Only a few days are left before the start of the next World Rally Championship in Germany; here we tell you about the roads of this complex race.
Considered as being the hardest asphalt rally of the end of the season, this competition compels an efficient work with the Marshalls, who go across all of the stages before the competitors to provide them with updated info on the roads conditions. The unpredictable weather makes car set-up the major issue within teams’ plannings.
Friday’s Opening Ceremony features two special stages of closed curves and two very demanding super special stages in Wadern-Weiskirchen. Then, on Saturday, two fast and very narrow stages, which are more than 150 km apart, will be raced, to finish at the dreaded military highways of Baumholder and give the perfect adrenaline to a tirals weekend.
On Sunday the drivers will go down almost 100 km of stages on the intimidating mixed-surface trainning tracks of Panzerplatte. To close the round, the Bosenberg Power Stage will end up outside of St. Wendel, before the Awards Ceremony, held downtown.
This race was first disputed on 1982, when it still gave points for the European Rally Championship. It moved to Trier in the year 2000 and became part of the WRC calendar on 2002. Citröen won every round in Germany, ever since it entered WRC until 2014. Sébastien Loeb won nine times, and Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo seized one victory each until Thierry Neuville took the first place on the podium for Hyundai in the year 2014.
What’s New on 2018
New beginning and end in St. Wendel. The opening on Thursday night is followed by a Super Special Stage at the track near to Wendelinuspark. Bosenberg is back at the schedule after a year of absence, introducing the Power Stage that finishes on Sunday. Last year’s 2.87 km Panzerplatte Sprint is now three times longer and has been redesignated Panzerplatte Arena.
The race consists of 18 stages (325.76 km) and the Service Park will be placed in Bostalsee. It starts on August 13 and concludes on August 19.