It was in Sanremo that the WRC teams used to traditionally meet, but the event was moved to a new location in 2004, yielding the honours to a completely different setting on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.
The nature of the race itself was also transformed in the process. The asphalt of Sanremo gave way to the gravel surfaces of Sardinia, thereby changing the conditions in which the drivers perform their art.
If it is still relatively new on the calendar, Rally Sardinia is well-known amongst those who are passionate about the sport as it is in fact the Costa Smeralda, an event included in the Italian Rally Championship.
Petter Solberg won the inaugural WRC Rally Sardinia in 2004, while Sébastien Loeb won consecutively in 2005 and 2006. Marcus Grönholm will surely be more than interested in adding his name to that list.