One of the world oldest and toughest racing event – the Monte Carlo Rally also know as Rally Monte Carlo or with an official name Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo - is really a thrilling driving experience for the participators. It is held every year by the Automobile Club de Monaco which also organizes the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. The event takes many risky routes and difficult weather conditions like combination of snow, ice and water and tough road condition in terms of sharp corners and snow covering which sometimes really hard to guess and takes more sharp and precise calls while driving at high speed to give their best and at the same time competing with the other rivals.
This time celebration take homes with ŠKODA with its Skoda Fabia Super 2000 teaming-up with Sepp Wiegand and Frank Christian [from Germany], has won the opening event of the WRC-2 completing Stage 16 and day 4th at Monte Carlo along the French Riviera in the Principality of Monaco and southeast France. The words from the winner Sepp Wiegand – “An incredibly difficult rally and an incredible success! I never even dared to dream about such an excellent result before my first appearance at the Monte.”.
The WRC-2 standings after Stage 16 / Day 4 :
1. Sepp Weigand Skoda Fabia Super 2000 5h 44m 22.4s WRC2
2. Armin Kremer Subaru Impreza +6m 34.2s WRC2
3. Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza +10m 39.5s WRC2
4. Rashid Al-Ketbi Skoda Fabia S2000 +25m 58.5s WRC2
5. Ricardo Trivino Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +48m 26.6s WRC2
On the other hand, Esapekka Lappi has a good start to the event by winning Stage 1, but due to the damaged front-left suspension, he has to then leave the Stage 2 for the unintentional driving error which results a failure but will have a good luck for the next event.
History of Monte Carlo Rally
From its inception in 1911 by Prince Albert I, the rally goes under tough and extreme conditions, was an important means of testing the latest improvements and innovations to automobiles. Winning the rally gave the car a great deal of credibility and publicity. Previously, competitors would set off from all four corners of Europe and ‘rally’, in other words, meet, in Monaco to celebrate the end of a unique event.
Photo Gallery of SKODA Fabia Super 2000 winning WRC-2 at Monte Carlo Rally 2013
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Sepp Wiegand in a ŠKODA Fabia wins the WRC-2 class at the Monte Carlo Rally
Commenting on ŠKODA´s appearance at the Monte Carlo Rally, Head of ŠKODA´s motorsport department Michal Hrabánek says: “Congratulations to Sepp and Frank on this historic triumph they have achieved for ŠKODA. They put in a tactically mature performance which is a promise for the events to come. We have decided to give a chance to young drivers this year, and we believe it´s the right decision for the future.”
Sepp Wiegand was thrilled to bits: “An incredibly difficult rally and an incredible success! I never even dared to dream about such an excellent result before my first appearance at the Monte.”
Esapekka Lappi made a good start to the event by winning Stage 1, but then he had to give up in Stage 2 after a driving mistake and its consequences – a damaged front-left suspension: “It is a big disappointment, because we won Stage 1 and we felt really good, despite the mistake we´d made. However, we had to stop in Stage 2 due to the consequences of that small collision (with a rock). Considering the hard work put in by all the team members, we are so sorry about this outcome! We had a completely different idea about the start to this season, but we will certainly do our best to make up for this failure at the next event. We took a team training session here in Monte Carlo that should help us.”
The Monte Carlo Rally is the world´s oldest car race and one of the most difficult events. As usual, the on-track conditions were difficult, mainly due to a combination of snow and ice. Rides through mountain passes including the “Night of the Long Knives”, the famous ride through the Col de Turini at 1,606 a.s.l., 468 special-stage kilometres, 1,352 liaison kilometres and 18 special stages spread over four days – that is the legend by the name of ´Monte´.
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