Kick-off of the 2019 CORSICA linea – Tour de Corse!
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Kick-off of the 2019 CORSICA linea – Tour de Corse!

28/03/2019

The 4th round of the World Rally Championship has got under way. It has been a busy day for the players in the WRC with the traditional shakedown near Sorbo Ocognano, the press conference and then the starting ceremony in Porto-Vecchio in front of the FFSA President, Nicolas Deschaux.

Summary of Thursday 28th March

The shakedown for the CORSICA linea – Tour de Corse took place this morning at 9:00. In brilliant sunshine the crews tackled this special stage whose role is to give them a final practice run before the start of the rally, which will be given tomorrow morning at 07:00. Kris Meeke set the fastest time from Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tänak even if they are not necessarily an accurate reflection of this weekend’s performances. All the WRC drivers are now looking forward to a good night’s sleep before tackling the first six special stages (121,82 km) on the programme of tomorrow’s opening leg.

In the French camp

Sébastien Ogier shone this morning by posting the second-quickest time in the shakedown. Behind the six-time world champion, Sébastien Loeb was eighth fastest as he continues getting to grips with his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. Former Rallye Jeunes FFSA winner, Éric Camilli, came out on top in WRC 2 in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Nicolas Ciamin, Yoann Bonato and Pierre-Louis Loubet took advantage of this warm-up to get ready for the first day’s racing. After his superb second place in Monte-Carlo, Adrien Fourmaux, Équipe de France FFSA Rallye driver, will continue his apprenticeship in the World Championship in the CORSICA linea – Tour de Corse.

Friday 29th March programme

SS 1-4 Bavella (17.60 km)
First car at 8:29-14:05
The rally kicks off on a wide fast road, a bit like a hill climb, in a huge pine forest. The first upward section takes the crews to the Larone pass and includes the only narrow and twisty sector followed by a very quick downhill run before they tackle another uphill section leading to the finish in the Bavella pass, 1218m above sea level. Around 10 hairpins await both drivers and spectators near the village. After crossing Zonza and undergoing a passage control in Quenza in front of the Sole e Monti auberge, one of the historic places on the rally route, the crews will go to Zerubia for a stage already run in 2015, but now shortened by 16 kilometres at the finish.

SS 2-5 Valinco (25.94 km)
First car at 09:24-15:00
Start in the Zerubia village on a smooth very narrow road in the woods before joining a wider road, which runs through the villages of Cargiacca and Loreto di Tallano in a very long twisty downhill section as far as the Acoravo bridge. This is followed by an uphill run that begins at a constant speed and then becomes quicker on a road that alternates three different surfaces until the finish at the entry to Arbellara. The crews will follow the liaison section to the heights of Propriano for the start of the 3rd stage of the day, which will bring them to the east coast.

SS 3-6 Alta-Rocca (17.37 km)
First car at 10:32-16:08
The stage starts a few dozen metres from the Caldane bridge and a hairpin bend will bring the crews to the west. They will cross Chialza on a very narrow road from curve to curve, then the Bisene village where they will have to watch out for dampness in the woods followed by Tirolo with a series of curves on a narrow road to the finish just after the very spectacular Orone hairpin. The crews will then rejoin Porto-Vecchio for a regrouping halt and a tyre change (carried out by the crews themselves) before the second passage through the three specials stages of the 1st leg. After SS 6, the cars will return to Bastia-Poretta for technical service and a night in parc fermé.

Highlights Friday 29th March

Porto-Vecchio
07h00: Start for the crews
08h28-16h08: Day’s six stages broadcast on a giant screen
11h30: Cars on the podium and regrouping
12h41: Tyre changes

Bastia Poretta (Rally Village)
10h00-23h30: Exhibitors’ village open, access free for everybody, all the special stages broadcast live on a giant screen, musical entertainment, merry-go-rounds and attractions, games and competitions, tasting sessions of local products
19h30: Arrival of the crews and passage on the podium
20h00: Meet the crews
20h00: Free concert, Petru Bracci
20h30: Free concert, Bande à Part

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