Next: Round 11 Rallye De France 01 - 03 Oct 10
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If Sebastien Loeb was going to be born by a river, you’d expect it to be a great river. And the Rhine is a truly great river.
Starting from a glacier in Switzerland, it races through Italy, Austria, Lichtenstein, Germany, France and Holland, before popping out in the North Sea 1,232 kilometres after it started its icy journey in the mountains.
Next week, the World Rally Championship will visit the banks of the Rhine for the first time, as the Rally de France switches a Corsican base for the mainland city of Strasbourg.
And, with a fairytale storyline in the offing, the event’s switch could coincide with Sebastien Loeb’s finest hour. Victory for the Frenchman at home next week would mean 60 world rally wins and seven world rally titles. And he’d do it all within cheering distance of the streets he was brought up on. And on the banks of the Rhine.
France was not a scheduled stop for the World Rally Championship last season - and the Strasbourg-based event will be quite different to the last time, the 2008 Corsican edition. Gone are the mountains, the big drops and the seemingly never-ending series of bends which led to the event being labelled the Rally of 1,000 Corners.
And in comes with a fascinating route, running north and south of Strasbourg. Unlike Corsica, each of the three days on next week’s event will have a distinct flavour; in this respect, the Rally de France is similar to Rallye Deutschland, which runs north-west in Trier.
Read More: wrc.com/news/wrc-countdown-rallye-de-france/