From the longest stage Monte Lerno, to the shortest Ittiri, a new liason that will bring the race all around Sardinia through the provinces of Sassari and Olbia-Tempio.
Rally Italia Sardegna, seventh round of the World Rally Championship – rally scheduled next 8-11 June, will change once again its look in occasion of edition 2017. This time around the race will get on stage in the north part of the island, going through the provinces of Sassari and Olbia-Tempio. The Italian round of the World Rally Championship organized by Aci Sport in collaboration with Regione Sardegna, will be full of novelties. The draft itinerary featuring 19 stages for a total of 321 competitive kms can be previewed on the official webpage of the event www.rallyitaliasardegna.com .
The rally confirmed Alghero as location of the 14th edition of the event for the fourth time straight, while the absolute novelty of this year is that cars will reach Olbia on the evening of Thursday June 8th at local 20,30 stopping in the parc fermè set up at the Brin pier. All the novelties introduced last year have been confirmed this year due to their success in the past edition. The 3,69 km long shakedown will take place in Olmedo again, as the 2 km opening super stage on Thursday evening at the Ittiri Arena Show and the stages of Tula and Sassari-Argentiera. Alghero will be the center of service park, which will be located again in the touristic harbour between the “ramblas” and Piazzale della Pace, while press room, race direction and the headquarters of the event have been confirmed in the prestigious location of Lu Qualté.
THE RACE. Following the opening super stage scheduled for Thursday at 18 in Ittiri, the cars will head to Olbia where they will reach park fermè in Brin pier at 20.30. Stage one will go live in Olbia on Friday June 9th at 6.30 and will kick off a leg of 8 stages (4 to be repeated twice) all located around Monte Acuto, Logudoro and Anglona for a total of 131,82 competitive kms. After the first two tests of Terranova (21 km) and Monte Olia (15 km), drivers will have to go through Tula (km 15) and Tergu-Osilo (km 14,91) before heading back to service park in Alghero halfway through the day. Cars will repeat the same loop in the afternoon, before heading back to Alghero at 19.43.
Saturday June 10th will be the longest day of the rally and the toughest too, with its 145,20 competitive kms divided in 6 stages all devised around Monte Acuto. The day will be opened by Coiluna-Loelle (14,60 km), while Monti di Alà (km 28,90) will follow, right before the classic 29,10 km of the Monte Lerno, the longest test of the event. Drivers will head back to Alghero for servicing before repeating the same loop in the afternoon and closing their day in Alghero at 19.14.
The closing leg of the rally will take place on Sunday June 11th. The final 42,02 competitive kms will include 4 stages, that is two loops on Cala Flumini (km 14,06) and on Sassari-Argentiera (km 6,96), the latter will be the closing power stage that will be broadcast live worldwide starting from local 12hrs. The grand finale of the event will close the event at 13.45 with the prize ceremony in the harbour of Alghero.