CALENDAR  

Rally Italia Sardegna

Route
After last year’s successful return to the north of Portugal, the 2016 event remains based at Matosinhos, north of Porto.
The route is virtually identical to 2015, with just 6.52km of the 368.00km of action different to last year.
A Thursday afternoon ceremonial start at Guimarães will be followed by an evening super special stage at Lousada rallycross circuit.
The first full day heads north for stages around Ponte de Lima, near the Spanish border.
Saturday’s route, the longest of the rally, journeys east for tests near Amarante.
Sunday’s leg has just three stages, with the focus on the classic Fafe test.
Challenge
Sandy roads ensure grip is at a premium for the early starters during the first pass through the stages.
Hard or soft? That’s the big tyre question for drivers searching for the best grip on the soft tracks, whilst also trying to manage the wear over a group of stages.
Rocks and deep ruts present an altogether different hazard for the second pass, requiring teams to raise the ride height on their cars to avoid mechanical damage.
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ITINERARY
MAPS
HIGHLIGHTS 2015
RESULTS 2015
Car spec
Gravel suspension.
History
First held in 1967 and one of the founding events in the inaugural 1973 WRC.
Initially a mixed surface rally, it switched to a pure gravel format but lost its place in the calendar after bad weather ruined the 2001 event.
Organisers moved from the north to the Algarve holiday region in the south and it regained its place in 2007.
Named ‘Best Rally in the World’ on five occasions.
What’s new for 2016
Double fun over a new 1.85km street stage in the centre of Porto, which competitors drive twice at the end of Friday’s leg.
Sunday includes a second pass over the Vieira do Minho test, alongside the classic Fafe.
Don’t miss
A visit to Fafe. Head to the big jump and soak up the atmosphere alongside tens of thousands of fans.
Remember to take a look at Jari-Matti Latvala’s dramatic 2009 crash when he rolled a Ford Focus RS WRC 17 times down a hillside. See it again at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrRNxB3i9rg