Monte Carlo Rally revives Casino Square start for 2014 WRC

One of the most famous start venues in world motorsport will return next year, when the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally gets underway from Casino Square

Monte Carlo Rally revives Casino Square start for 2014 WRC

The French Alps classic moved out of the principality in 2007 and was centred on Valence in the Drome region.

Next year's route returns what is likely to be the opening round of the World Rally Championship to its more traditional Monaco-Monaco format.

The Casino Square start is late on the afternoon of Tuesday January 14. The location was used for the Volkswagen WRC launch last year (pictured).

Shakedown runs the following morning at an all-new stage close to Gap, while competition proper starts on Thursday January 16 with two loops of Orpierre-Saint Andre de Rosans (15.86 miles), Rosans-Sainte Marie-La Charce (11.18 miles) and Montauban sur l'Ouveze-Col du Perty-Laborel (12.03 miles). Mid-day service will be in Gap.

Friday runs out of Gap as well, starting with Vitrolles-Col D'Espreaux-Faye (30.60 miles) and Selonnet-Col des Garcinets-Breziers (14.13 miles).

After a final service in Gap, the crews will head south for Monaco, returning to Vitrolles on the way. They will also drive the legendary Sisteron-Col de Fontbelle-Thoard (22.80 miles) and Digne-Col de Corobin-Chaudon Norante (12.17 miles) at night.

Saturday will bring its usual break in the morning before two loops of two stages in the evening, the first being the infamous La Bollene Vesubie-Col de Turini-Moulinet (14.67 miles) and the second the new Sospel-Col de Brouis-Breil sur Roya (10.37 miles) stage.

After a late night return to Monaco, the podium celebrations take place outside the palace on Sunday January 19.

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