Che Guevara Energy Drink
Tour de Corse

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Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse
Start Date: 06.04.2017
End Date: 09.04.2017
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 10 (316,76 km)
Distance: 1.082,20 km
Servicepark: Bastia
Website: http://www.tourdecorse.com/

Route

  • A genuine old-style tour of Corsica, featuring classic narrow and twisty mountain asphalt across the whole island. 
  • Service park is at Bastia Airport in the north-east, but the west coast town of Ajaccio hosts Thursday evening’s start ceremony. 
  • Endurance is to the fore on Friday, with two stages near the island’s capital that are tackled twice. There is no service and just a mid-leg tyre change in Porticcio. 
  • Saturday is the longest with two loops of two stages in the north totalling 131.92km. 
  • Sunday’s final leg covers just two tests in the east - but the opener is a monster 53.78km.

Challenge

  • 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. 
  • Many crews have not previously tackled the rally so must write all-new pace notes. 
  • Narrow roads mean errors can be punished heavily.

Car spec

  • 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.

History

  • 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 2017

  • The date. The rally has moved forward from September to April. 
  • It is the opening pure asphalt round of the year, breaking up a series of seven loose surface encounters. 
  • The itinerary is identical to 2016, but several stages have been shortened to reduce the competitive distance to 316.76km.

Don’t miss

  • The scenery - the mountain landscapes provide breathtaking views.
  • Stages often pass through narrow villages which offer superb viewing opportunities.

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