Next: Round 5 - WRC Sardinia May 5-8 , 2011
Official Website: rallyitaliasardegna.com/2011/gb/
World Rally Radio: wrc.com/world-rally-radio/
Italy returns to the World Rally Championship after a one-year gap with the Mediterranean island of Sardinia again playing host to all the action.
Organisers have used the time away from the global stage to tweak the route with the opening day based in the Oristano province in the west of the island for the first time.
The stages in Sardinia are characterised by their challenging and varied nature. Although they are predominantly fast and narrow, the terrain is a mixture of flat open areas and undulating tracks through woodland with water splashes and spectacular jumps thrown in for good measure.
Ordinarily the surface is hard with rock-strewn sections commonplace, while ruts will often form after the first pass. However, some parts of the route are on softer ground and can be prone to damage in the event of heavy rainfall.
New for 2011
Italy’s world championship qualifier begins with a visit to previously unchartered territory around Oristano and includes a remote service Siamanna. A ceremonial start on Olbia’s waterfront is also added to the itinerary.
Also the Debut event for Prodrive MINI WRC Team