WRC – Occasion Preview – Rally Italia Sardegna

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WRC – Occasion Preview – Rally Italia Sardegna



The mud would possibly nonetheless be settling following an epic Vodafone Rally de Portugal final weekend, however with the tempo by no means relenting within the FIA World Rally Championship, it’s off to Sardinia for Italy’s WRC counter from June 2-5.Marking the second consecutive WRC occasion on gravel this season, Rally Italia Sardegna offers a take a look at of automotive and crew of Portuguese proportions – solely more durable.That’s as a result of the ambient and floor temperatures are anticipated to be hotter than they had been in Portugal, whereas the slender nature of the loose-surface roads is much more obvious on the Mediterranean island.However not solely are the roads slender, tough and difficult, they’re additionally lined with rocks and timber. Aligned with a tough base and smooth sandy floor, plus the specter of hanging mud, there’s no such factor as a simple stage in Sardinia.Street place can be an element, with drivers operating additional down the order benefitting from cleaner and extra secure stage circumstances within the occasion of heat and dry climate.Again within the westerly seaside resort of Alghero after a yr away final season in Olbia, as soon as the occasion’s former long-term residence, the 2022 version of Rally Italia Sardegna pays homage to its previous residence with an all-new mixed-surface stage opening the motion in Olbia subsequent Thursday night.Whereas Portugal celebrated the return of legends Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier – plus the beginning of the WRC’s fiftieth anniversary festivities – Sardinia will revel within the emergence of rising star Kalle Rovanperä. The 21-year-old Finn continues to shrug off his lack of expertise and heads to Alghero on the again of claiming a third-straight victory.Though Rovanperä’s benefit over second-placed Thierry Neuville has risen to a powerful 46 factors after 4 rounds, the chase for third place is tightly poised with 4 factors separating Takamoto Katsuta in third and Craig Breen in sixth. Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans are fourth and fifth within the provisional order respectively.The World Rally Championship has been stopping off in Sardinia since 2004 and this yr’s occasion is the seventeenth to rely for the WRC following its relocation from the mainland. Except for 2010, Sardinia has been ever-present on the WRC calendar since its maiden look.For its residence spherical of the WRC, Pirelli will present its Scorpion KX exhausting and smooth tyres. The exhausting compound is the primary alternative and will likely be used whether it is heat and dry on Rally Italia Sardegna, whereas the smooth compound is for cool and damp circumstances. A most of 28 tyres are allotted to every Rally1 automotive together with 4 for Shakedown. RALLY1 CONTENDERSEleven new-generation, hybrid-powered Rally1 automobiles characteristic on the Rally Italia Sardegna entry record, which is headed by Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen, winners of the final three rounds for Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT.The Finns are 46 factors forward of their nearest challengers, the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff pairing of Belgians Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe.Toyota’s GR Yaris Rally1-powered problem additionally contains Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin and Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston, plus Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm, the Finnish pair returning to WRC responsibility after making manner for Sébastien Ogier/Benjamin Veillas in Portugal as a part of their carsharing association for the season.Spaniards Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera proceed within the third Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff entry on the again of their third place in Portugal. Estonians Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja full the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 entry.Irishmen Craig Breen/Paul Nagle are the highest-seeded members of the M-Sport Ford World Rally adopted by Gus Greensmith/Jonas Andersson and Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria. Pierre-Louis Loubet/Vincent Landais compete in a fourth Ford Puma Rally1. THE SUPPORTING CATEGORIESThere are loads of gifted drivers on present in FIA WRC2, the World Rally Championship’s second tier for Rally2 automobiles. Yohan Rossel (PH Sport Citroën C3) heads defending champion and fellow two-time occasion winner Andreas Mikkelsen (Toksport WRT Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo) within the provisional standings. Triple European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz is subsequent however hasn’t included Sardinia on his 2022 schedule. That leaves WRC2 Junior chief Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo) as the subsequent best-placed driver on the entry record adopted by his Toksport team-mate Nikolay Gryazin and Yacco ACCO Staff’s Erik Cais (Ford Fiesta Rally2).Different potential frontrunners embrace Eric Camilli (Saintéloc Junior Staff), Georg Linnamäe, Miko Marczyk, Josh McErlean, Teemu Suninen (Hyundai Motorsport N) and Junior WRC champion Sami Pajari, who steps as much as Rally2 stage in a Škoda Fabia Evo for the primary time when he’ll look to utilise skilled gained competing in Rally3 equipment. Italian Mauro Miele is the main FIA WRC2 Masters contender, whereas Jan Černý tops the FIA WRC3 entry forward of Diego Dominguez, Zoltán László and Enrico Brazzoli. THE 2022 ROUTEFollowing the Olbia Cabu-Abbas superspecial on Thursday night, Friday’s opening loop is made up of the Terranova and Monti di Ala’ e Buddoso’ levels run twice. Measuring 24.70 kilometres, Monti di Ala’ e Buddoso’ is the rally’s longest stage. After service in Alghero, the problem continues with two passes of Osilo – Tergu and Sedini – Castelsardo for a complete aggressive distance on leg one in all 133.56 kilometres. Saturday’s itinerary consists of 4 levels every run twice over 131.82 timed kilometres. Erula – Tula follows Tempio Pausania with each exams repeated earlier than crews head to a tyre becoming zone in Buddusò. The afternoon consists of two passes by means of Coiluna – Loelle and Monte Lerno di Pattada, which incorporates the well-known Micky’s Bounce. Sunday’s deciding leg options the double use Cala Flumini and Sassari – Argentiera levels. Sassari – Argentiera types the Wolf Energy Stage when its run for a second time with a seaside stretch a notable spotlight. RALLY DATATotal distance:   1303.38 kmStage distance:   307.91 kmNumber of levels:  21 MEDIA ACCREDITATIONMedia accreditation should be collected in particular person by accredited cross holders from the Accreditation Centre situated at Lu Qualté (Largo Lo Quarter), Alghero.The opening hours are:Tuesday Could 31: 14:00 – 20:00 hrsWednesday June 1: 08:00 – 20:00 hrsThursday June 2: 07:00 – 20:00 hrsFriday June 3: 07:00 – 14:00 hrsThe Media Centre (Lu Qualté, Largo Lo Quarter, Alghero), is open as follows:Tuesday Could 31: 14:00 – 20:00 hrsWednesday June 1: 08:00 – 20:00 hrsThursday June 2: 07:00 – 22:00 hrsFriday June 3: 07:00 – 23:00 hrsSaturday June 4: 07:00 – 23:00 hrsSunday June 5: 07:00 – 23:00 hrs 2022 RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIESWednesday June 1 FIA Tabard Media Security Briefing, Photographers’ Room, Media Centre17:00 hrsTeam media capabilities (contact groups instantly for info)17:30 to 19:00 hrsAutograph signing session, Service Park19:15 to 19:35 hrs  Thursday June 2 Shakedown for P1 and invited drivers, Olmedo, 3.53km 09:01-10:00 hrsShakedown for P1, P2 and P3 drivers, Olmedo, 3.53km10:00-11:30 hrsShakedown for non-priority drivers, Olmedo, 3.53km11:30-13:00 hrsMeet the Crews (high 3 drivers from Shakedown), Alghero Service Park12:15 hrsPre-event FIA press convention, Media Centre, Alghero*13:00 hrsRally Begin (begin of Part 1) – Through dei Lidi, Olbia18:05 hrs  Friday June 3 Begin of Part 205:55 hrsMeet the Crews (P1 group principals, then high 3 drivers), Service Parkaround 20:45 hrs  Saturday June 4 Begin of Part 605:25 hrsMeet the Crews (P1 group principals, then high 3 drivers), Service Parkaround 20:00 hrs   Sunday June 5 Begin of Part 1007:00 hrsPodium Ceremony and Prize Giving, Alghero – Bastioni Magellano 15:00 hrsPost-Occasion FIA Press Convention, Media Centre, Alghero*16:00 hrs *Press Conferences will likely be out there to accredited media attending onsite and now not streamed through Zoom. Nevertheless, a written transcript will likely be out there afterwards. MEDIA ZONESAll precedence drivers (and co-drivers upon request to the Nationwide Press Officer or FIA Media Delegate) will likely be out there for media interviews on the following occasions:TC5A, TC9A, TC13A, TC17A, TC21A FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE Thursday June 213:00 – FIA WRCToyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota GR Yaris Rally1Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai i20 N Rally1M-Sport Ford WRT Craig Breen (IRL), Ford Puma Rally113:10 – FIA WRC2PH Sport – Yohan Rossel (FRA), Citroën C3 Rally2Mauro Miele (ITA), Škoda Fabia Rally2 EvoSami Pajari (FIN), Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo13:20 – FIA WRC3Enrico Brazzoli (ITA), Ford Fiesta Rally3Jan Černý (CZE), Ford Fiesta Rally3 Sunday June 5Winning FIA WRC3 Open Championship driverWinning FIA WRC2 Championship driverWinning FIA WRC2 Masters Cup driverTop three drivers within the general classificationRepresentative of the profitable producer 2022 RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA MANUFACTURER ENTRIESToyota Gazoo Racing WRTKalle Rovanperä (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN) – #69 Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR) – #33 Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN) #4  Hyundai Shell Mobis WRTThierry Neuville (BEL) / Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL) – #11 Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST) – #8 Dani Sordo (ESP) / Cándido Carrera (ESP) – #6  M-Sport Ford WRTCraig Breen (IRL) / Paul Nagle (IRL) – #42 Gus Greensmith (GBR) / Jonas Andersson (SWE) – #44 Adrien Fourmaux (FRA) / Alexandre Coria (FRA) – #16 2022 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONSThe classification following spherical three of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship season is accessible at this hyperlink. 2021 RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA RESULTS1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien IngrassiaToyota Yaris WRC3h19m26.4s2. Elfyn Evans/Scott MartinToyota Yaris WRC+46.0s3. Thierry Neuville/Martijn WydaegheHyundai i20 Coupe WRC+1m05.2s RECENT WINNERS2021Sébastien Ogier/Julien IngrassiaToyota Yaris WRC2020Dani Sordo/Carlos del BarrioHyundai i20 Coupe WRC2019Dani Sordo/Carlos del BarrioHyundai i20 Coupe WRC2018Thierry Neuville/Nicolas GilsoulHyundai i20 Coupe WRC2017Ott Tänak/Martin JärveojaFord Fiesta WRC 



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