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WRC - 2018 Tour de Corse - Preview

30.03.18

The fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders to the Mediterranean island of Corsica.

The fourth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders back to Europe and the Mediterranean ‘Ile de Beauté’ for the CORSICA linea - Tour de Corse (5-8 April), France’s round of the series. As the first tarmac event of the year it will present yet another fresh challenge following the three specialised rallies that have opened the season.

While the route has been heavily revamped and will run in parts of the island not used in competition for years, the challenge remains the same. Narrow and relentlessly winding mountain roads await the crews and the abrasive asphalt is tough on tyres. Factor in potentially inclement weather in the hills and France’s round of the Championship is another classic on the calendar as well as a tough physical challenge for those behind the wheel.

After an impressive return to competition at Rally Mexico, multiple FIA World Rally Champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will again be back in action on the island. The French/Monegasque pairing have four consecutive victories to their name (2005-2008) and could again be a force to be reckoned with against the regular Championship contenders. After his victory last time out in Mexico, Sébastien Ogier is back at the top of the standings with a four-point advantage over Thierry Neuville. Both have one victory apiece on the island and they, along with Loeb and Jari-Matti Latvala, are the only drivers on this year’s entry list to have taken a WRC win in Corsica. There is a strong field of entrants in the FIA WRC 2 Championship category and Corsica is the second round of the FIA Junior WRC Championship where the crews are all competing in identically prepared Ford Fiesta R2s. The rally is also the second of five events in the FIA RGT Cup and no fewer than seven crews will take the start in Porsche and Abarth machinery.

SS7 on Saturday and the closing Power Stage (SS12) will be broadcast live on television, while all stages are available live on WRC All Live on the WRC+ platform.

ROUTE GRAPHICS

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THE 2018 ROUTE

For the first time since 1978, Bastia will host the ceremonial start on Thursday evening before the competition gets underway on Friday morning. The first stage will be a sharp wake-up call at 49 kilometres and is one of only two retained from last year. The second - Piedigriggio–Pont de Castirla - has not been used in the WRC since 1999. Both stages are run twice before the crews head back to the Bastia service park via an autograph session in town. On Saturday, another three stages, both repeated, await the crews and again two of the three are new to this year’s itinerary. Sunday, which heads south-west to the Gravona valley, will be no cruise to the finish. The day kicks off with the longest stage of the event - Vero–Sarrola-Carcopino at 55.17 kilometres - before an all-new Power Stage closes the action. Surviving crews then head to Ajaccio for the podium and prize-giving ceremony.

RALLY DATA

Total distance:
Stage distance:
Number of stages:

1,119.68 km
333.48 km (29.77%)
12

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Centre is located in the Media Centre in the Salle Polyvalente, Route de la Gare, 20290 Borgo. The opening hours are:

Tuesday 3 April
Wednesday 4 April
Thursday 5 April
Friday 6 April

12:00 - 18:00 hrs
09:00 - 19:00 hrs
07:30 - 19:00 hrs
08:00 - 19:00 hrs

TOUR DE CORSE TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA

Wednesday 4 April
Mandatory media safety briefing, photographers'
room, Borgo

Thursday 5 April
Shakedown (P1 drivers)
Shakedown (P1, P2, P3 and RGT drivers)
Shakedown (non priority drivers)
'Meet the Crews', Service Park, Bastia
FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Borgo
Autograph sessions, Place St Nicolas, Bastia
Photo-shoot (Priority drivers), Place St Nicolas, Bastia
Ceremonial Start, Place St Nicolas, Bastia

Friday 6 April
First car arrives for regroup, service and Media Zone, Bastia
Autograph session, Place St Nicolas, Bastia
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Bastia
'Meet the Crews', Service Park, Bastia

Saturday 7 April
Regroup and Media Zone, L’Île Rousse
First car arrives for regroup, service and Media Zone, Bastia
Regroup and Media Zone, L’Île Rousse
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Bastia
'Meet the Crews', Service Park, Bastia

Sunday 8 April
Regroup and Media Zone, Porticcio
FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Town Hall, Ajaccio
Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Place du Diamant,
Ajaccio

17:00 hrs



08:00 - 09:30 hrs
09:30 - 11:30 hrs
11:30 - 14:00 hrs
11:45 hrs
12:30 hrs
17:30 - 18:30 hrs
17:40 hrs
18:30 hrs


12:22 hrs
From 17:45 hrs
18:51 hrs
During the 45' service


09:57 hrs
12:29 hrs
17:41 hrs
20:00 hrs
During the 45' service


10:55 hrs
14:30 hrs
15:00 hrs

FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

Thursday 5 April








Sunday 8 April

Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, FIA Junior/WRC 3 Championship
Emilio Fernandez, FIA Junior/WRC 3 Championship
Stéphane Lefebvre, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Pierre Louis Loubet, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Sébastien Loeb, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT
Sébastien Ogier, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Ott Tanak, Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team

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

MANUFACTURER ENTRIES, TOUR DE CORSE

M-Sport Ford WRT



Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT



Toyota GAZOO 
Racing WRT


Citroën Total Abu Dhabi
WRT 

Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#1)
Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (#2)
Bryan Bouffier / Xavier Panseri (#3)

Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger (#4)
Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#5)
Dani Sordo / Carlos del Barrio (#6)

Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (#7)
Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#8)
Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#9)

Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (#10)
Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (#11)

ADDITIONAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES 

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 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:

www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2018/standings

STAGE CHART

Shortly after the finish of the event, 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:

www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2018/stage-chart-2

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