80th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo
When17 - 22 January 2012 (6 days) 
WhereMonte Carlo



Following tradition, the 2012 rally will start in Valence (Drome) with special stages in Ardeche, Haute Loire and the Vercors mountains, before returning to Monaco and Alpes Maritimes.


Reconnaissance will last three days, Saturday 14th to Monday 16th January, with a limit of two runs per special stage route.


Technical and administrative checks finish at 12 noon on Tuesday 17th January at the same time as Shakedown.

The shakedown takes place south of Valence, near the D261, on the Plateau de Lautagne, 8 km from the Service Park (which is typically located at the Polygon, in the Parc des Expositions).


At 7 p.m. on the same day, all competitors will be presented on the starting podium in numerical order, in front of the Kiosque de Peynet (Champ de Mars).

After the Starting Ceremony, on Friday 18th, competitors will drive the “Le Moulinon – Antraigues” and “Burzet – St Martial (via Ray–Pic)” specials twice, with a stop at the Valence Service Park around midday.


The following day, Thursday 19th, three specials will be held in Ardeche and Haute Loire: “Labatie d’Andaure – Laborel”, “St Bonnet le Froid – St Bonnet Le Froid”, and “Lamastre – Alboussiere” with a stop in the Valence Service Park before a 2nd afternoon run.


On Friday, the Drome special stages will be “Jean en Royans – Font d’Urle” and “Vassieux Cemetery – Col de Gaudissart”, followed by “Montauban sur Ouveze: Eygalayes” to Monaco, with a finish scheduled for about 8 p.m.


On Saturday, the now classic stages of “Moulinet – La Bollene Vesubie” and “Lantosque – Luceram” will be held in the afternoon for the first run and at night for the second.


A Power Stage, which distributes bonus points to the three fastest finishers, will close the Rally on Sunday 22nd. It starts at 10 am, and runs from Sainte Agnes to Col de la Madone, a distance of 5.2 km.


In total, there will be more than 430 km of special stages contested in the 80th Monte Carlo Rally and some 1,300 km of link roads.