I got a message last weekend from Jens Gandrup Jorgensen who prepares road books for sale to competitors in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. He has been doing this for a number of years and many of his customers have had great finishes in this event, Jens also competes in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique himself, sharing a car with his son.
Jens said that the measuring of the route has been done and that now he is working on writing the roads books.
In a previous post I noted that the itineraries for the routes were available on the website for this event. These itineraries form the basis for the the preparation of the road books. I have copied a portion of the itinerary that shows the information the organizers made available for the ZR 5 leg of the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. This is shown below.
Portion Of The 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique
The ZR 5 leg is shown in bold font in the image above. This leg is scheduled to have starting times in mid-afternoon from 14:35 to the early evening at 19:34. In order to help understand the above itinerary I have marked the Michelin map with red lines below to show the indicated route. The ZR 5 leg begins near the intersection of D76 and D178 and heads north on D178. The start outside of Vassieux-en-Vercors is at a graveyard from WWII. The Vercors was home for the French “Resistance” organization during the war.
Marked Michelin Map Showing ZR 5
The route goes north on D178 for a little more than 6 kilometres to the village of La Cime du Mas, then turns left onto D199. D199 goes through the Col deCarri and goes on to connect with D76 at a total distance from the start of the leg of a little more than 17 kilometres. The cars are to turn right and proceed north on D76 for less than a kilometre then turn left to follow a secondary road to Col de l’Echarasson and ends when the road meets up again with D76, some 24 kilometres from the start of ZR 5.
A View Of The Col de l’Echarasson Along ZR 5
The rally competitors will have to traverse this leg at a given average speed that will likely be very close to 50 km/hour. There typically will be about 8 controls along this 24 kilometre ZR leg measuring the competitor’s timing error to the 1/10 second compared to the perfect time to that point.
Jens wrote to me saying that ZR 5 has been covered with ice and snow for the last 8 years. The first 6 km on D178 is easy and the next 11 km over Col de Carri has a few hairpins but is also easy. However the last 8 km up through Col d’Escarasson is impossible to do at 50 km/h on ice and snow therefore this 8 km stretch will be quite intense. The picture below shows Jens at Col d’Escarasson during last year’s Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.
Conditions At Col d’Escarasson During The 2015 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique
What Jens and his team are now working on are the road books that will provide the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique competitors with detailed instructions and reference points to three decimal points along the rally route. As a teaser, Jens’ message said that ZR 11 has an exciting 1 km with 6 hairpins heading down hill and that ZR 14 contains 57 hairpins in total, most of them down hill. Sounds challenging in winter conditions.
If any rally competitors are interested in taking advantage of Jen’s road books for the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, then check out his website at www.a-team.dk
I will have more information about this rally in the upcoming weeks.