Applause and high-fives to all who finished the 82nd edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, by all accounts one of the most trying in its illustrious history. The sheer determination and bravery shown by Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia was also displayed by Veit Konig/Andreas Schwalie (the final crew to finish this year’s event), but of course the pace was vastly different. The weather played havoc with tyre choices, the rainfall turned the already sludgy roads into slimy and slippery tracks and the snow and ice caught many unawares. To still drive a rally car at high speeds, I take my hat off to all finishers.
Here is a collection of moments we at Handbrakes & Hairpins have called the “That was close…” We by no means wish to offend any drivers, but merely illustrate the awful weather and its consequences for our favourite rally crews. Continue reading “That was close…”