Pace Notes: 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo


Upcoming rally driver Gus Greensmith took part in a three-day recce for the Rallye Monte-Carlo this week as he looks to gain experience with co-driver Alex Gelsomino, this is what he said about the stages:

How are the conditions for the rally? Any surprises?

Greensmith: “It’s wet/dry tarmac in most places. However the stages I recced on Tuesday were covered in compact snow except the 51km’s of Lardier et Valenca – Faye. The areas covered in snow melt quickly but when it begins to snow, it’s sticks quickly too. Conditions are ever changing.”

Although you wont be taking part this year, what stage of the rally stands out as the most exciting for you?

Greensmith: “Stage 1 Entrevaux – Rouaine. It was so fast but if you’re slightly off line, you’ll clip a bank & have a huge accident. The stage sill also be run at night… It’s terrifying but rewarding.”

How was the recce for you and how have you benifitted from it?

Greensmith: “Day 2 was very difficult as my recce car wasn’t too keen on climbing up steep snowy roads. Apart from that, I’ve learnt lots which will benefit me immensely when I hopefully return to do the rally in 2017.”

EVENT: 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo
START DATE:
 21.01.2016
END DATE: 24.01.2016
TIMEZONE: UTC 1
CATEGORY: WRC, WRC2, WRC3
STAGES: 16 (374.89KM)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1474.34 KM
SURFACE: Snow, ice and dry asphalt

Thursday 21 January 2016

SS1 ENTREVAUX – ROUAINE 21.11 KM
SS2 BARLES – SEYNE 20.23 KM

Friday 22 January 2016

SS3 CORPS – LA SALLE EN BEAUMONT 1 14.54 KM
SS4 ASPRES LES CORPS – CHAUFFAYER 1 25.55 KM
SS5 LES COSTES – CHAILLOL 1 17.67 KM
SS6 CORPS – LA SALLE EN BEAUMONT 2 14.54 KM
SS7 ASPRES LES CORPS – CHAUFFAYER 2 25.55 KM
SS8 LES COSTES – CHAILLOL 2 17.67 KM

Saturday 23 January 2016

SS9 LARDIER ET VALENCA – FAYE 1 51.17 KM
SS10 ST LEGER LES MELEZES-LA BATIE NEUVE 1 17.03 KM
SS11 LARDIER ET VALENCA – FAYE 2 51.1 KM
SS12 ST LEGER LES MELEZES-LA BATIE NEUVE 2 17.03 KM
SS13 SISTERON – THOARD 36.35 KM

Sunday 24 January 2016

SS14 COL DE L’ORME – ST LAURENT 1 12.02 KM
SS15 LA BOLLENE VESUBIE – PEIRA CAVA 21.24 KM
SS16 COL DE L’ORME – ST LAURENT 2 (Power Stage) 12.02 KM