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Round 1 of the 2014 World Rally Championship.

We have 4 Manufacturers:
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT: Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
M-Sport WRT : M-Sport WRT
Hyundai Shell WRT : Hyundai Shell WRT
Volkswagen - VW Motorsport

Additional Teams of Note:
Volkswagen Motorsport II- VW Polo R - Andreas Mikkleson
RK M-Sport WR Team: Ford Fiesta RS WRC - Robert Kubica
Jipocar Czech National Team: Ford Fiesta RS - Martin Propkop

For 2014 the WRC classic has undergone a transformation. Out goes the previous rally hub in Valence, in comes a new service base in Sebastien Ogier’s hometown of Gap and a substantially modified route.

The Monte has always featured an unusual format by WRC standards, and this year’s 82nd running is no exception. The recce runs between Saturday 11th and Monday 13th January and is followed, on Tuesday, by the traditional starting ceremony in Monte Carlo’s Place du Casino.

Shakedown is on Wednesday 15th, on a road close to a new central service Park in Gap, with the competition proper getting underway on Thursday with a first loop of three stages run twice in the Haute Alpes region.

Friday features Monte Classics like the 49.25 km Vitrolles - Col D'Espreaux - Faye , which is run twice, the 36.70km Sisteron - Col de Fontbelle - Thoard and a night running of Clumanc - Col du Défend - Lambruisse.

That night competitors will head south to Monaco, from where Saturday’s final leg is based. The action comprises two loops of two stages in the hinterland of Nice - one by day and the other by night. The rally will end on Sunday 19th with the traditional awards ceremony on the square of the Prince's Palace in Monaco.

Official Website: acm.mc/page=en

Listen Live: wrc.com/en/wrc/media/radio/


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They changed the WRC website overnight and noticed they took the icon for Rally Radio off the homepage, you have to look under the Media tab.

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Thanks Nav77, edited the link in the 1st post accordingly.


Ogier tops shakedown times

Reigning World Rally Champion, Sebastien Ogier, emerged fastest from this morning’s Rallye Monte-Carlo shakedown stage.

The 30-year-old set a best time of 2m 15.3s in his VW Polo R WRC over the 3.52km test stage.

Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg got their first full season as Citroen drivers off to a flying start by sharing second place with a time that was 1.2s slower than Ogier’s benchmark.

With the shakedown stage located in the village of Chateauvieux – six kilometres south of Ogier’s hometown of Gap – the Frenchman was on familiar ground. However, he wasn’t reading too much in to the results from shakedown.

He said: “The weather today has been perfectly dry, but the road condition was changing a lot. Some of the other guys were maybe a little slow this morning but we will have to wait for the rally to see how quick people really are.

“A lot of rain is expected tomorrow and the conditions will be very complicated. Starting first on the road at 7.30 in the morning in the dark will not be an easy job for us.”

Meeke was pleased with his performance during shakedown, particularly as he didn’t think he was running on the most suitable Michelin rubber.

“Everything feels good, so I can’t complain,” he said. “We were using the soft tyre rather than the super soft – which I believe was the correct choice for these conditions. Looking at my time, it seems to bode well for the rally. I’m feeling comfortable.”

VW’s Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth quickest at shakedown in a time of 2m 18.2s, while Robert Kubica showed that he gathered a lot of useful experience during his hard-fought win on the recent Jännerrallye to go fifth fastest in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

His time of 2m 18.3 was 0.1s faster than that of Thierry Neuville who was going up against the WRC stopwatch for the first time in his Hyundai i20 WRC.

Shakedown top 10 times:

1 S. Ogier VW Polo R WRC 2m 15.3s
=2 K. Meeke Citroen DS3 WRC 2m 16.5s
=2 M. Ostberg Citroen DS3 WRC 2m 16.5s
4 J-M. Latvala VW Polo R WRC 2m 18.2s
5 R. Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 18.3s
6 T. Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 2m 18.4s
7 M. Hirvonen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 18.8s
=8 D. Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC 2m 20.4s
=8 A. Mikkelsen VW Polo R WRC 2m 20.4s
10 B. Bouffier Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 21.9s

click: wrc.com/news/monte-carlo-shakedown

Rally Radio "pop up" : wrc.com/live_popup_radio


Ok so who you think is gong to be the Top 3 ?

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Yurii Protasov’s form in the 2013 WRC2 championship means he is likely to be the man to beat when the 2014 series kicks off on Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The Ukranian finished third in last year’s series and will re-acquaint himself with his Ford Fiesta R5 as he and co-driver Pavlo Cherepin head the seven-car WRC2 entry on this week’s season opener.

Also hoping to challenge for victory will be experienced campaigner Armin Kremer.

Kremer, like Protasov, drove a Subaru Impreza on the 2013 Monte, but like his rival he has also switched to a Ford Fiesta R5 for this year’s event.

Speaking about his new car, Kremer said: “I won the German Cup in this car and it is nice and easy to drive. Nobody can tell what is going to happen in the next few days. We hope our ice crews can make good notes for us then we can drive.”

Also returning to the series is Ireland’s Robert Barrable and his co-driver Stuart Loudon. The duo will once again be competing in their Tunnocks World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5.

However, the 26-year-old admitted to feeling nervous ahead of Thursday’s start. He said: “We didn’t do an extensive pre-event test because we had the gearbox on our car rebuilt during the winter. That’s probably why I’m a little apprehensive. I just want to get to the end.”

The remaining entries in the WRC2 field will be filled by Massimiliano Rendina/Mario Pizzuti in a Mitsubishi Evo, Jourdain Serderidis/ Morgane Rose in a Ford Fiesta R5, Julien Maurin/Nicolas Klinger in a Ford Fiesta R5 and Lorenzo Bertelli/Mitia Dotta in a Ford Fiesta R5.

Meanwhile, in the WRC3 championship, only one crew will be competing in Monte Carlo. Frenchman Quentin Gilbert and his co-driver Renaud Jamoul will be hoping they can keep their Citroen DS3 on the road and claim top points.

click: wrc.com/en/wrc-2/news/

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Also on the Media Tab there is the WRC Live tab, this is where the stage times are and an icon for Live Stream where I assume they will be showing the service area.

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Hyundai service area

The Korean manufacturer, making its WRC return this season, has erected arguably the biggest hospitality area ever seen in the WRC at the Gap service area – and it’s caused quite a stir.

The imposing glass-fronted building measures almost 900 square metres and incorporates two indoor service bays, engineering offices, a hospitality area and a spectator viewing zone that allows rally fans to watch Hyundai’s i20 WRC cars being serviced undercover.

Hyundai has even made provision to serve cups of hot coffee and soup to spectators while they’re watching the service action unfold.
“We are bringing another approach to the service park,” Alain Penasse, Hyundai Motorsport team manager, told WRC.com.

“Our idea was to bring spectators closer to the team. Hyundai always had a feeling in the past that the spectators were kept away from the cars, maybe with a barrier and VIP standing in front of them.
“But this structure brings the spectators into our hospitality area and closer to the action. When the cars are in service, we open our doors and make our work accessible to everyone.”

Jack Hoy, a British rally fan, was impressed with Hyundai’s new building. He said: “It’s like a massive dealership has been erected in the service area – it’s quite a sight. I love the fact you can watch the engineers working on the cars in the warm. That’s quite a development!”

The temporary structure is so big that it takes a team of engineers five days to build. Hyundai plans to use it on all ten European WRC rounds this season.

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The updated WRC website is not working very well for me: too many clicks to find the live scoring and I can't get the stage by stage drop down menu to work for me. Depending on how I go in I either get only the first stage and cannot move to see other stages, or only the latest stage to be scored and can't click to other stages...

Hopefully gets sorted soon, harder to keep up with the stage by stage results when I can't pick the stage I want to view...

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Stages 1 thru 3 News:
click: wrc.com/news//monte SS1-SS3

SS1 Overall:

SS2 Overall:

SS3 Times:

Day 1 - Monte Carlo - Mdday

The opening morning of Rallye Monte-Carlo was packed with drama and threw up more than a few surprises.

Although all of the crews have ice note teams that inspect the stages around two hours before the competition gets underway, they were all caught out by an unexpected amount of snow and ice on the opening 25km test.

Like almost all of his rivals, reigning World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier was using super-soft slick tyres on SS1 and promptly crashed into a wall on the very first corner. It wasn’t a good start.

Just behind him, Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville became the first retirement. He was 4.5s faster than Ogier at the first split time, but his excitement got the better of him and he crashed into a telegraph pole a couple of corners later. Damage to the rear of his i20 meant he was unable to continue.

Robert Kubica ignored all the drama that was unfolding around him to set fastest times on both of the opening stages. Everyone knew the ex-F1 driver was fast, but the speed with which he got to grips with the unpredictable Monte conditions surprised many. His Ford Fiesta RS WRC was the car to beat.

But on the final stage in the opening loop, the standings changed again. The catalyst was a lengthy section of snow part way through SS3. It was a disaster for those on slick tyres, but great news for those with a couple of snow tyres in the boot of their cars.

Frenchman Bryan Bouffier fitted a snow tyre to one his car’s front corners and repeated the exercise on an opposite corner at the rear. That gave him just enough grip to set the fastest time on SS3 and move into the overall rally lead.

Citroen’s Kris Meeke did the same and moved up in to second place, while Dani Sordo followed suit and leapt in to third overall.

Kubica, who didn’t have the benefit of snow tyres, was unable to match the ultimate pace on SS3 and dropped to fourth place. Ford World Rally Team driver Elfyn Evans was second quickest on SS3 and moved up to fifth place overall, while Mads Ostberg’s Citroen finished the morning in sixth place.

In the WRC2 category, Lorenzo Bertelli set the early pace in his Ford Fiesta R5 and led the way after the first couple of stages to hold a 37-second lead over Yurii Protasov heading into the third test.

But the Italian dropped almost a minute on SS3 and promptly dropped down to second place, behind his Ukranian rival. Ireland’s Michael Barrable finished the morning in third place at the wheel of his Tunnocks World Rally Team Fiesta.

In the WRC3 category, the sole entry of Gilbert Quentin remains on course for a maximum points score after making it to the opening loop of stages unscathed.

The same loop of three stages would be re-run after lunch to complete Thursday’s first leg.

click: wrc.com/news/monte-midday-wrap

Videos: wrc.com/media/videos/


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seems like they are still updating and correcting errors and links etc on WRC.com ! i guess its new site teething troubles !

End of Day 1 news:
Bryan Bouffier continues to lead the Monte Carlo Rally, with Kris Meeke, Robert Kubica and Sebastien Ogier fighting for second at the end of leg one.

After his muted start to his World Rally Championship title defence in the morning, Volkswagen driver Ogier won two of Thursday afternoon's three stages.

He angled his tyre choices towards better conditions than his rivals, who all anticipated more snow.

Heavy rainfall ultimately worked slightly to Ogier's advantage, although stage conditions were still very slushy.

There was little to choose between M-Sport Ford drivers Bouffier and Kubica, and Citroen man Meeke, through the afternoon.

Kubica jumped Meeke for second shortly after service, while Dani Sordo retired from this fight when his Hyundai refused to restart before SS5. He had got the new i20 up to third on its debut.

But Kubica could not make any inroads on Bouffier's lead, and lost second to Meeke again on the final stage.

The pair will start Friday 0.7 seconds apart, 39s adrift of Bouffier, with the flying Ogier just eight seconds behind them.

Mads Ostberg is fifth in the second Citroen, having pulled clear of Kubica's team-mate Elfyn Evans, who remains sixth on his Monte debut.

Finns Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen have made their way up to seventh and eighth after struggling for pace and confidence in the morning.

Latvala had languished as far back as 18th early on, but has recouped 40s of his previous three-minute deficit to the front.

Leading positions after SS6:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Bryan Bouffier M-Sport Ford 1h25m36.6s
2. Kris Meeke Citroen +38.8s
3. Robert Kubica M-Sport Ford +39.5s
4. Sebastien Ogier VW +47.3s
5. Mads Ostberg Citroen +1m20.7s
6. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +1m38.6s
7. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +2m20.8s
8. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport Ford +2m46.9s
9. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +4m06.2s
10. Olivier Burri Burri Ford +4m47.4s *

* WRC2 spec car

click: autosport.com/news//112159


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Great rally so far!

I've found VW Motorsport's site much better (and usually quicker to post times/info) than WRC.com to follow the action. They have the Live Rally Radio, latest tweets, stage times, etc. all on one page.

VW Motorsport Rallye Live

I couldn't find overall times on the new WRC site today! They used to have them to the right along with stage times. Was that too simple? :rolleyes:

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Yeah on the wrc.com site was a extra scroll down the stage times to view the overall stage times !

still what a awesome start to wrc'14 hope it follows the same theme throughout, certainly kubica was impressive and i'm sure everyone was bouffier who !! lolz , i do feel though for neuville / sordo & hyundai

Overall SS4:

Overall SS5:

Overall SS6:


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wrc.com stage times are still a mess its now not switching to the different stages !!....as they say stuff happens !


Day 2: Friday

Overall SS8:

Monte midday wrap: Friday

The defending world champion leapt into second place with a fastest time on the mammoth 49-kilometre opening stage, but Bouffier fought back on the next test to go fastest by 0.2s.

It was enough to stop Ogier in his tracks. Bouffier said: “I am having to drive quite flat out and close to the edges. It’s a great battle with Seb and I’m doing my best.”

Britain’s Kris Meeke was bumped down to third place following Ogier’s first stage charge but he was pleased with his morning’s work after successfully defended the place from day one sensation Robert Kubica just behind.

Citroen’s Mads Ostberg and VW’s Jari-Matti Latvala hold fifth and sixth places respectively at the end of the morning, while M-Sport World Rally Team duo Elfyn Evans and Mikko Hirvonen occupy seventh and eighth places in their Ford Fiesta RS WRCs.

There was drama in the WRC2 category as a brace of punctures forced the lead to change twice. Overnight pacesetter, Yurii Protasov picked up a puncture in SS7 and that handed the lead to Armin Kremer. But Kremer suffered an identical fate on the next test and that handed the lead back to a grateful Protasov.

click: wrc.com/news/friday-midday-wrap

videos: wrc.com/videos/


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WRC Monte Carlo: Ogier leads into final day after commanding showing

Sebastien Ogier goes into the final day of the Monte Carlo Rally with a 51-second lead after a commanding performance on Friday.

Reigning world champion Ogier had languished in ninth place, 1m20s off the lead, three stages into the event following a poor tyre choice in Thursday morning's changeable conditions.

His subsequent recovery charge got him up to fourth by the end of leg one and second halfway through Friday, but closing the 35s gap to leader Bryan Bouffier still looked difficult.

However, a spin for Bouffier's M-Sport Ford on SS9 handed first place to Ogier's Volkswagen.

Ogier's advantage ballooned on the final stage of leg two, where Bouffier had to drive with pace notes borrowed from Francois Delecour having somehow contrived to miss part of the course during the recce.

With Robert Kubica crashing out on Friday afternoon, Citroen is holding secure third and fourth places with Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg.

Ogier's team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala raised his pace through Friday and by the end of the day was up to fifth place, having been as low as 19th as he struggled for confidence on leg one.

M-Sport duo Elfyn Evans and Mikko Hirvonen were among those outpaced by Latvala during leg two, despite the VW driver picking up a puncture on SS9.

VW's third driver Andreas Mikkelsen was poised to move into the top six when he lost four minutes with a mistake, leaving him back in eighth.

The rally concludes with four more stages on Saturday afternoon and evening, ending around 10pm local time.

Leading positions after SS11:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Sebastien Ogier VW 3h14m51.3s
2. Bryan Bouffier M-Sport Ford +51.1s
3. Kris Meeke Citroen +1m38.6s
4. Mads Ostberg Citroen +2m48.9s
5. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +6m04.4s
6. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +6m14.5s
7. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport Ford +6m43.7s
8. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +10m16.9s
9. Jaroslav Melicharek Slovakia Ford +16m00.8s
10. Matteo Gamba Balbosca Peugeot +20m01.4s*

* S2000 car

click: autosport.com/news/112179

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