The Tour de Corse is a classic in the calendar of the WRC, although the test French has been the subject of years convulsed. Since he left the championship in 2008 and until his return in 2015, the appointment in the asphalt of Corsica has been scoring for national championships for IRC and also for the ERC. However, the Tour de Corse has now become part of World Rally and that means that the riders can re-live the great emotions that provides the known as ‘rally of 10,000 bends‘. Narrow roads, techniques, and without margin of error are made up of their sections.
The appointment in Corsica this year celebrates its 59th edition, which gives a sample of the great tradition of this rally. In fact, there is more to look at the list of winners and riders who have touched his podium to understand that their sections have passed the best vehicles, drivers and co-drivers of the story. Didier Auriol with six wins is the pilot’s most successful, tied with Bernard Darniche. Within the great French dominion in this test, Carlos Sainz also made his hollow by adding eight podiums, being the second driver with most podiums after the own Auriol.
much of the route of the Tour de Corse has changed, but its essence remains. In fact, three-quarters of the test will be new in relation to last year, when the pilots saw as part of the tour was cancelled due to the rain, torrential and flash floods. In any case, the 59th Tour de Corse will have 390,02 kilometres against the clock in a journey that is divided into 10 special, several of them above 50 km of length. Are treated in sections formed by narrow mountain roads, with a few straight lines and lots of angles and curves.
The test is based in the city of Bastia, although the
departure ceremony will be in Ajaccio. The first stage will be composed of two
identical loops of two stages in which there will be no assistance middle.
riders will face 157,68 miles with just a change of tires.
During the stage of Saturday, the drivers also will compete in four sections, in
this case, assistance at the Airport of Bastia. To the last day of
competition has been reserved for the longest stretch of the test (53,78 kilometers) and
a Power Stage that will be the end of the party rally.
The configuration of roads intricate, technical
and narrow with the large number of curves and the long mileage of the sections
draw a key and very specific to the time of adding successes in Corsica. As we have already said, care of the tyres will be an issue
very in account, although the hand of this aspect will also be important to see
level of grip of the sections with possible patches of moisture or dirt
to lift the car in the curves or
precedent of the vegetation. In this rally will also suffer from the brake.
With these keys in mind and given that every error is paid very expensive, despite the lower incidence of lost time with the Rally 2, the drivers of Volkswagen Motorsport are the favorites. Sébastien Ogier can come out champion of the WRC for the fourth time if he manages to win the rally and the Power Stage, as long as Mikkelsen do not add more than three points and Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville to get less than 19. With this premise, the struggle between Volkswageny Hyundai, and promises great emotions with Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo also put in this particular combat.
To the list of World Rally Cars in this test are added
two Citroën DS3 WRC Meeke and Breen, while Stéphane Lefebvre continues to
recovering from your injuries, as well as a total of four Ford Fiesta RS WRC,
divided between the two units official M-Sport, the dyed colors
of DMACK of Ott Tanak and the unit semi-private Lorenzo Bertelli, pilot
returns to the competition after missing out on the Rally of Germany. A payroll cut
among the priority drivers, which without doubt can give wings to pilots of the
category WRC2 at the time of scraping some point in Corsica.
It is precisely the category WRC2 can be the great asset in
the Tour de Corse. However, Elfyn Evans is bound to win if you want
to maintain its leadership, although the opposite will be the Skoda Fabia R5 Jan Kopecký
as the main rival. To this we must add the debut of the Hyundai i20 R5
the hand of Kevin Abbring. The pilot tester of Hyundai sale entered in WRC2,
but you will have the company of Stéphane Sarrazin and Fabio Andolfi with two other
units of the Korean model out of category. You will also have to follow the
steps of Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suárez and to see if Simone Tempestini get the title in the JWRC.
Sections and schedules of the 59th Tour de Corse 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
|08:00h||Shakedown||Sorbo Ocagnano||5,40 km|
Friday, 30 September 2016
|08:58h||SS1||Acqua Doria – Albitreccia 1||49,72 km|
|11:06h||SS2||Plage du Liamone – Sarrota Carcopino 1||29,12 km|
|14:24h||SS3||Acqua Doria – Albitreccia 2||49,72 km|
|16:32h||SS4||Plage du Liamone – Sarrota Carcopino 2||29,12 km|
Saturday, October 01, 2016
|09:22h||SS5||Orezza – The Porta – Valle di Rostino 1||53,72 km|
|11:03h||SS6||Novella – Pietralba 1||30,80 km|
|15:20h||SS7||Orezza – The Porta – Valle di Rostino 2||53,72 km|
|17:01h||SS8||Novella – Pietralba 2||30,80 km|
Sunday, 02 October 2016
|08:58h||SS9||Antisanti – Poggio di Nazza||53,78 km|
|12:08h||SS10||Porto Vecchio – Palombaggia (PS) – (C+ Sport)||10,42 km|