2017 – SS 6 & 8: Novella

2017 – SS 6 & 8: Novella


Each week, we unveil the details of one of the ten special stages that will constitute the 2017 Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse. With the collaboration of David Serieys and Pascal Trojani, dive into SS6 & 8.

David Serieys, Tour de Corse 2017 Director:

“In comparison with the previous event, the last 13,5 km of the 2016 Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse have been scratched. The drivers start near the Pietra Monetta Auberge on a twisty road in the middle of the maquis (scrubland); they then have to cope with several difficult corners to reach the Novella village perched high in the mountains. The spectators will have a unique view on Balagne and the whole of the first part of this stage as the cars pass through the Gare de Novella and Col de la Croix. A road that’s just as twisty and narrow with an old surface will bring the crews to the finishing line just after the final corner in the old part of Balanine.”

Pascal Trojani, Corsican driver winner of the Tour de Corse in 2009:

“It’s a special stage that has been regularly run in the historical version of the Tour de Corse. Narrow in its first part, the stage offers then a very fast and technical downhill. The drivers will have to take excellent notes. The new World Rally Cars 2017 are going to work wonders with crazy top speeds; it’s maybe the fastest stage of the rally. There won’t be big time differences but the stage will be very fast. Even if it has been shortened versus the previous edition and seems to be easier, we shouldn’t to underestimate this stage because it is more complicated than it looks. Kris Meeke notably crashed his car during this stage last year!”

Key points:
– Saturday April 8th
– 1st car: 10:47 AM (SS6) & 04:08 PM (SS8)
– Distance: 17,25 km
– Road closure: 07:47 AM
– Road opening: 07:30 PM
– Number of public zones: 15
Recommended  public zones: ZP5ab (from the Île Rousse or Ponte-Leccia, take the roads T30 and D12 > Novella), ZP13 and ZP14 (from the Île Rousse, take the roads T30 and T301 > Ponte-Leccia)

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