There is only a day to go before the 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland kicks off. Between 17 and 20 August, defending Champion Sébastien Ogier, WRC leader Thierry Neuville and tarmac expert Dani Sordo will be racing against the clock near the lakeshores of Bostalsee. However, the rally drivers’ performance is not the only thing that is measured with utmost accuracy at the German FIA WRC event. Here are some interesting facts and figures about what is going on behind the scenes, gathered by the rally’s press office.
28,890,000 viewers worldwide followed the 2016 ADAC Rallye Deutschland on TV
Footage of this year’s event will go out again to the world from the Saarland and neighbouring regions on TV and through live streaming on WRCplus.com. 65 TV stations will provide exciting video footage in 155 countries.
8,000,000 cubic metres is the amount of water in Bostalsee on whose western shores the teams will pitch their tents for the 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland
On a total of approx. 150,000 square metres, the new Service Park will hold plenty of fun and excitement in store. As a highlight, the Power Stage on Sunday (20 August) will end directly at the Service Park for the first time and segue into the official podium ceremony of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
1,165,250 metres is the total length of the itinerary at this year’s WRC German round
The 21 Special Stages have a combined length of 309,170 metres. The road sections add up to 856,080 metres.
350,000 metres of tape – volunteers will use it to cordon off the track of the rally
Another 45 kilometres of plastic fencing and some 16 kilometres of metal fencing will ensure that the spectators flocking to the ADAC Rallye Deutschland from all over the world are always on the safe side.
6,500 rubbish bags – as well as many other measures – will contribute to the environmental protection
The clear aim is to leave nature as intact after the event as before. In pursuing this aim, ADAC has once again stepped up its commitment which ranges from new environmental audits to a larger team of environmental experts to several pilot projects for enhanced sustainability.
2,313 tyres will be delivered to the Service Park on the lakeshores of Bostalsee by Michelin
The French tyre manufacturer will need ten trucks to get this amount of high-performance tyres to the Saarland. In addition, they will use a motorhome and another truck. The latter will turn into a podium in the Service Park. Michelin will transport material with a total weight of 32,000 kilograms. The company’s team will be 21 staff.
93 vehicles will be rolling across Saarbrücken’s Tbilisser Platz in front of the State Theatre at the public opening ceremony Thursday night (17 August)
42 crews will compete in the WRC, WRC 2 and WRC 3 categories. Another 26 independent entrants and 25 cockpit crews will be fighting for the title in two races of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup.
52 spectator areas will line the circuit at the 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland
That includes the designated areas at the opening stage in Saarbrücken Thursday night and at the Baumholder military range. All spectator areas afford a maximum of safety and prime viewing of the rally action.
40 metres plus or minus x is the distance the rally cars can be seen flying over the famous Gina jump at the Baumholder military range
To put this into perspective: this is the length of a handball court!
40 WRC races ended with Sébastien Ogier taking the top spot on the podium, three of them in Germany
This makes the four-time World Champion the most successful entrant in this year’s German WRC rally.
ADAC Rallye Deutschland celebrates 35 years in 2017
Erwin Weber/Mathias Berg won the debut rally in 1982 in an Opel/Vauxhall Ascona 400. The most successful crew were Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena with nine victories between 2002 and 2012.
21 Special Stages will challenge the drivers before the champion and runners up in the 2017 ADAC Rallye Deutschland will step onto the podium in the Service Park at Bostalsee on Sunday (20 August), 13:00 hours
The new stages of the itinerary are Saarbrücken, Wadern-Weiskirchen, Römerstraße, Losheim am See and St Wendeler Land.
0 points separate the two leaders in the driver standings of the German WRC event
Thierry Neuville and Ogier each have 160 points. Neuville is one step ahead of Ogier because he has 3 wins in 2017. The Frenchman took first place twice.
— WRC (@OfficialWRC) August 14, 2017