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Neuville-Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupè Wrc) win Rally Italia Sardegna

Alghero (Italy), June 10, 2018 – A breathtaking, 4 days, 313 competitive kilometres battle that ended only at the very end of the final Power Stage. An incredible clash of Titans that saw Belgian crew formed by Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul on the Hyundai Motorsport i20 Coupè WRC beating by only 0.7 second Sebastien Ogier - Julien Ingrassia on the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC. This is the final verdict of the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna, seventh round of the World Rally Championship, one of the closest rally of them all. Suspance was also added to this duel when Ingrassia, ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS20 “Sassari-Argentiera 2”

Car #31 J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5): "The feeling is very nice, it is amazing. CZech fans are everywhere. Thanks a lot for their support and thanks to the team. The weekend did not start off completely perfect, but then we were fast on Friday and not many mistakes and we won”. Car #4 A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger-Synnevaag (Hyundai i20 Coupè WRC): "The driving was not so bad, but the line was terrible, I had to make my own lines in many of the corners. The WRC cars can now follow and have a better exit, ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS19 “Cala Flumini 2”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "It is obviously very different to what we saw first thing this morning. Very abrasive. Tyre wear should be OK, I think they will probably get through the loop no problem, for sure the guys pushing might not have enough thread left for the power stage, who knows". Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "Not definitely not as I wanted. I am sure everybody will save the tyres here. But I want to try and enjoy the stage and driving as much as I can”. Car ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS18 “Sassari-Argentiera 1”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "Not easy. Quite good fun, but quite different to what I remembered the stage from last year. Quite hard packed and loose in comparison. We will see how it evolves for later on". Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "I had a spin, quite close to the end. There was a bump in the middle of the corner, I do not know maybe I was a bit fast, I lost the rear. And then I had to do a three-point turn”. Car #12 M. Ostberg / ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS17 “Cala Flumini 1”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "Yeah definitely quite a loose stage and quite narrow in places as well. Not great to be the first, but to be fair I am just driving through this morning". [co-driver: no grip there] Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "OK, obviously a lot of cleaning in there. Just driving it in the middle of the road not making any mistakes. See if I can get it back”. Car #12 M. Ostberg / T. Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC): "Competition with Paddon? Not I do not think ...
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Meet the crews after SS16

Day two, Saturday 9 June 2017 Manufacturers Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport Ford WRT Michel Nandan, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Kaj Lindstroem, Toyota GAZOO Racing Wrt Pierre Budar, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi Wrt Q: Malcolm, pretty thrilling day Sebastian leads at the end of the day 3.9 sec. over Neuville, did he have you worried out there when he was losing time? MW: Maybe a thrilling day for you but certainly not for me and Michel (Nandan) for sure, quite stressful in the office, particularly when he lost time this morning which was a bit concerning, we thought there was something wrong ...
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Battle rages at Rally Italia Sardegna

Alghero (Italy), June 8, 2018 – Second leg of the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna, seventh round of the World Rally Championship, was considered the decisive one, but actually everything will be decided on Sunday during the last four special stages. The difficult stages at “Coiluna Loelle”, “Monti di Alà” and “Monte Lerno” did not establish a clear situation for the final victory. However, they defined two main competitors, that are also the two drivers at the top of the championship standings: world champion Sebastien Ogier, with Julien Ingrassia on the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, and actual championship leader Thierry Neuville, ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS16 “Monte Lerno 2”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "It is never an easy situation opening the road obviously. " Car #12 M. Ostberg / T. Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC): "Yeah it is like that, we have played it safe in the afternoon”. Car #9 E. Lappi / J. Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC): "Unfortunately, just on the tail of JM - I have not got past him. I have been doing a good job to be honest, the car has been working very well, so I have to be satisfied, but it is just a tough competition at this ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS15 “Monti di Alà 2”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "For sure a bit better, there were some sections more clean with bedrock others very very slippery. I do not think there are so many loose rocks about to be honest, but there are always the hard ones that are embedded in the ground". Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "You wouldn't want softs!Tricky, what a transformation to 12 months ago. Apart from one or two places for the team to work on, I have to say that it is quite a pleasure to drive here, ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS14 “Coiluna-Loelle 2”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "It feels even more slippy to be honest and quite a few nasty stones sticking up waiting for some big impacts. But overall, all OK". Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "I knew it was a straight road through the dust but when you can't see anything at all I just backed off a little bit.I dropped a second or two there. But better than this morning definitely anyway”. Car #6 H. Paddon / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Mixture of tyres? I think it ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS12 “Monte Lerno 1”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "Tough morning, something strange with the feeling with the car just in there now, something like a rear roll bar, nothing major, but you feel the car rolling a lot and quite a lot of understeer. You would not normally break it by hitting something, but I do not know". Car #6 H. Paddon / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "It is the first time since shakedown since the car has felt good again, we haven't really done anything with the car it is the conditions coming back to ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS11 Monti di Alà 1

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "No moments. Maybe wide on a corner just on the top of the mountain, nothing major. Overall, the grip is quite low, we will see. Proper rally Sardinia stage. It is a funny surface, damp underneath and crusting on top which is quite loose". Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "Quite a big impact here near the start of the stage in the front right, need to check it on the road section. It feels a bit strange, maybe something with the damper but not so ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS10 “Coiluna-Loelle 1”

Car #2 E. Evans / D. Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC): "Not too bad, but pretty tricky, in some places quite a lot of big puddles and standing water, in quite unexpected places but overall OK". Car #6 H. Paddon / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Enjoyed it, OK it is quite muddy near the end. Nice to drive, I enjoy when it is like this. One jump gave us a good old knock on the head but it was all okay. Good fun. " Car #12 M. Ostberg / T. Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC): "It is a good thing ...
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Ogier-Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) on top of the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna first leg

Alghero (Italy), June 8, 2018 – The first day of Rally Italia Sardegna, seventh round of the World Rally Challenge, just finished but it showed the strategy and strength of Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on M Sport Ford Fiesta WRC. Rain and mud characterized this day. Ogier yesterday started with a win but today he had a difficult start finishing in fifth position after the first loop, 23 second behind Neuville, that was leading after the four stages of the morning. On the second loop, on the Tula stage, the French driver set an incredible time that took him ...
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Meet the crews after SS9

Day one, Friday 8 June 2017 Manufacturers Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport Ford WRT Michel Nandan, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Tommi Makinen, Toyota GAZOO Racing WRT Pierre Budar, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Q: Let's talk about Ogier, our rally leader at the and of the day; what a performance today. MW: Yes incredible as you said at lunch time he was fifth overall, he was thinking maybe a little about Portugal I think he used this morning as a high speed recce. He certainly put a lot of effort at lunchtime looking all his videos he did just an incredible drive ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS9 “Monte Baranta 2”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "I was struggling with the handling of the car from the beginning, put on a new front-right and rear-left tyre before this stage and I think the height difference between the tyres unsettled it. I stalled the car and I run wide into the ditch but then I pushed very hard and I hope not to lose too much, we will see". [front and rear damage] [overshot and lost rear wing he hit some hay bale ] Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "It has ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS8 “Tergu-Osilo 2”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Not so easy, this one is quite abrasive. I tried to do the loop with not as many soft tyres to save some them for the rest of the weekend. I am not sure this is a good time, maybe I was too careful". Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "So far it is a good loop, just had an issue with the shifting in this stage. A big mid-shift in between gears, I lost a second maybe but it should be OK. I do ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS7 “Castelsardo 2”

Car #4 A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger-Synnevaag (Hyundai i20 Coupè WRC): Stopped at 10.0km maybe he had some issues with the gearbox .Reversing he rested the exhaust on a hay bale that caused a small fire. Car #11 C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën C3 WRC): "”. He overshoot and hit a hay bale and had to reverse losing some seconds. Car #35 L. Pieniazek / P. Mazur (ŠKODA Fabia R5): “”Struggling with the puncture but he is getting to the end ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS6 “Tula 2”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Really tough, too much standing water, I had so much water in the line. The road will get more muddy I do not know. I made a spin, I had to reverse. Maybe I was not committed enough and then you start making mistakes, but I do not know we have to see the times.". Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "No mistakes, but it is not possible to push. Super tricky. I saw the line of Neuville, it looked like he hit a bank ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS5 “Monte Baranta 1”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Obviously, without the rain there was no chance for us to be even in top 8. It has helped a little bit, but there is still some cleaning. I am pushing very hard, I had a few moments in the last few stages, we need to calm down a bit". Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "I tried what I can. Five softs tyres was definitely the right choice”. Car #8 O. Tanak / M. Jarveoia (Toyota Yaris WRC): "What can I say? It is ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS4 “Tergu-Osilo 1”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Same approach but more big stones on the road, I tried hard but we know we have to stay calm and be in a good position tonight to have a better road position tomorrow that is the only thing we can do. The rain is helping a little bit but not enough". Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "Quite same time, honestly I did not understand why I was so slow in the previous one, we need to find out. My car more wet and ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS3 “Castelsardo/1”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "I pushed much harder in this one, the first one was trickier being first in the road with the wet we could not see where was the mud. In this one and it was much more consistent. It will get better with the cleaning in this one. Much drier than the first one. I started to lose towards the end as it was getting quite slippery it was really loose, I pushed I pushed, we will see.". Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "Nothing going ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SS2 “Tula/1”

Car #5 T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC): "Very tricky conditions. We knew it was going to be a difficult stage, but the rain just before the stage made it very slippery. It is good for us in the fight for a good position for the rest of this weekend. Quite good for us, but it makes it very very challenging". Car #1 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC): "No idea what happened at the start, but conditions are not good to be in front. I did not want to take too many risks in ...
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Ogier-Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta) lead the way at Rally Italia Sardegna

Alghero (Italy), June 7, 2018 – A very crowded SS1 “Ittiri Arena Show” opened the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna, seventh round of the World Rally Championship, and wrote the first standings of the event. The first two kilometres against the clock saw Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC setting the fastest time by one tenth of a second on Andreas Mikkelsen, who shares Hyundai Motorsport i20 Coupè WRC with Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag. Third by only seven tenth is WRC leader Thierry Neuville, with Nicolas Gilsoul on another i20 Coupè WRC. The SS1 top-five was completed with ...
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Drivers’ quotes after SSS1 “Ittiri Arena show”

Car #40 B. Guerra / B. Rozada (ŠKODA Fabia R5): “Very difficult, the jump is like a motocross jump. Very difficult and very slippery.We have hard tyres. We tried to keep the good ones for the stages. Sunday it will be very hot, with hard tyres it will be difficult to set good times”. Car #34 F. Andolfi / S. Scattolin (ŠKODA Fabia R5): There is a lot of mud in the stage but I enjoyed it. . Car #38 S. Lefebvre / G. Moreau (Citroën C3 R5): “This morning it was a good shakedown, we did the best time ...
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Latvala is the fastest at the Shakedown

Jari - Matti Latvala ( Toyota Yaris Wrc) with the time of 1’53’’9 is the fastest in this morning’s  shakedown in Olmedo .  “ The car is working very well and I am really satisfied with the set up. It will be a difficult race, we will see how the rain will effect, for us it is a disadvantage, while for the shakedown at the end it did not influence a lot the conditions since the grip was perfect.” To underline that on the first round on the damp ground Ogier, Suninen ( Ford Fiesta Wrc) and Mikkelsen ( Hyundai i20 ...
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Rally Italia Sardegna is ready to kick off

Italian round of World Rally Championship will start at 17:00hrs from the Alghero seafront. SS1 “Ittiri Arena Show” will follow at 18:00hrs. From Friday to Sunday the remaining 19 stages on the demanding dusty roads of the North-West of Sardinia Alghero (Italy), June 6, 2018. After today's recce and autograph session, Rally Italia Sardegna is ready to kick off. On Thurday, June 7 at 8:00hrs the 3.51 kilometres shakedown will open the event near Olmedo. Italian round of the World Rally Championship will officially start at 17:00 from the Alghero seafront. Then, SS1 “Ittiri Arena Show” will follow at 18:00hrs ...
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45 verified drivers, Rendina on 0 safety car, live on tv

A total of 45 drivers were admitted to the start after scrutineerings in Alghero ahead of the Rally Italia Sardegna. The five failures were the #10 Kris Meeke, as already announced by Citroen, the Italian gravel Trophy winner Andrea Dalmazzini (#84 Ford Fiesta R5), the russian Shaymiev (#85), the Romanian Casuneanu (#87) and Sebastiano Ciato (#97). All the other crews reached Sardinia and the rally will therefore enjoy the presence of 11 Wrc Plus, 4 Wrc 2016, 12 Wrc 2 and 4 Wrc 3 cars. Meanwhile, drivers have started recce this morning which will continue until tomorrow afternoon. Max Rendina ...
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RIS2018: A week full of events – Entertainment Events

Alghero, June 1st, 2018 - Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 will be again the chance for a week full of events. As every year, the world rally championship round scheduled for June 7 – 10 will be enriched by several events that will take place from the eve of the rally and will extend to its end party. Wednesday, June 6th (Opening) – The long weekend will start on Wednesday, June 6th with the Opening Ceremony that will take place at 20,30 in the Alghero harbour. The opening night will be proceeded by the Festa del Gusto (a fair with gastronomic ...
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Alghero spectacular location of the Rally Italia Sardegna

The city of Alghero will stage service park, race direction and press room of the Rally Italia Sardegna on its spectacular location for the fifth year running. This connection has led to interesting satellite activities to the event organized by Automobile Club d'Italia due to the huge amount of Italian and foreign supporters that take part in the Italian round of the World Rally Championship, that reached this year its 15th edition on the island. Alghero and its territory became the headquarters of the Rally Italia Sardegna in 2014. This choice was due also to all the initiatives done together ...
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Tiziano Siviero introduces Rally Italia Sardegna 2018

Tiziano Siviero designed the Rally Italia Sardegna this year too. The rally will change its look again for its 15th edition. The race scheduled for June 7-10 is organized by Automobil Club d’Italia in partnership with Regione Sardegna and will be more compact than the previous editions. The rally will touch again only the north part of the island, with a liason featuring 20 stages and 313 km competitive. The two times world champion describes the motivations behind this choice. «We chose to confirm the layout of the past two editions – the Italian driver commented – because it is ...
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Citroen axes Meeke: will not start RIS2018

The French company closes relations with the driver after the last accident in the Rally de Portugal. The decision, presented by the team principal Pierre Budar "based on security issues", remove the crew from the entry list of Sardinia’s rally British rider Kris Meeke and his Irish co-driver Paul Nagle will not at the wheel of the Citroen C3 Wrc for the rest of the season in WRC. The decision came as a result of the last misadventure experienced by the official Citroen Racing WRT crew in Portugal, when their C3 Wrc ended its run against a tree. A measure ...
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RIS2018 full of appointments: the Autographs Session on Wednesday June 6th

The main protagonists of WRC will meet the fans in Alghero at the eve of the rally The await is mounting in the province of Sassari for the arrival of the World Rally Championship. As every year, fans will have several chances to live the thrill of the Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 closely. The first date on the calendar is the Autographs Session that will take place, as usual, in the splendid seafront of Alghero. The main teams partaking in the race with their full lineups will be available for fans that will have the chance to get a souvenir ...
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Hyundai Motorsport at work in Sardinia

A less than a month is left before the Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 and top teams keep landing in Sardinia to run some tests ahead of the seventh round of the Rally World Championship. After Toyota, that run some tests three weeks ago with Latvala, Tanak and Lappi, this time around Hyundai Motorsport came to the island. The Korean team did not waste any time and, back from Argentina, it run some technical tests in Gallura. The gravel of San Giacomo and Aggius saw the two works drivers Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon working to find the right setup of ...
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Tickets for the “Ittiri Arena Show” now on presale

The tickets to watch the opening Super Special Stage to the Rally Italia Sardegna next June 7th are now on presale. Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 – An unmissable event. The Rally Italia Sardegna is approaching fast and, as every year, several chances to watch the World Rally Car in action will be available also for this fifteenth edition. On top of these chances to follow live the Italian FIA World Rally Championship scheduled for next June 7 – 10, is the Super Special Stage in Ittiri, the “Ittiri Arena Show” (2,00km) scheduled for Thursday June 7th at local 18.00 as ...
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Helicopter packages: a new opportunity is available to follow the Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 closely

Another novelty for the world event scheduled for next June 4th – 10th. Several solutions are available from today on to live the race from a unique perspective Monday April 23rd, 2018 – The starting date of the Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 is getting closer. Roughly one month is left to go to before the FIA World Rally Championship week and the organizer Automobile Club d’Italia formalized a new agreement aimed at providing fans with an exclusive chance to live the racing weekend in Sardinia. From this year, it will be in fact possible to follow the Italian World Rally ...
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Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 and Grimaldi Lines: facilitations and fare discounts for fans

The agreement between AciSport and the shipping company of the Grimaldi group to encourage the purchase of fare tickets to Sardinia. Several facilitations will be in place for all fans wishing to follow the Italian round of WRC live.     Wednesday, April 17th 2018 – Rally Italia Sardegna 2018, the Italian round of the FIA World Rally Championship, is getting close. The rally organized by ACI, scheduled for next June 7 – 10, will be the focus of all the motorsport fans. For this reason, RIS 2018 organizers, with the support of Aci Sport, are defining a partnership with ...
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Supplementary regulations published

The Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 is getting to its heart with the publication of Supplementary Regulations and the opening of entries that will close on Tuesday, May 8th. The Italian round of the FIA World Rally Championship organized by Automobile Club d’Italia will take place from June 7th to 10th in Sardinia. The program will feature 20 tests for a total of 313,46 competitive km and a comprehensive TV coverage, with 5 live stages ...
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Rally Italia Sardegna 2018: the itinerary

The 15th anniversary of the Rally Italia Sardegna, event organized by Automobile Club d’Italia with the partnership of Regione Sardegna, will be celebrated on the same itinerary that has been devised for the past two editions of the rally in the north of the island. The seventh round of the World Rally Championship is scheduled for next June 7-10 and confirmed its headquarters in Alghero for the fifth year running. Service park will take place again in the “catalan” town in between the piers of the touristic harbour, the “ramblas” and Piazzale della Pace, while press room, race direction and ...
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