27 Apr 08
SS17/20 - Kafrain - 16.49km
The first stage of the day features sections which have been run before as parts of SS2/6 and SS11/15 - so there could be some rocks about which have been dragged onto the road. From the start to the 3.5km mark the road runs alongside a dam, then opens onto a high speed flat section with long, flowing corners. From 3.5km it tightens, gets a bit twisty and goes uphill before the 4.7km point when it starts to flow better again and get a bit wider until it hits the top of the hill and some tricky crests. Between 9.2km and 10.7km there's a short, sharp downhill section with lots of adverse camber corners which will be very tricky to brake for because of the amount of loose gravel. At 10.7km the road reaches the bottom of the valley and gets tight and twisty again. There's one more uphill section between 12.5km and 14.5km, before a final downhill sprint to the finish.
SS18/21 - Wadi Shueib - 9.18km
A short stage - but not one to make a mistake on. Almost the whole section has a steep drop on the right-hand side. There's lots of gravel pretty much everywhere, so the first cars will have a good deal of sweeping to do. The road starts tight and twisty and soon heads uphill. Between 6.7km and 7.7km the road moves away from the hillside - and the big drop - so the cars will be able to attack the corners a little more confidently. From 7.7km the road opens, gets faster and turns into a very steep uphill sprint to the finish.
SS19/22 - Jordan River - 41.45km
The longest stage of the rally, and one of the longest in the championship, runs along the border with Israel. There is a military checkpoint right next to the start and finish and lost of lookout posts along the way. It's a crazy long stage that flows well for most of its length but it has a very dirty surface, so the first cars will do a lot of sweeping. The first 2.6km are fast and winds between trees - which makes almost all the corners blind. From there to 9.3km it heads though some agricultural land - but with trees still lining the right-hand side of the road. Traction is especially tricky here, as the surface is a mixture of some almost completely clean sections and patches of deep gravel. The corners get tighter until the 10.5km mark, when the road dives back between the tress again and there are more blind bends. At 12.6km the road does a good rollercoaster impression as it heads into the Dolomite Hills, with lot of uphill and downhill sections and a mixture of slow and high speed corners. It stays fast between 14.5km and 19.6km when it hits the plateau on top of the range and opens up with mainly fast corners mixed with some small crest and dips to throw the cars around. There is a twisty sector between 19.6km and 26.8km where the road is wide but the corners are blind again with big trees on the apexes. From there to the end it gets faster and more hazardous: there are lots of big rocks by the roadside waiting to be dragged on. The final few kilometres are very, very fast.