Rally Italia Sardegna
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- Alghero, on the west coast of the Mediterranean island, hosts the service park for a second year.
- A partly-new street stage in the southern city of Cagliari kicks off the action on Thursday night, with competitors overnighting there.
- Friday’s opening leg near Oristano is new, with some roads never driven before and others unused since 2011.
- Saturday is a marathon with more than 200km of stages, some in the opposite direction to last year.
- It includes the stomach-churning Micky’s Jump in Monte Lerno and a test at Ippodromo di Chilivani horse racing track.
- The final leg north of Alghero contains the new Monte Baranta test and the Cala Flumini coastal run.
- Fast but narrow roads lined with bushes, trees or rocks right on the edge leave no room for error.
- Hard base roads covered by a sandy surface, which is swept away during the first pass to leave rougher and rutted conditions for the second run.
- Thin layer of slippery gravel on the surface disadvantages early starters in the opening leg.
- Temperatures approach 30°C so it will be uncomfortable in the cars with higher than normal stress on engines and transmissions.