RALLY RACC
CATALUNYA-COSTA DAURADA

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RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España
Start Date: 05.10.2017
End Date: 08.10.2017
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC
WRC2
WRC3
Servicepark: SALOU
Website: http://www.rallyracc.com

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History

  • First run in 1957 and included in the European Championship from 1975. 
  • Entered the WRC in 1991 when it was based on the Costa Brava in Lloret de Mar.
  • Relocated to Salou in 2002 and after being a pure asphalt event, it developed into a mixed surface event in 2010.
  • Sébastien Loeb dominated the rally, winning every year between 2005 and 2012. 

Challenge

  • Only mixed surface round of the season. 
  • Two days of asphalt are blended with a day of primarily gravel stages, but which also contains asphalt sections. 
  • After the first full day teams convert their cars from gravel to asphalt specification in a longer than usual evening service to accommodate the surface change. 
  • Teams must convert their cars from gravel to asphalt specification in a longer than usual evening service to accommodate the surface change. 
  • Drivers must quickly adapt their driving style to an overnight change in road surface. 
  • Fast, smooth sweeping asphalt is comparable to a race circuit in its characteristics.

Car spec

  • Both asphalt and gravel set-up required for the mixed surface roads.
  • Different tyres are required for asphalt and gravel.
  • Asphalt roads are abrasive and if temperatures are hot, drivers must manage tyre wear carefully.

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