2016 – SS 2/4: Plage du Liamone – Sarolla Carpocino

2016 – SS 2/4: Plage du Liamone – Sarolla Carpocino

06/09/2016

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, dive into SS2 & 4.

David Serieys, Tour de Corse 2016 Director :

“The Plage de Liamone will be the major attraction at the start of the first stage. Straight away the drivers will have to tackle a very quick uphill section on the way to Casaligione with its very tight hairpin that’s not always easy to get round. Then, comes a change of pace and profile with a wide, twisty road leading to Pont de Furcina and a string of corners with an uphill climb along a narrow winding bumpy climb up to the Calcatoggio hairpin. The crews will cross the villages of Sant’ Andrea d’Orcino and Cannelle along a road that poses another technical challenge to reach the Sari d’Orcino hairpin. The next section is much wider and climbs uphill to Col de Sarzoggio followed by a pretty tricky run down to Sarrola-Carcopino, the end of the second stage.”

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

“This special stage, with a distance of thirty kilometers, is less mythical than others but still displays some famous places. This includes particularly the notorious hairpins from Casaglione. At the beginning of the stage, the road is fast and wide, since it has been renovated for the local people. Before, the recces were quite complicated due the narrow roadway. After that, drivers reach a crossroad, the Furcina bridge and then they face the Calcatoggio hairpin. By the way, drivers will have to pay attention in the uphill climb, where there are always some cows on the road. On this part, the road is winding and narrow; it will be hard to cut the corners. Finally, the drivers can count on a fast and bumpy roadway with a lot of changes of pace. Overall, this stage is ideal to run some tests. There was an era where I used to go on these roads to make adjustments on my car. The local people know it by heart – I’ve often taken it to go to Sarrola – but it’s not very well-known by the public.
It’s a nice little stage, which follows a big one (SS1-3). In the nineties, the special stage was almost forty-one-kilometer long and we used to take it into the opposite direction. In 1996, I specifically remember starting at the third place behind Philippe Bugalski and François Delecour. I finished a few meters behind them, taking 1’59’’ over Bugalski and 1’48’’ over Delecour. I was on fire!”

Key points :

Friday September 30th
1st car: 11:30 a.m.
29.12 km

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