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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND WRC 2015- THE MAKING OF A SPECIAL STAGE AT THE ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

WRC A FULL 2015

The making of a Special Stage at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

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A glimpse at the planners’ work – the Bosenberg Special Stage
Experience, tact and attention to detail are the planners’ essential skills
Teamwork is the key to success at the German FIA WRC rally

19 May th, 2015

Munich/Trier, 15 May 2015 – The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is known to deliver spectacular rally racing. It holds 21 Special Stages in store for the drivers and teams in 2015. Each of the 374km must be prepared to perfection to allow World Champion Sébastien Ogier, 2014 winner Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala, and the other WRC drivers to deliver top performance. Clerk of the Course Alfred Rommelfanger and his assistants, Stefan Bayer and Franz-Rudolf Ubach, go about planning the Special Stages (SS) with the required precision and thoroughness. Their mission requires plenty of experience, tact and attention to detail.

Variety and regional diversity are the planners’ guiding principles
“Planning requires the most in terms of time and effort for new Special Stages and some that were not on the itinerary for some time”, explained Mr Rommelfanger. “But we rise to the challenge since we want to offer the fans and participants some novelty every time. When we put together our selection of Special Stages, we look first and foremost for regional diversity. This year, for instance, we sought a new challenge in the Saarland.” What they came up with is a revival of the challenging Bosenberg Special Stage near the town of St. Wendel. It was on the itinerary last in the 2011 ADAC Rallye Deutschland.”

Panning begins early and synergies are exploited
Taking Bosenberg as an example, Alfred Rommelfanger explains the step-by-step planning of a new Special Stage: “At an early stage, we involved ADAC Saarland, the regional club on site. The colleagues’ first suggestion was Bosenberg. At that location, good experiences were made with rallies at state level, for instance the German Rally Championship (DRM) and the ADAC Rallye Masters. And the Special Stage had been found fit for a WRC rally before.” Within ADAC, the decision to include the Bosenberg Special Stage was made after an on-site inspection. The planner in charge of the stage itinerary in this case was Assistant Clerk of the Course Stefan Bayer.

Special requirements for a WRC event
Once a Special Stage receives the go-ahead, several on-site inspections are carried out by different bodies involved in the planning process, such as stage safety and spectator management as well as the designated Special Stage management. In the following stages of planning, certain requirements must be taken into account, said Mr Rommelfanger: “First, there is the length of the Special Stage: The FIA specifies that the length of a Special Stage should represent at least 25% of the whole rally.” Outside such predetermined criteria, much of the final set-up and arrangements comes down to the experience of the planners. “For instance, you have to create a certain infrastructure around the start and finish area to allow you to manage the large WRC field of starters. The same goes for spectator areas, the parking lots, access and exit roads. When it comes to that, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland is a major spectator event in the true sense of the word,” added Mr Rommelfanger.

Consensual planning involving the communities affected
At the same time the planning team holds the first meetings with the town administrations and local authorities involved. “In the case of Bosenberg, we had the advantage that the local authorities already had rally experience. If a Special Stage is selected for the first time, planning begins a year ahead: This gives the local counterparts involved the opportunity of a first-hand look at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland on location. This makes the follow-through meetings and talks so much easier,” said the Clerk of the Course. When the ADAC team is through planning the stage itinerary, the next step is getting the official approval process started. In this process, the focus is on environmental protection and conservancy issues as well as on the interests of the locals living next to the rally stage. Meeting all the requirements is prerequisite to being allowed to run the event.

The FIA approves the itinerary
At least five months prior to the rally, the planned itinerary must be sumbitted to the FIA for approval. The document for this years ADAC Rallye Deutschland was submitted to the FIA by mid March 2015. “Normally, the FIA does not have any further issues. Compared with other international rallies notably, the planning for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland is exemplary,“ said Mr Rommelfanger. At the time of the submission to the FIA, the planned itinerary also goes to the WRC teams to input theirexperiences.During review by the FIA, the planning for the German WRC event continues at full throttle: Now, the Rally Guide, the Road Book and other planning documents are compiled.

Staff planning for the Special Stages
In the weeks and months leading up to the rally, the planners focus their attention on staffing needs for the Special Stages. For stage security, ADAC relies on assistance from its regional and local clubs from all over the country. Even the neighbouring countries regularly chip in their active support. Assistant Clerk of the Course Franz-Rudolf Ubach coordinates the organisation of spectator management. As a matter of policy, ADAC involves the towns along the itinerary in the organisation, furnishing and operation of spectator areas, car parks and catering to the spectators. These tasks are then usually assigned to local associations, groups and businesses.

Setting up and dismantling Special Stages
In the last few days before the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the Special Stages take shape through the work of the installation and removal team. The Bosenberg SS is approx. 17km long. The team in charge of setting up and dismantling the stage furniture will comprise numerous volunteers led by Special Stage manager Ralf Brocker (MSC Obere-Nahe motor sport club). They will strictly implement the stage safety plan. Countless signs, miles and miles of fencing and barriers of all kind must be taken to the specified points along the Special Stages and installed. Immediately after the last rally vehicle has passed a Special Stage the team begins dismantling and completely removing the furniture. At the ADAC Rallye Deutschland it is the organisers’ intention to leave nature as intact after a Special Stage as it was before.

Team work is the key to success
The ADAC Rallye Deutschland Special Stages have always been famous. Whereas the rally teams love the various challenges of the sport, the fans look forward to perfect conditions to watch high-level rally racing live. The appreciation the organisers earn is not a matter of course, it is the result of a coordinated and smooth team effort: “Even after a lifetime of involvement in organising and running rallies, for me the shaping and growing of a Special Stage is a fascinating process every time. From the initial idea through laying out the stage and through actually running it – nothing happens without the committed and purposeful work of dedicated people,” is the bottom line for the Clerk of the Course.

2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland has more to offer than ever before.

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Mega action on a total of 21 Special Stages
Five Special Stages at the legendary Panzerplatte
Comeback of the Mittelmosel and Bosenberg Special Stages
Optimised layout of the Service Park Trier

More mileage, more Special Stages, more action: The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is expanding again this year. With a total of some 374 kilometres to cover, the German event of the FIA World Rally Championship is approx. 48 kilometres longer this year than in 2014. The number of Special Stages has also increased: A total of 21 Special Stages – three more than in 2014 – will be on the officially approved itinerary for World Champion Sébastien Ogier, 2014 winner Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala, and the other WRC drivers. Five of these will take place on the notorious Panzerplatte alone. Rally fans all over the world know what this means: The 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland will be the most attractive yet!

Thursday, 20 August 2015
Before the action starts in the Mosel Region around Trier as well as in the Eifel Region, the Saarland and on the Baumholder military range, the Shakedown at Konz is the first item on the agenda on Thursday (20 August). During this warm-up, fans will have all day to watch the rally vehicles in various points. That same evening’s autograph signing session with the WRC stars on Trier’s main market place is a must for the fans. So is the subsequent Show Start in front of the impressively illuminated Porta Nigra gate, ushering in a three-day spectacular that showcases the elite of rally-racing.

Friday, 21 August 2015
Friday (21 August) starts off with the 14.84km Sauertal Special Stage near the border with Luxembourg. Next, the rally stars will chase up and down the slopes of the Eifel Region on the 16.40km Waxweiler Special Stage near the Belgian border. Then, the Moselland Special Stage will see the competitors race 23.24km against the clock , including narrow vineyard service roads with extremely tight hairpin turns. After a one-year hiatus, the popular Mittelmosel Special Stage will return to the ADAC Rallye Deutschland in a more compact version. 13.67km long and set amid the vineyards, it is a highlight with numerous spectacular viewpoints. All four Special Stages will again be on the schedule for Friday afternoon.

Saturday, 22 August 2015
Saturday (22 August) will be another action-packed day: It will start off with the 18.35km Grafschaft Special Stage including its unique panoramic road overlooking the river Mosel. The Bosenberg Special Stage represents yet another comeback: The challenging test in the Saarland Region was on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland itinerary for the last time in 2011. This year, it will take the competitors along the prominent landmark near the town of St. Wendel over 17.13km.

The highlight of the day will be the Baumholder military range spectacular, which ADAC has enhanced yet again: A total of five spectacular Special Stages will take place in the Arena Panzerplatte this year. Successfully introduced last year, the Sprint format will be a double act this year: The teams will complete the 2.87km circuit – most of it in full view of the fans – twice in a row in the morning. So, once across the Finish line, it’s back to square one! Of course, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland would not be complete without its crown jewel: This year, the Panzerplatte Long Special Stage will cover a total of 45.61km. In the afternoon, the same Special Stages will be on the agenda again, but in a slightly different sequence: After the Grafschaft Special Stage, the rally will return to the Baumholder military range, where yet another Sprint and long stint will excite the fans. The second Bosenberg Special Stage will wrap up the day’s rallying.

Sunday, 23 August 2015
The final day (23 August) of the 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland also holds something new in store: For the first time, the second leg of the Dhrontal Stage, shortened to 14.08km, will be run as a Power Stage. Which means: The drivers who cross the finish line at Neumagen-Dhron, the oldest wine-grower’s village in Germany, can add valuable extra points to their WRC standings. But first, they will have to complete the 19.59km Stein & Wein Special Stage east of Trier, before negotiating the countless hairpin turns in the vineyards of the Dhrontal Special Stage. Once again, the historic Roman Porta Nigra gate in Trier will provide the backdrop for the podium ceremony of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Here, the numerous fans can celebrate the best drivers and teams of the 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland to their heart’s content.

Optimised layout of the Service Park Trier
With the event schedule officially approved, plans for the Service Park are beginning to take shape as well. The Trier fairgrounds will once more be the hub of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. ADAC will optimise the layout of the various areas and walks this year for even more spectator friendliness. For instance, the regrouping of the vehicles will take place in a different spot. The Service Park is worth a visit every day of the event: Here, the fans are close to the action at all times and have the opportunity to obtain autographs and watch the teams at work. At the Service Park you will also find the fan shops, the info point, food and refreshments, sanitary facilities, as well as a medical station and other services.

Get your pre-sale vouchers and passes now!
The pre-sale of tickets to the 2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland has started: Rally passes/vouchers are now available for €69.00 (€64.00 for ADAC members) at http://shop.rallye-deutschland.de . Along with the pass, you can pre-order the official rally magazine at an extra €5.00.

The rally pass at a glance:
The rally pass is the universal fan ticket to the entire four-day event of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. It provides access to the Shakedown and to all spectator areas along the Special Stages. The pass also includes admission to the Service Park. As the hub of the event, the Service Park has numerous attractions in store for the fans. Here, they can watch the mechanics at work, admire the WRC stars along with their rally cars and obtain their autographs.

The pass includes:

Access to all Special Stages on all days
Access to the Service Park on all days
Access to the Shakedown on Thursday
A spectator map providing all the essential information about the rally
An ADAC Rallye Deutschland pass lan-yard
An ADAC Rallye Deutschland sticker

2015 ADAC Rallye Deutschland information:
The ADAC Rallye Deutschland has a unique world-wide reputation. Its mix of hairpin stages in the Moselle vineyards, tough tracks on the Baumholder tank range and fast blacktop roads presents extreme challenges for both teams and drivers, putting their skill and versatility to the test. Diversity, high-class action and closeness to the fans are the ingredients that make the ADAC Rallye Deutschland such an attractive package for spectators as well. Year after year, this major event draws enthusiastic crowds from all over Europe, giving it a special, international atmosphere.

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