Corsica Linea - Tour de Corse
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- Classic narrow and tortuously twisty asphalt winds round craggy mountains, mainly concentrated at the top of the island near the east coast Bastia Airport service park.
- Endurance is key - each leg contains a long and gruelling stage, culminating in Sunday’s monster 55.17km test from Vero to Sarrola-Carcopino.
- Friday’s action heads south-west of Bastia for two loops of two stages.
- Saturday is the longest, covering almost 140km and extending to the northernmost Cap Corse tip and then west, near L’Île Rousse.
- The final day journeys south and crosses the island’s spine for tests on the west coast near Ajaccio, which hosts the finish.
- Vero – Sarrola-Carcopino. What a way to start Sunday morning! This is the longest stage of the rally since 1986 and has not been driven since 2001, when it was tackled as two separate tests. Climbs to 885 metres, the highest point of the rally, as it crosses the Tartavella pass.
- Tight and twisty mountain roads are often bordered on one side by a rock face and on the other by a steep drop into the sea.
- Rough and abrasive asphalt places high demands on tyres.
- Narrow roads mean errors can be punished heavily.
- Twists and turns place huge emphasis on the making and accurate delivery of pace notes.
- Asphalt suspension – low settings which provide stability and improved balance.
- Different road characteristics in the same group of stages mean set-up is often a compromise.
- France’s WRC round was held on the stunning island of Corsica from 1973 to 2008.
- Never-ending sequences of turns earned the event the nickname ‘The Rally of 10,000 Corners’.
- After a year’s absence due to rotation, the rally moved to the Alsace region of the French mainland in 2010, before returning to Corsica in 2015.
What’s new for 2018
- Most of it! The route has been significantly overhauled and almost two-thirds of the stage distance has changed from last year. Just two of the seven tests are the same.
- Bastia hosts the start for the first time since 1978.
- The rally visits the Cap Corse tip in the far north for the first time since 1995.
- Thursday evening’s start brings the WRC into Bastia’s heart in Place St Nicolas. An autograph session, the chance to grab a selfie with the top drivers, exhibitions and other entertainment promise fun for all.
- La Porta church, and the hairpin directly outside its doors, has become one of the Tour de Corse’s legendary venues over the years.
- More than a century after it was closed, the old Chiavari prison will host Sunday’s Power Stage podium.
- The scenery - the mountain landscapes provide breathtaking views.
- Stages often pass through narrow villages which offer superb viewing opportunities.