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WRC - 2019 Tour de Corse - Preview

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22.03.19

This year, the French stop of the series features a heavily revised route that spans most of the Mediterranean island and will enjoy its biggest entry for four years.

2018 WRC Tour de Corse - O. Tänak / M. Järveoja

On Round Four of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, 96 crews will take on the twists and turns of the CORSICA Linea - Tour de Corse (28-31 March). This year, the French stop of the series features a heavily revised route that spans most of the Mediterranean island and will enjoy its biggest entry for four years.

The challenge remains the same as ever, presenting the drivers with narrow and winding mountain roads formed of rough and abrasive asphalt. The frequency of corners test drivers and co-drivers, while higher-than-average stage lengths add to the stress on the crews and the tyres.
 
For his home round of the championship, which he won on four consecutive occasions between 2005 and 2008, Sébastien Loeb is back after not making the trip to Mexico and it is Andreas Mikkelsen this time who gives way in the Hyundai line-up. After three rounds, Toyota’s Ott Tänak remains the championship leader but has Citroën’s Sébastien Ogier, last year’s Corsica winner, breathing down his neck following his Mexico triumph with only four points between them. Thierry Neuville, the Tour de Corse winner in 2017, is only six points further back in third place.
 
Kalle Rovanperä will face Łukasz Pieniążek in the FIA WRC 2 Pro category, alongside a large entry in FIA WRC 2 featuring competitors from not less than ten countries including a number of national rally talents. Rally Monte-Carlo class winner Yohann Bonato will aim to take another win but he will face stiff competition on the Corsican roads. The Tour de Corse is also the second round of the FIA Junior WRC Championship after Rally Sweden, with thirteen entrants that will line-up at the start in Porto-Vecchio, as well as the second round of the the FIA RGT Cup after Monte-Carlo.
 
All of the stages can be watched live on WRC All Live on WRC+, with two stages additionally broadcast live on television: SS11 (Desert des Agriates 2) and the rally-ending SS14, Calvi Power Stage.
 


THE 2019 ROUTE
 
80 per cent of the Tour de Corse route is different to 2018. Much of the new mileage comes on Friday in the south of the island, following a ceremonial start in Porto-Vecchioon Thursday evening. Two loops of three stages will be tackled before the first service of the rally on Friday evening in Bastia. Over half of the total of 347.51 competitive kilometres will be driven on Saturday, which features the only two stages carried over from last year and takes in the island’s northernmost Cap Corse tip. On Sunday, the rally will finish for the first time in Calvi on the north-west coast following two nearby stages, with the Power Stage concluding just a couple of kilometres out of town.

 

RALLY DATA
 

Total distance:

1,194.06 km

Stage distance:

347.51 km (29.10%)

Number of stages:

14

 


MEDIA ACCREDITATION
 

The Accreditation Centre is located in the Media Centre in the Service Park at Bastia Aeroparc (N42°32.500’ / E009°28.890’). The opening hours are:

Tuesday 26 March

12:00 - 18:00 hrs 

Wednesday 27 March

09:00 - 19:00 hrs  

Thursday 28 March

07:30 - 19:00 hrs

Friday 29 March

08:00 - 19:00

 
* Beside the main media center in the Service Park at Bastia airport, there will be subsidiary press rooms available at the start of the rally in Porto-Vecchio (salle polyvalente) and at the finish of the rally in Calvi (salle polyvalente, avenue Gérard Marché).

 

2019 TOUR DE CORSE TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA
 

Wednesday 27 March

 

Mandatory media safety briefing, Photographers’ Room, Media Center         

17:00 hrs

 

 

Thursday 28 March

 

Mandatory shakedown (P1)

09:00 - 10:30 hrs

Optional shakedown (P1, P2P, P2, P3 & RGT)

10:30 - 12:30 hrs

Shakedown (others)

12:30 - 14:30 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Michelin stage, Bastia Service Park

12:30 hrs

FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Center, Bastia SP

13:00 hrs

Photo-shoot for priority crews, Parking Capitainerie, Porto-Vecchio

18:10 hrs

Autograph session for priority crews, Parking Capitainerie, Porto-Vecchio

18:30 hrs

Opening ceremony incl. presentation of the drivers, Porto-Vecchio

19:00 - 20h30 hrs

 

 

Friday 29 March

 

Start of the Rally (Section 1), Parc Fermé, Porto-Vecchio

07:00 hrs

Regroup, Porto-Vecchio

11:31 hrs

First car arrives for regroup, media zone & final service, Bastia SP

19:28 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Michelin stage, Bastia SP

During the 45’ service

 

 

Saturday 30 March

 

First car arrives for regroup, media zone & service, Bastia SP

11:24 hrs

First car arrives for regroup, media zone & final service, Bastia SP

18:24 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park, Michelin Stage, Bastia SP

During the 45’ service

‘Meet the Public’ & autograph signing session, Place St Nicolas, Bastia

From 20:04 hrs         

 

 

Sunday 31 March

 

Regroup, Calvi Port

10:45 hrs

Podium ceremony & price-giving, Parking Christophe Colomb, Calvi

15:00 hrs

FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Center, Av. G. Marché, Calvi

16:00 hrs


 
FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

 

Thursday 28 March

FIA World Rally Championship

                    

Ott Tänak (EST), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team

 

Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Citroën Total World Rally Team

 

Sébastien Loeb (FRA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team

 

Teemu Suninen (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

 

FIA WRC 2 Pro Championship

 

Kalle Rovenperä (FIN), Škoda Motorsport

 

Lukasz Pieniazek (POL), M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

 

FIA WRC 2 Championship

 

Yoann Bonato (FRA)

 

Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA)

 

FIA JUNIOR WRC Championship

 

Jan Solans (SPA)

 

Fabrizio (‘Fau’) Zaldivar (PRY)

 

 

Sunday 31 March

Winning FIA WRC 2 Pro Championship crew

 

Winning FIA WRC 2 Championship crew

 

Winning FIA Junior WRC Championship crew

 

Top three crews in the overall classification

 

Representative of the winning manufacturer

 


MANUFACTURER WRC ENTRIES, 2019 WRC TOUR DE CORSE
 

Citroën Total WRT

Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#1)

 

Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#4)

 

 

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#11)

 

Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena (#19)

 

Dani Sordo / Carlos Del Barrio (#6)

 

 

M-Sport Ford WRT

Teemu Suninen / Marko Salminen (#3)

 

Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (#33)

 

 

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#8)

 

Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (#10)

 

Kris Meeke / Sebastian Marshall (#5)

 

 
FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS
 

The provisional classifications for all the WRC Championships is available on the following link:
https://www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2019/standings