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Rally Italia Sardegna

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Rally Italia Sardegna
Start Date: 09.06.2016
End Date: 12.06.2016
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 19 (324,60 km)
Distance: 1290,55 km
Servicepark: Alghero
Website: http://www.rallyitaliasardegna.com

Route

  • 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 another new stage, Sassari-Argentiera, and the Cala Flumini coastal run, which counts as the Power Stage.

Challenge

  • 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.    

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.
  • Drivers raise the ride height for rutted roads during the second pass of stages.
  • Hard and soft compound tyres available.

History

  • 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

Don’t miss

  • 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...

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14 Jan 2016

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