Rally Italia Sardegna


  • Alghero, on the west coast of the Mediterranean island, hosts the service park for a second year. 
  • A partly-new street stage in the southern city of Cagliari kicks off the action on Thursday night, with competitors overnighting there. 
  • Friday’s opening leg near Oristano is new, with some roads never driven before and others unused since 2011. 
  • Saturday is a marathon with more than 200km of stages, some in the opposite direction to last year. 
  • It includes the stomach-churning Micky’s Jump in Monte Lerno . 
  • The final leg north of Alghero contains the new Monte Baranta test and the Cala Flumini coastal run.


  • 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.


  • 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 2015 

  • An overnight halt on Thursday in Cagliari. 
  • Saturday’s leg is the longest in the WRC since 2002. 
  • Less than a third of the stage distance is the same as 2014.

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…….





01 Jan 2015


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