Rally Italia Sardegna
|Rally Italia Sardegna|
|Stages:||19 (324,60 km)|
- Alghero, on the west coast of the Mediterranean island, hosts the service park for a third year.
- The stage action kicks off on Thursday night with a 2km Super Special near Alghero. Friday’s itinerary features eight tests in the Logudoro and Anglona regions including an all-new stage called Tula.
- Saturday will be the longest and toughest of the event with six stages totalling 177kms in the Monte Acuto region.
- The final leg north of Alghero contains the familiar Cala Flumini coastal run and the new Sassari-Argentiera, the second pass of which forms the Power Stage.
- 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.
- Gravel suspension.
- Drivers raise the ride height for rutted roads during the second pass of stages.
- Hard and soft compound tyres available.
- Italy’s WRC counter was formerly a mixed surface event based in Sanremo, and known as the Rally of the Flowers when it was first held in 1928.
- It formed part of the WRC from the championship’s beginning in 1973.
- Michèle Mouton became the first and only woman to win a WRC round when she triumphed in 1981.
- The rally moved to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia in 2004.
What’s new for 2016
- Two brand new stages - Sassari-Argentiera and Tula - and the return of some Sardinian classics.
- Thursday night’s Ittiri Arena Show Super Special replaces the opening Citta’ di Cagliari stage from 2015.
- Super-sized 44km version of Monte Lerno is the longest stage of the event
- The spectacular Micky’s Jump in the Monte Lerno test. The road literally falls away beneath the car and it’s one for the brave and fully committed...