The 89th edition of the Monte Carlo Rally, to be held from March 21 to 24, 202, will maintain its main headquarters in Gap (France). Thus, the hometown of the six-time champion, Sébastien Ogier, will become operations centre for the WRC‘s opening round for the eighth consecutive year.
Specifically, the Alpine villa will host several specials of the legendary race as well as the service park, something that has been happening since 2014. Its organizers have strongly support its continuity even though there had been strong rumors about a change of scenery.
In fact, the news has caused surprise among some protagonists of the specialty. In fact, many voices were (almost) certain about the return to Valence, the previous nerve centre of the test.
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The rumors were based on the fact that the rugged terrain of Gap, located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, as well as its small size, usually create discomfort and difficulties for participants and fans.
In this regard, it should be remembered that the park service is located in a narrow sports facilities, which require the teams to develop their work in narrow and uncomfortable spaces.
This problem is compounded by that of traffic. On its streets, traffic jams are common during the days of the event, since the small city only has one main arterty.
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