Monte Carlo Historique Day Two

Over 300 competitors on the 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, that started on Wednesday 27th January, have now completed concentration runs from their 5 starting points; Oslo, Glasgow, Bad Homburg, Reims and Barcelona, converging on the small town of St Andre Les Alpes before setting out on their first regularity stage and run into Monte Carlo, with the first cars arriving in the principality at around 17.00 on Saturday 30 January.

Sunday, and crews have completed the second competitive day of the event with a series of regularities, ending with a well-earned night halt in Valence. Monday will provide the crews with a challenging days' rallying with a 'classic' loop that includes the torturous Burzet stage, before tired competitors and support crews return late again to Valence.

Tuesday features another early start with a series of regularity sections that will lead cars back across the high ground towards Monaco where, after a short break, the traditional daunting final night loop takes place in the mountains. The rally ends with two demanding regularity stages on the Col du Turini and Col de Porte; where many times in the past the rally has been won - or lost! Survivors will finally see the welcome sight of the finish ramp on the Monte Carlo harbour-side in the early hours of Wednesay 3 February.

Currently Porsche 911's hold first and second places but it's still early days with only 5 of the 14 stages run. Best IRDC crew is currently Rick Pearson and Stuart Pringle in 73rd position in their Lancia Fulvia 1.3S on 307 penalties followed by Jeff Orford and Peter Moss 108th in a Porsche 911S on 551 penalties, The 1954 Ainscough Lancia Aurelia B20 GT, co-driven by the irrepressible Willy Cave is third IRDC crew with 955 penalties.

31st January, 2016