Che Guevara Energy Drink
Tour de Corse
|Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse|
|Stages:||10 (316,76 km)|
- A genuine old-style tour of Corsica, featuring classic narrow and twisty mountain asphalt across the whole island.
- Service park is at Bastia Airport in the north-east, but the west coast town of Ajaccio hosts Thursday evening’s start ceremony.
- Endurance is to the fore on Friday, with two stages near the island’s capital that are tackled twice. There is no service and just a mid-leg tyre change in Porticcio.
- Saturday is the longest with two loops of two stages in the north totalling 131.92km.
- Sunday’s final leg covers just two tests in the east - but the opener is a monster 53.78km.
- Tight and twisty mountain roads are often bordered on one side by a rock face and on the other by a steep drop into the sea.
- Rough and abrasive asphalt places high demands on tyres.
- Many crews have not previously tackled the rally so must write all-new pace notes.
- Narrow roads mean errors can be punished heavily.
- Asphalt suspension – low settings which provide stability and improved balance.
- Different road characteristics in the same group of stages mean set-up is often a compromise.
- France’s WRC round was held on the stunning island of Corsica from 1973 to 2008.
- Never-ending sequences of turns earned the event the nickname ‘The Rally of 10,000 Corners’.
- After a year’s absence due to rotation, the rally moved to the Alsace region of the French mainland in 2010, before returning to Corsica in 2015.
What’s new for 2017
- The date. The rally has moved forward from September to April.
- It is the opening pure asphalt round of the year, breaking up a series of seven loose surface encounters.
- The itinerary is identical to 2016, but several stages have been shortened to reduce the competitive distance to 316.76km.
- The scenery - the mountain landscapes provide breathtaking views.
- Stages often pass through narrow villages which offer superb viewing opportunities.