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Behind the scenes at the 2016 Rally Monte Carlo

Join us for an inside look at the most historic rally on the World Rally Championship calendar.

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Welcome to a behind-the-scenes tour of the 2016 Monte Carlo Rally.

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It's the most historic rally on the championship calendar, dating back over 100 years, and it's run here, inside the Automobile Club de Monaco.

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Inside, dozens of officials, stewards and safety personnel monitor the status of every car.

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Maps show the position of every car and driver, raising alerts should any stop on a competitive stage.

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A poster from the 1930 running of the event hangs on the way.

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Out on the stage, fans can get as close as they dare.

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Cars are locked up in the harbor for the evening, guarded to prevent teams from making any modifications.

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Only four members of the crew can work on a given car at a time.

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Wheel changes are a constant thing.

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Changes takes place during service parks like this, where teams have a very limited time to make any changes.

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Here's a set of tires just removed from one of Sebastien Ogier's car.

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And lots of fresh tires ready to roll.

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The Polo R WRC is a production-based car, though heavily modified.

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A place for every tool.

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This is Luis Moya, two-time championship-winning co-driver and now part of the Volkswagen Motorsport team.

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The view from the top of the classic Col de Turini stage.

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M-Sport driver Mads Ostberg comes through the stage.

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Andreas Mikkelsen also competes for Volkswagen Motorsport.

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Rallies take place on real roads, closed to the public but otherwise unmodified.

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Sebastien Ogier is last through the stage, receiving a huge cheer from his fans.

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Back at the service park, a throng of photographers awaits Ogier.

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The trophy ceremony includes the Prince of Monaco.

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The winners.

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And the full Volkswagen Motorsport team. Thanks for following along!

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