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The 2008 Monte Carlo Rally, officially 76ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo, was the 76th Monte Carlo Rally and the first round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place during January 24–27, 2008, beginning with two stages driven in darkness throughout on Thursday and ending with a short super special around the harbour area of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco on Sunday.[1]

2008 Monte Carlo Rally
76ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo
Round 1 of the 2008 World Rally Championship
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Cuoq and Latvala - 2008 Monte Carlo Rally 2.jpg
Jean-Marie Cuoq and Jari-Matti Latvala driving on liaison.
Host countryMonaco Monaco
Rally baseMonte Carlo
Dates runJanuary 24 – 27 2008
Stages19 (365.09 km; 226.86 miles)
Stage surfaceTarmac/Ice/Snow
Overall distance1,481.25 km (920.41 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews47 at start, 34 at finish
View of Monaco, rally base and SSS19 - Monaco Circuit host.

Sébastien Loeb took a record fifth Monte Carlo win for the Citroën Total World Rally Team. Ford's Mikko Hirvonen was second and Subaru's Chris Atkinson third, after a tight battle with François Duval; drivers finished the final Super Special Stage with exact same times[2] and ended the event with just above 1s time gap between them.[3] Petter Solberg was fifth, followed by Gigi Galli, Jean-Marie Cuoq, Per-Gunnar Andersson, Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson. Dani Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala both retired from day three, but continued under the SupeRally rules and finished 11th and 12th respectively.[4]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:39:17.0 0.0 10
2.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:41:51.4 2:34.4 8
3.   Chris Atkinson   Stéphane Prévot Subaru Impreza WRC2007 3:42:15.6 2:58.6 6
4.   François Duval   Eddy Chevalier Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:42:16.7 2:59.7 5
5.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC2007 3:43:57.9 4:40.9 4
6.   Gigi Galli   Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:48:03.5 8:46.5 3
7.   Jean-Marie Cuoq   Philippe Janvier Peugeot 307 WRC 3:49:41.8 10:24.8 2
8.   Per-Gunnar Andersson   Jonas Andersson Suzuki SX4 WRC 3:50:36.5 [1] 11:19.5 1
[1] — Including 40s penalty for being late out of the service zone.[5]

Special stagesEdit

All dates and times are CET (UTC+1).

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(24 JAN)
SS1 18:46 Jean en Royans - Col de la Chau 28.12 km   D. Sordo 14:08.9 119.3 km/h   D. Sordo
SS2 19:36 La Cime du Mas - Col de Gaudissart 17.58 km   S. Loeb 9:25.7 111.9 km/h   S. Loeb
2
(25 JAN)
SS3 08:24 St. Pierreville - Col de la Fayolle 1 29.52 km   S. Loeb 18:54.4 93.7 km/h
SS4 10:02 Burzet - Lachamp Raphael 1 16.30 km   D. Sordo 9:37.1 101.7 km/h
SS5 10:48 St. Martial - Le Chambon - Beleac 1 12.66 km   S. Loeb 8:06.2 93.7 km/h
SS6 14:51 St. Pierreville - Col de la Fayolle 2 29.52 km   S. Loeb 18:41.8 94.7 km/h
SS7 16:29 Burzet - Lachamp Raphael 2 16.30 km   S. Loeb 9:40.7 101.1 km/h
SS8 17:15 St. Martial - Le Chambon - Beleac 2 12.66 km   S. Loeb 8:03.6 94.2 km/h
3
(26 JAN)
SS9 07:31 Labatie d'Andaure - Lalouvesc 1 19.37 km   D. Sordo 11:18.1 102.8 km/h
SS10 08:13 St. Bonnet - St. Bonnet 1 25.36 km   S. Loeb 12:39.0 120.3 km/h
SS11 09:38 Lamastre - Gilhoc - Alboussiere 1 21.66 km   S. Loeb 12:59.8 100.0 km/h
SS12 12:52 Labatie d'Andaure - Lalouvesc 2 19.37 km   S. Loeb 11:12.0 103.8 km/h
SS13 13:34 St. Bonnet - St. Bonnet 2 25.36 km   C. Atkinson 12:23.9 122.7 km/h
SS14 14:59 Lamastre - Gilhoc - Alboussiere 2 21.66 km   S. Loeb 13:08.4 98.9 km/h
4
(27 JAN)
SS15 09:50 La Bollene Vesubie - Moulinet 1 22.68 km   F. Duval 15:48.6 86.1 km/h
SS16 11:08 Luceram - Loda 15.34 km   D. Sordo 10:51.7 84.7 km/h
SS17 11:51 La Bollene Vesubie - Moulinet 2 22.68 km   F. Duval 15:27.7 88.0 km/h
SS18 13:09 Luceram - Col des Portes 6.25 km   F. Duval 4:24.4 85.1 km/h
SS19 15:10 Monaco Circuit 2.70 km   C. Atkinson
  F. Duval
1:40.7 96.5 km/h

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 10
2   Mikko Hirvonen 2 8
3   Chris Atkinson 3 6
4   François Duval 4 5
5   Petter Solberg 5 4
6   Gigi Galli 6 3
7   Jean-Marie Cuoq 7 2
8   Per-Gunnar Andersson 8 1
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Rank Driver Event Total
points
MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 11 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11
2   Subaru World Rally Team 10 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
3   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
  Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8
5   Suzuki World Rally Team 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
6   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Monte Carlo: Rally route". Motorsport.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  2. ^ "Missed Atko vs Duval in Monaco?". WRC.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  3. ^ "All eyes on battle for third place". WRC.com. Archived from the original on 31 January 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Loeb clinches record Monte win". Autosport. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  5. ^ "Monte Carlo Rally - no changes on top (Rajd Monte Carlo: Układ sił bez zmian)". Rajdy.v10.pl (in Polish). Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.

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