First face off on tarmac in Corsica

First face off on tarmac in Corsica

04/04/2017

4th round of the World Rally Championship this season, the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse celebrates its 60th anniversary and comes back in spring after three editions in autumn. With three different team wins in as many rallies since the beginning of the season, the result of this first tarmac rally seems to be very uncertain.

1: The Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse welcomes this year, and for the eighth time of its history, the first JWRC round. Under the aegis of M-Sport this year, the competition will unfold in six rounds going through Italia, Poland, Finland, Deutschland and Catalonia to finish. This year, the Frenchmen Nicolas Ciamin and Terry Folb will compete in JWRC on the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse with the Ford Fiesta R2 provided by M-Sport.

7: Since the 4 consecutive victories of Sébastien Loeb between 2005 and 2008, the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse knew 7 different winners in 7 editions. If Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala are the latest Tour de Corse winners in WRC, Stéphane Sarrazin and Bryan Bouffier won it as part of ERC, Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville in the IRC and Pascal Trojani in the French Rally Cup.

60: The 2017 Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse edition is the 60th in its history. If 38 editions unfolded as part of the World Rally Championship since 1973, the Tour de Corse legend has also written its history since 1956, in the French Rally Championship calendar in the first years.

96,13: 96,13% of the 2017 edition’s special stages are identical to those from 2016 and, as the past year, only 10 SS are planned in Corsica. If the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse has the smaller number of special stages among the WRC events, it’s also the rally with the longest stages with an average of 31, 676 km per SS.

100%: After the tarmac/ice mix in Monte-Carlo, the snow in Sweden and the gravel in Mexico, the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse is the first 100% tarmac event of WRC the calendar. Moved back in the spring, the Corsican event provides a much better balance in the beginning of the WRC calendar, which used to be dedicated to snow and gravel (7 round in a row took place on gravel and/or snow during the former WRC seasons’ starts).

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