30.09.13

Rallye de France Alsace - Preview

Preview of the Rallye de France (03-05 October 2013)

 

Rallye de France Alsace, the 11th round of the FIA World Rally Championship, takes the contenders back to full Tarmac for the second time this season.

Like 2012, the super special stage in the heart of Strasbourg kicks off the action on Thursday, preceding three full days of competition. On Friday the crews head out on the Bas-Rhin and Vosges roads and on Saturday just a remote service in Colmar splits the two identical loops of three stages in the Haut-Rhin. The longest day of the rally is then rounded off with the short 4.65 kilometre Mulhouse stage and this is also where the FIA Junior WRC Championship crews will conclude the competitive element of their event. The final day of competition on Sunday is the shortest and ends on the streets of Haguenau, birthplace of reigning FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb.

The Frenchman has chosen his home round of the FIA World Rally Championship to say ‘au revoir’ to an outstanding career in the series, one that has netted him and co-driver Daniel Elena nine world titles. The duo will be back behind the wheel of the #1 Citroën DS3 WRC and pitted against Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, Championship leaders for Volkswagen Motorsport. For the third time this season, the pairing has the opportunity to claim the title on what is sure to be the most intensely-fought round of the year.

The FIA WRC 3 and WRC 2 contenders will also be action and, as the Championships head towards their conclusion, the true picture in the classifications will start to emerge.

RALLYE DE FRANCE ALSACE – ROUTE GRAPHICS
 
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CHANGES TO THE ROUTE SINCE 2012

The special stages for the 2013 event remain largely the same as 2012, with minor modifications on all but four of the stages. Uniquely, the Strasbourg Super Special Stage which opens the event on Thursday afternoon runs as the Power Stage, in which additional Championship points are awarded to the fastest three drivers. It is worth noting that these top three drivers must be in the Final Official Classification to retain the Power Stage points, and points will not be re-allocated if they are not classified.

RALLY DATA

Total distance:
Stage distance:
Number of stages:
1,264.30 km
312.14 km (24.69%)
20

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Centre is located at Rue Emile Mathis - 67201 Eckbolsheim, Strasbourg (GPS: N 48°35.408’ E 007°40.803’). The opening hours are:

Tuesday 1 October
Wednesday 2 October
Thursday 3 October
Friday 4 October
12:00 – 18:00 hrs 
08:00 – 19:00 hrs
07:00 – 19:00 hrs
07:30 – 17:00 hrs

RALLYE DE FRANCE TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA

Wednesday 2 October
Mandatory Photo briefing for national and rally by rally
photographers, Rest Area, Media Centre

Thursday 3 October
Mandatory shakedown (P1 and P2 drivers)
Optional shakedown (P1, P2 and P3 drivers)
Optional shakedown (P3, non-priority and Junior WRC drivers)
FIA Press Conference, Press Room
Autograph session (P3 and non-priority drivers), SSS1
Autograph session (P1 and P2 drivers), SSS1
Drivers’ Parade (P1 drivers), SSS1
Start and opening super special (Power) stage, Strasbourg City

Friday 4 October
First car arrives for mid-day service, re-group and Media Zone, Zénith
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone
End of day press conference, Service Park

Saturday 5 October
First car arrives for remote service, re-group and Media Zone, Colmar
First car arrives for re-group, Mulhouse
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Zénith
End of day press conference, Service Park
Podium and prize-giving, FIA Junior WRC Championship, Zénith

Sunday 6 October
First car arrives for re-group, Haguenau (no Media Zone)
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone
FIA Press Conference, Press Room
Prize-giving and podium ceremony, Zénith

17:00 hrs



07:30-09:30 hrs
09:30-10:30 hrs
10:30-13:00 hrs
12:00 hrs
14:15-14:45 hrs
15:00-15:30 hrs
15:40-15:50 hrs
15:50 hrs


12:42 hrs
18:12 hrs
During the 45’ service


11:44 hrs
17:11 hrs
20:20 hrs
During the 45’ service
Approx. 22:00 hrs


11:28 hrs
15:35 hrs
16:30 hrs
17:00 hrs

FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

Thursday 3 October










Sunday 6 October
 
Sébastien Loeb, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Qatar World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Motorsport
Robert Kubica, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Elfyn Evans, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Sébastien Chardonnet, FIA WRC 3 Championship
Keith Cronin, FIA WRC 3 Championship
Pontus Tidemand, FIA Junior WRC Championship
Michael Burri, FIA Junior WRC Championship

Winning FIA WRC 2 Championship crew
Winning FIA WRC 3 Championship crew
Top three crews in the overall classification
Representative of the winning entrant

ADDITIONAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES 

‘Meet the Crews’: On Friday and Saturday the top three drivers will attend a ‘Meet the Crews’ session for media and fans. This will take place on the WRC Stage in the service park at the earliest opportunity during the 45’ service.

Autograph Signing Session: On Friday and Saturday selected crews will be available for a 15 minute autograph session. This will take place in the service park during the end of day 45 minute service at the teams’ service areas.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classifications for all the WRC Championships can be found on the following link:

http://www.fia.com/championship/world-rally-championship/classifications-0

STAGE CHART

Shortly after the finish of the event on Sunday, a downloadable stage chart showing the progressive positions of the leading crews during the rally will be available. This is copyright free for editorial purposes and available at the following link:

http://www.fia.com/championship/world-rally-championship/2013/rallye-de-france-stage-chart-2013