Rallye de France-Alsace
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- Historic Strasbourg, nestled on the German border between the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest, is the hub for a fifth year.
- It is the shortest round of the season with just over 300km of stages. The opening leg visits the Bas-Rhin and Vosges mountains while the second day journeys further south into the Haut Rhin, with remote service in Colmar.
- Sunday is based around the town of Saverne, replacing the traditional final day’s action around Sébastien Loeb’s home town of Haguenau.
- The Strabourg city stage, which ends outside the European Parliament, has been moved back 24 hours from Thursday to Friday evening.
- Inconsistent roads traverse both narrow and fast sections.
- Cold temperatures and rain likely, creating plenty of tyre choice dilemmas.
- Working efficiently with safety note crews, who drive the stages ahead of competitors, to have up-to-date information about road surface and weather.
- Vineyard stages are wider than those used in Rallye Deutschland.
- Speeds top 200kph on undulating forests roads, steep climbs and long corners in the Vosges mountains.