Ice rather than snow is set to provide the main challenge for crews contesting the final four stages of the 78th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo tonight.
The opening round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge is tightly poised with the top three drivers covered by 48 seconds
and some 80 kilometres of competitive action remaining.
Weather forecasts suggest the lack of cloud cover in the mountains above Monte Carlo will prevent further snowfall tonight. However, with the snow banks lining the stages melting, the likelihood is that water will coat the road when tonight’s two stages are run for the first time.
But with ambient temperatures set to plunge later on, that water is likely to turn to ice by the time the two stages are repeated.