The route of this year’s ADAC (General German Automobile Club) Rallye Deutschland will include a brand new spectator-friendly test and a different power stage.
Centered again on the south-western city of Trier and the surrounding Moselle wine region, this year’s event will take place from August 19 to 22 as the ninth round of the World Rally Championship.
The rally will start on Friday night with the traditional ceremony in front of the historic Porta Nigra gate in Trier. The stunning location will also host the finish podium on Monday.
The stage action kicks off on Saturday, when crews head into the vineyards for a revised 22-kilometers version of Mittelmosel and then Moselland that will run in the opposite direction to 2015. The afternoon loop features a new challenge in the Ollmuth test, an 8.21-kilometer circuit stage a few kilometers south of Trier that offers spectators views of almost the whole route from naturally terraced hillside stands.
Sunday’s leg begins on the high-speed country roads of the Saarland region, with the 14.7-kilometer Freisen-Westrich stage, which was last on the itinerary in 2010, and the Bosenberg stage which has a new opening section. The day’s highlight, however, will be the stages on the military proving grounds at Baumholder. Like last year, the iconic Hinkelstein-littered Panzerplatte will host five stages: a 2.87-kilometer sprint, which will be run three times, and a 40-kilometer monster that will be tackled twice.
Monday’s third and final day features the 14.79-kilometer Dhrontal stage, famous for its long sequences of hairpin turns, and the 14.84-kilometer Sauertal near the Luxembourg border. The second pass of Sauertal will act as the rally closing Power Stage – instead of Dhrontal in 2015.
After 18 stages covering 306 kilometers, the winning crew will reach the finish podium in Trier on Monday afternoon.