Corsica Linea - Tour de Corse
|Corsica Linea - Tour de Corse|
|Stages:||14 (347,51 km)|
- Round-island asphalt classic featuring narrow and twisty roads which wind around craggy mountains. Smoother than it used to be, but the road surface remains poor in many places. Endurance plays an important part. A much-changed format which starts in the south-east in Porto-Vecchio and finishes in the north-west in Calvi.
- Friday’s opening leg is based in the southern Alta-Rocca region. Two loops of three stages, with no opportunity for service, are followed by a long journey north to overnight in Bastia.
- Saturday covers more than half the rally’s competitive distance. It includes two stages carried over from 2018, extending to the island’s northernmost Cap Corse tip.
- The final day crosses the island’s spine from east to west for two tests in the Balagne region, near Calvi.
- Castagniccia - the longest stage of the rally at 47.18km. It climbs a series of passes and the passage of the cars in front of the Campile church will be one of the event’s highlights. As the final test of a near-90km section, tyre management will be crucial to ensure tired rubber lasts to the finish.
- 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.
- Narrow roads mean errors can be punished heavily.
- Twists and turns place huge emphasis on the making and accurate delivery of pace notes.
- 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’.
- The rally moved to the Alsace region of the French mainland in 2010, before returning to Corsica in 2015.
What’s new for 2019
- Most of it! The route has been significantly remodeled and only two tests were driven last year.
- Only 20 percent of the competitive distance remains from 2018.
- New start and finish locations. It begins in Porto-Vecchio, which hosts Thursday evening’s start ceremony, and finishes in Calvi for the first time.
- The battle of the two French Sébastiens. Fans will love watching Ogier and Loeb going head-to-head.
- Thursday evening’s start brings the WRC to the small port town of Porto-Vecchio. An autograph session, the chance to grab a selfie with the top drivers, exhibitions and other entertainment promise fun for all.
- Friday’s opening stage finishes at the Bavella pass, 1218 metres above sea level, where a string of hairpins provide spectacular viewing.
- The service park at Bastia’s airport. Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of WRC whilst enjoying concerts, fun fairs, an exhibitors’ village and restaurants.
- The scenery - the mountain landscapes provide breathtaking views.
- Stages often pass through narrow villages which offer superb viewing opportunities.