Challenge

  • The first gravel event for the new-generation of hybrid-powered Rally1 cars.
  • Sandy roads ensure grip is at a premium for the early starters during the first pass through the stages.
  • The surface can degrade to unearth sharp rocks and deep ruts for the second pass. This often requires teams to raise the ride height on their cars to avoid mechanical damage.
  • Avoid mechanical issues on the first leg. With no service during the day, car problems can cost huge chunks of time.
  • Hard or soft compounds? That’s the big tyre question for drivers searching for the best grip on the soft tracks, whilst also trying to manage the wear over a long group of stages. Or is it a mix of both?   

 

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.
  • Pirelli’s Scorpion gravel tyres have been updated for the new generation of Rally1 cars. They feature extra reinforcement, particularly in the sidewall, to guard against cuts and lacerations from sharp rocks. The hard compound will be the primary choice, with softer rubber also available.