The Rallye de France – Alsace 2011 unveiled

The Rallye de France – Alsace 2011 unveiled

05/05/2011

On Monday 2nd May, Nicolas Deschaux, the President of the French Motor Sports Federation, and Dominique Serieys, the Clerk of the Course of the 2011 Rally France-Alsace, unveiled the revisions made to the route, and the aims of the Federation for the second event in the presence of Jean Rottner, the Mayor of Mulhouse, Claude Sturni, the Mayor of Haguenau, Maurice Brugger, Colmar town hall sports assistant, Jacques Bigot, President of the Strasbourg Urban Community, Guy-Dominique Kennel, President of the Bas-Rhin General Council, Mrs Brigitte Klinkert, Vice President of the Haut-Rhin General Council and Philippe Richert, Minister in charge of the territorial communities and President of the Alsace Regional Council.

This presentation was held in Alsace in a historic setting of international renown, the Cité de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, and it outlined the main stages of the French round of the World Rally Championship, which will take place between 29th September and 2nd October 2011.

This major event in French motor sport will be organized in Alsace for the second year running, and will follow a slightly-modified route, the result of the experience gathered by the organization team last year.

The order of stages 1 and 2 has been reversed compared to 2010. On Friday 30th September, the crews will start the eleventh round of the 2011 World Rally Championship in the Bas-Rhin department before crossing the vineyards and heading for the Vosges mountains. The last stage of the day, measuring some three kilometers, has been laid out in the heart of Mulhouse. Its main aim is to provide thrills for the spectators.

Finally, there are two totally new stages in Sunday’s (2nd October) last leg. They are Gravière de Bischwiller (10,8 km) and Vignoble de Cleebourg (a village to the south of Wissembourg, 11 km) run on typical Alsatian roads.

Like last year, the end of Rally France-Alsace will take place in the streets of Haguenau, Sébastien Loeb’s former home town. This stage, specially designed for thrills, will be even more exciting than last year as it will also be the Power Stage for which additional points are awarded.

This year, the Grand National will be the sixth of the eight rounds making up the French National Rally Championship, and for the second year in succession it will also be part of Rally France-Alsace. The organization of the Grand National gives the rally drivers entered for the French Championship, a unique opportunity to share the same playing field as the professional teams racing the world championship.

The aim of the modifications made to Rally France-Alsace is to provide a better show and add more intensity and suspense to this international event, which, in France, has been marked by extraordinary popular enthusiasm.
Nicolas Deschaux, President of the French Motor Sports Federation says: “This year, it’s a great pleasure for the French Federation of Motor Sports to continue organizing the French round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship in Alsace thanks to the involvement and backing of the local Alsatian communities, as well as the private partners in the event.

Still, our aim is to provide a top-class show that everybody can enjoy for free, and also to ensure impeccable technical and sporting organization for both entrants and spectators. In fact, safety and respect of the environment are at the heart of our priorities to ensure that all the parties in the 2011 Rally France-Alsace act in a responsible manner.

With this in mind, the FFSA has involved all the bodies entrusted with looking after the environment, as well as the services of the state, so that we can all work together to initiate a policy of prevention and awareness. This united effort will result in concrete action on the spot backed up by messages of awareness in the media, and also by the management of over 1000 people whose mission will be to look after the safety of the public and the crews before and during the rally.”

Today, the Website www.rallydefrance.com is on-line to allow spectators, the media, and our partners to access all the information concerning the 2011 Rally France-Alsace.

The 2011 Rally France-Alsace in figures :
– Total distance: 1261,74 km
– Special stages: 12 different stages for a total of 349,20 km
– Liaison stages: Total distance – 912,54 km

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