyer Peugeot 206 WRC +02mins 50.7secs A8
11. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +02mins 59.0secs A8
12. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +03mins 13.7secs M
13. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 24.2secs A8
14. Patrick Artru Mitsubishi Lancer +03mins 33.7secs N4
15. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 35.7secs A8
16. Olivier Burri Subaru Impreza +04mins 04.0secs N4
17. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +04mins 54.4secs M
18. Ales Broccoli Renault Clio +04mins 54.8secs A7
19. Frederic Sauvan Mitsubishi Lancer +05mins 00.1secs N4
20. Alex Raschi Renault Clio +05mins 10.2secs A7

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Fri Jan 25

Overall times after SS5:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 00mins 18.8secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 23.5secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +01mins 04.7secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +02mins 02.2secs M
5. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 08.7secs M
6. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +02mins 18.9secs M
7. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 50.7secs M
8. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC +03mins 42.9secs A8
9. Frederic Romeyer Peugeot 206 WRC +05mins 36.8secs A8
10. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +05mins 39.5secs A8
11. Henning Solberg -Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 41.5secs A8
12. Matthew Wilson -Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 43.1secs A8
13. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +05mins 45.3secs M
14. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +05mins 50.2secs M
15. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +06mins 02.6secs M
16. Ales Broccoli Renault Clio +08mins 56.9secs A7
17. Olivier Burri Subaru Impreza +09mins 08.8secs N4
18. Patrick Artru Mitsubishi Lancer +09mins 45.4secs N4
19. Laurent Carbonaro Peugeot 307 WRC +09mins 50.2secs A8
20. Eddie Mercier Renault Clio +10mins 39.9secs A7

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Seems weird not seeing Marcus in the mix. ANyhow...Gripe...Gripe...2 minutes back already!...Gripe...Gripe.:(
 

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Overall times after SS7:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 28mins 41.3secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 41.7secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +01mins 17.1secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +02mins 19.2secs M
5. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 28.1secs M
6. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +02mins 53.5secs M
7. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 58.5secs M
8. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC +05mins 07.2secs A8
9. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +06mins 27.3secs A8
10. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +06mins 35.8secs M
11. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +07mins 03.1secs M
12. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 05.9secs A8
13. Frederic Romeyer Peugeot 206 WRC +07mins 29.3secs A8
14. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +07mins 53.1secs M
15. Ales Broccoli Renault Clio +11mins 48.7secs A7
16. Olivier Burri Subaru Impreza +12mins 51.8secs N4
17. Laurent Carbonaro Peugeot 307 WRC +13mins 26.5secs A8
18. Patrick Artru Mitsubishi Lancer +13mins 34.8secs N4
19. Eddie Mercier Renault Clio +14mins 04.2secs A7
20. Ludovic Cluzel Mitsubishi Lancer +14mins 48.3secs N4

Notable retirements:
SS6. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Went off the road.

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End of Day 1 -News/Overall

Overall times after SS8:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 36mins 44.9secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 56.6secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +01mins 22.8secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +02mins 28.6secs M
5. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 42.6secs M
6. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +03mins 09.6secs M
7. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 21.1secs M
8. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC +05mins 27.9secs A8
9. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +06mins 55.8secs M
10. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +06mins 58.7secs A8
11. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +07mins 26.1secs M
12. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 43.2secs A8
13. Frederic Romeyer Peugeot 206 WRC +08mins 21.3secs A8
14. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +08mins 38.4secs M
15. Ales Broccoli Renault Clio +13mins 08.4secs A7
16. Olivier Burri Subaru Impreza +13mins 58.4secs N4
17. Laurent Carbonaro Peugeot 307 WRC +14mins 42.6secs A8
18. Patrick Artru Mitsubishi Lancer +14mins 55.1secs N4
19. Eddie Mercier Renault Clio +15mins 36.2secs A7
20. Ludovic Cluzel Mitsubishi Lancer +16mins 20.7secs N4

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Saturday

Overall times after SS12:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hours 24mins 55.8secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +02mins 00.1secs M
3. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +03mins 07.9secs M
4. Francois Duval Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 21.5secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +04mins 01.2secs M
6. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 03.0secs M
7. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC +07mins 19.4secs A8
8. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +08mins 45.1secs M
9. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +10mins 05.5secs A8
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +10mins 28.2secs M
11. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +10mins 30.6secs A8
12. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +10mins 55.8secs M
13. Frederic Romeyer Peugeot 206 WRC +10mins 57.9secs A8
14. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +14mins 15.9secs M
15. Ales Broccoli Renault Clio +19mins 01.8secs A7
16. Patrick Artru Mitsubishi Lancer +20mins 59.6secs N4
17. Olivier Burri Subaru Impreza +21mins 14.3secs N4
18. Laurent Carbonaro Peugeot 307 WRC +21mins 21.0secs A8
19. Eddie Mercier Renault Clio +21mins 58.7secs A7
20. Ludovic Cluzel Mitsubishi Lancer +23mins 00.5secs N4

Notable retirements:

SS6. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Went off the road. A8*
SS11. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC Engine. M
SS11/12. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Unknown. M

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.
M - denotes Manufacturer entry.


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Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has seen his lead on the Rallye Monte Carlo increase almost two-fold following the opening loop on Saturday.
 

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nice update.. MC is one of my faves.. I'm a tarmac fan :p
 
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