76th running of Rallye Monte Carlo
Date: January 24th (Thursday) - 27th (Sunday)
Special Stages: 19 Competitive kilometers : 365.09km
Overall distance (including road sections) : 1,736.03km

Located in the heart of France's southeast is the city of Valance. It is close to Lyon, the entry to the French Alps and their legendary tarmac mountain roads, where the four-day event is based. Two stages will be run at night on the 24th, with six more on the Friday and Saturday respectively, while the last day of the event moves to Monaco for the final four stages including the 'Col de Turini' special stage. The event is scheduled to finish in an urban setting on the part of Grand Prix circuit.

In the world of motorsport, Rallye Monte Carlo has been the opening round of the World Rally Championship since the series' inception. This year, a long season comprising of 15 rounds kicks off once again with this heroic battle.
The legend of the knight 'Monte Carlo' that came alive in the Middle Ages.
Until the first half of the 1990s, the long-distance tradition of the event saw contestants began their journey to the Monaco starting point from as many as five different European locations. It is a continuation of the tradition from the Middle Ages when the ruling lords would summon knights from all corners of their jurisdiction. Today the rally enjoys the longest history of any event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), celebrating its 76th running this year. In keeping with its illustrious tradition, on the last day the silver trophy is handed to the winner by Prince Albert at the palace of the Principality of Monaco. Even today, it holds the highest status amongst all events in the WRC. Though a three-day affair in recent times, the event in 2008 is run over four days, creating an atmosphere reminiscent the event in times past.
Since ancient times, Monte Carlo has played host to the mortorsport festival that sees cars running at night on the twisty, demanding mountain roads above the principality. At night, seeing headlights flash as the cars tear up and over the 'Col de Turini' brings back memories of the legends of the WRC. This year, the famous stage will once again be run, this time on the final day as SS15/17

This is the place where the world's wealthy gather in high-class apartments for social functions, looking down into the Azure sea and the yacht-filled harbour with its many huge cabin cruisers and glittering white sails. Monaco is host to two of the world's most prestigious motorsport events, from the world of the WRC and Formula One. Monte Carlo is also the location where SUBARU driver Chris Atkinson scored a well-deserved 4th place finish after a keen battle in 2007.


A battle amidst easily changing weather and road conditions
Road conditions on this event are notorious for their ability to change completely in a matter of moments. Typically, a Monte Carlo stage that is dry one minute can be completely wet the next, and can then change to become ice-packed or snow-covered immediately after that. This hour-to-hour changing of conditions is due to the high elevation and mid-winter running of the stages.
Tyre selection is therefore a crucial part of any competitor's arsenal, as being able to deal with changing grip levels is paramount to achieving a result. This season a new rule for the WRC event dictates that all 4WD machines must be on Pirelli rubber.
The first time SUBARU took control of Rallye Monte Carlo was back in 1995, in the Group A era. Spanish driver Carlos Sainz took victory on the season-opener in what was his second year with SUBARU. Then in 1997, Italian pilot Pierro Liatti gave SUBARU victory in the first year of the World Rally car era with his win in the Impreza WRC97. In 2002, the driver who changed the folklore of the modern rally driver, Tommi Makinen (Finland), came over to SUBARU, scoring victory on his first event with SWRT. It is a truly admirable achievement to take four consecutive victories on an event as demanding as this.

1995WinnerCarlos SainzImpreza
1997WinnerPiero LiattiImpreza WRC97
2002WinnerTommi MakinenImpreza WRC2001