Rally Italia Sardegna

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Rally Italia Sardegna
Start Date: 08.06.2017
End Date: 11.06.2017
Timezone: UTC 2
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 19 (312,66 km)
Distance: 1.495,36 km
Servicepark: ALGHERO
Website: http://www.rallyitaliasardegna.com

Route

  • Rugged and sun-baked gravel tracks offer gruelling conditions amid stunning scenery on the Mediterranean holiday island. 
  • Rally base and service park are in the west coast town of Alghero with special stages in the north of the island. 
  • After a super special near Alghero on Thursday evening, crews overnight in Olbia on the opposite coast.
  • Friday features four stages run twice for a total of 125.46km, bringing the return of two classic rough and rocky tests - Terranova and Monte Olia.
  • Saturday is the longest and toughest leg with 143.16km divided over six stages in the Monte Acuto region.
  • Sunday’s finale is identical to 2016, featuring two repeated stages covering 42.04km on the coast north of the host town.

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 2017?

  • That overnight stay in Olbia on Thursday night. Organisers added it to allow the return of the tough Terranova and Monte Olia stages nearby.

Don’t miss

  • Fancy an ice cream? As well as hosting one of the championship’s most picturesque service parks, Alghero’s historic harbourside is rammed with a mouth-watering selection of Italian gelateria. 
  • Micky’s Jump. This extremely steep jump about two-thirds of the way through the Monte Lerno stage attracts huge crowds. The steepness of the take-off, combined with the proximity of a sharp left-hander shortly after, make it a Sardinia must-see. See what we mean here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNO284EPoZA

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