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The Monte-Carlo Historic Rally is underway with hundreds of cars setting off from seven European cities, including Stockholm, Lisbon and Barcelona, for the 1,300-mile trip to Monaco. Eighty cars – representing models that took part in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980 – left the only UK departure point, in Paisley, Scotland, at 6 pm on Wednesday.
The Historique, now in its 20th year, takes place over eight days on open public roads with the cars and crews apparently undaunted by the distance of 2,688 kilometres from Paisley to Monaco. Before arriving in the Principality, the cars will go through a series of test stages in the mountains of southern France.
Douglas Anderson, the UK co-ordinator, said of the send-off: “This year’s Monte start has all the ingredients to make it a unique mid-winter festival which is guaranteed to lift the spirits of all the folk from Paisley and beyond who come along each year to enjoy the wonderful carnival atmosphere.”
The Final Night Run starts January 31 in Monaco at 9 pm and will feature two notorious tests: Luceram-Lantosque (26.89 km) in the Vésubie Valley at 10 pm, and La Bollène Vésubie-Moulinet-Sospel (52.78 km), which includes the celebrated 1,604-metre Col de Turini at 10:45 pm. Racers will arrive at Port Hercule for the finish around 1:20 am.
Boris Herrmann, captain of the Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco, aided in the rescue effort to find fellow sailor Kevin Escoffier after he was forced to abandon ship.
Seven-time Formula One world champion and Monaco resident Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19.
Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc nearly collided at the Bahrain Grand Prix and Vettel was clearly none too pleased with the Monegasque’s moves.
Fresh off their exciting win against Paris, Sunday’s victory against Nîmes Olympique gives AS Monaco their longest winning streak since 2016-17 and puts them firmly in the Top 5.