To do even better this year in Monte-Carlo

Published on 13.01.2022

Grégoire Munster is taking part in the Monte-Carlo rally this weekend, and ACL Sport got to catch up with him before the start of the season, when he shared his pre-race excitement.

First rally of the year: the legendary Monte Carlo. How do you prepare for such a unique rally?
The preparation is quite similar to other rallies - we analyse and work on the on-board cameras from previous years, in addition to the physical preparation. Only the work involving the openers, the team that spends 2 hours before special stages making last-minute changes to our notes according to the conditions, is different. You have to make sure you’re on the same page and have good communication to get the best notes.

This is one of the best-known and most popular rallies. What are the first images that go through your mind when you think about this rally?
The Monte Carlo is above all synonymous with unusual conditions and impossible tyre choices. You can't give it 100% for the whole rally and risk not seeing the finish. The first image that comes to my mind is François Delecour in a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 93, 94 and 95. It was before my time, but these images really struck me.

You first competed in 2019, then went on to secure a 5th place WRC3 in 2020. What are you aiming for this year?
Unfortunately I got caught out by a patch of ice in 2019 and didn't finish the rally. We got our revenge in 2020, though, by finishing 14th overall and 5th in WRC3. The goal for 2022 will simply be to do better. This won’t be easy as the new car has never been driven in these conditions. It will be uncharted territory with a lot of adjustments to make.

You will be competing in the WRC2 Junior category behind the wheel of the new Hyundai i20N that you came across at the Monza rally. How is the learning process going?
I did indeed come across it in Monza, and then during the final of the Belgian championship in Spa. There are some pretty big differences compared to the previous generation, so it took some time to get used to, but the car has potential and we soon felt comfortable behind the wheel. It's going to take a few more miles for it to reach its full potential, but that's all part of the game. 

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