Rally Italia Sardegna
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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