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Rally Sardinia: The Facts


Start date: 07.06.2018

End date: 10.06.2018



Stages

  • Rugged and sun-soaked gravel tracks ensure challenging times surrounded by magnificent scenery in the north of the Mediterranean holiday island.

  • Thrilling super special stage at the former Ittiri motocross track near host town Alghero launches the action on Thursday evening.

  • Friday features four stages to the north-east that are driven twice for a total of 122.86km. All are familiar and include an extended version of the Tula test.

  • Saturday is the longest with almost 150km of competition over a tightly-clustered group of three stages in the Monte Acuto region. A revised Ittiri test divides the two identical loops.

  • Sunday’s finale is unchanged from 2017, featuring two repeated stages covering 42.04km on the coast north of Alghero.

Iconic Stage

  • Saturday’s Monte Lerno – home to the iconic Micky’s Jump. If you like your WRC action of a high-flying nature, then it gets no better than here.

Challenge

  • Fast but narrow roads lined with bushes, trees or rocks right on the edge leave no room for error.

  • Hard base roads covered by a sandy surface, which is swept away during the first pass to leave rougher and rutted conditions for the second run.

  • Thin layer of slippery gravel on the surface disadvantages early starters in the opening leg.

  • Temperatures approach 30°C so it will be uncomfortable in the cars with higher than normal stress on engines and transmissions.

Car Setup

  • Gravel suspension.

  • Drivers raise the ride height for rutted roads during the second pass of stages.

  • Hard and soft compound tyres available.

Event History

  • Italy’s WRC counter was formerly a mixed surface event based in Sanremo, and known as the Rally of the Flowers when it was first held in 1928.

  • It formed part of the WRC from the championship’s beginning in 1973.

  • Michèle Mouton became the first and only woman to win a WRC round when she triumphed in 1981.

  • The rally moved to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia in 2004.

What’s new for 2018

  • Far too many short sections within familiar stages to be specific. More than a third of the competitive distance is new compared to 2017 and another 25km is driven in the opposite direction.

  • Friday’s Castelsardo test is back on the agenda after missing out 12 months ago.

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