Challenge

  • A smooth style and racing lines are imperative for fast times. Too much aggression can add unwanted seconds to the clock.
  • Cutting corners is essential to saving vital tenths. Drivers must avoid punctures on the road edge as they blast back onto the asphalt at the exit of bends.
  • Roads become increasingly dirty and slippery as driver after driver makes cuts and drags gravel and mud onto the asphalt.
  • The smooth but abrasive asphalt provides good grip but if temperatures are hot, drivers must manage tyre wear carefully.
  • Friday has been gravel-based for more than a decade, so the switch to an asphalt-only rally means all the day’s stages will be new to many.

 

Car spec

  • An asphalt set-up with low suspension settings to allow cars to cling to the roads.
  • Pirelli’s new hard compound asphalt tyre – the P Zero RA HA – will be used for the first time. It will be the primary option, but a soft compound version for cooler conditions will also be available, along with the Cinturato rain tyre for extreme wet weather.