2016 – SS 1 & 3 : Acqua Doria – Albitreccia

2016 – SS 1 & 3 : Acqua Doria – Albitreccia


Each week, we unveil the details of one of the ten special stages that will constitute the 2016 Tour de Corse. With the collaboration of David Serieys and Patrick Bernardini, dive into SS1 & 3.

David Serieys, Tour de Corse 2016 Director:

“The start of this 100 per cent new stage will be given in the Acqua Doria village not far from Capo di Muro and its legendary Genovese tower. Straight away the drivers will have to cope with a road alternating rapid and twisty sections as far as the Tassinca hairpin. The climb up to the village will provide some very spectacular passages. The crews will then tackle a quick uphill flowing section to the crossing on the Col de Gradello and they will reach the Pietrosella hairpin by way of a bumpy road with a worn surface. A very narrow road with a degraded surface will take them uphill to the famous Col de Bellevalle hairpin. There will be a change of pace on the climb up to the Bisinao village on a wide section with strings of quick corners. Their next challenge is a narrow, twisty road with several surface changes as far as the Albitreccia hairpin. The crews who will be champing at the bit to do battle in the first leg, will finish with a section that’s even trickier and more treacherous that includes the crossing of the village of Albitreccia.”

Patrick Bernardini, Corsican driver two-time French Rally Champion and winner of the Monte-Carlo Rally:

“It’s a very nice stage, which dominates the Gulf of Valinco. It’s also and above all a mythical stage of the Tour de Corse, with two legendary hairpins: Pietrosella and Bellevalle. A few years back, we used to mostly run them in the opposite direction. The layout reminds me of the Rally du Maquis. Let’s not forget Albitreccia hairpin, which is part of the places that have branded the Tour. Despite its almost fifty kilometers, this special stage shouldn’t be that hard. However, it will be an offensive stage that will be run in 27, 28, 30 minutes max. For the drivers who know it well, it’s going to be a fast one, for the greatest pleasure of the spectators. For us, Corsicans, it really is a mythical stage with countless memories. I remember the 1991 edition, when this stage was run backward. We were fighting with Renault for the two-wheel drive standings and, in this final stage, we won with my M3. Beyond this souvenirs, I think it will be a good way to start the rally!”

Key points :

Friday September 30th
1st car: 8:58 a.m.
49,72 km

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