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Rallye de France-Alsace

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Rallye de France-Alsace
Start Date: 03.10.2014
End Date: 05.10.2014
Timezone: UTC 2
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 18 (303.63 km)
Distance: 1232.9 km
Servicepark: Strasbourg
Website: www.rallyedefrance.com

Route

  • Historic Strasbourg, nestled on the German border between the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest, is the hub for a fifth year. 
  • It is the shortest round of the season with just over 300km of stages. The opening leg visits the Bas-Rhin and Vosges mountains while the second day journeys further south into the Haut Rhin, with remote service in Colmar. 
  • Sunday is based around the town of Saverne, replacing the traditional final day’s action around Sébastien Loeb’s home town of Haguenau. 
  • The Strabourg city stage, which ends outside the European Parliament, has been moved back 24 hours from Thursday to Friday evening.

Challenge

  • Inconsistent roads traverse both narrow and fast sections.
  • Cold temperatures and rain likely, creating plenty of tyre choice dilemmas.
  • Working efficiently with safety note crews, who drive the stages ahead of competitors, to have up-to-date information about road surface and weather. 
  • Vineyard stages are wider than those used in Rallye Deutschland.
  • Speeds top 200kph on undulating forests roads, steep climbs and long corners in the Vosges mountains. 

Car spec

  • Asphalt suspension but set-up is a compromise for different types of roads in the same group of stages.
  • Hard compound rubber available for warm and dry conditions, with soft option for wet or cold weather. Roads are not abrasive so tyre wear is not an issue.

History

  • France’s WRC round was held on the stunning island of Corsica from 1973 to 2008.
  • After a year’s absence due to rotation, the rally moved to Alsace in 2010.
  • Alsace is Sébastien Loeb country and he secured his seventh world title at the end of a street stage through his home town of Haguenau that year. 
  • Loeb’s final WRC event was here last year. Even the great Frenchman shed a tear.

What’s new for 2014

  • Almost half the stage distance has never been used before. 
  • A completely revised street test in Mulhouse ends Saturday’s action. 
  • Sunday – everything is new for 2014.

Don’t miss

  • Visit Strasbourg’s Zénith arena where the service park is based. It’s the best of the year with loads to see, loads to do and a buzzing atmosphere.
  • Remember Petter Solberg’s trip through the vines in 2012? Take another look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5m_qi4HVKc

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01 Jan 2014

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