Cor­sica to fea­ture proper ‘Tour’ in 2016

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This year’s Tour of Cor­sica will be just that, with the World Rally Cham­pi­onship crews com­pet­ing on roads right around the is­land.

Stick­ing with its for­mat of two long stages per day – re­peated on Fri­day and Satur­day – the event gets un­der­way with a cer­e­mo­nial start in Ajac­cio on Septem­ber 29.

The first com­pet­i­tive ac­tion is a 30-mile test be­tween Ac­qua Do­ria and Al­bi­trec­cia on Fri­day morn­ing. An 18-miler fol­lows be­fore a tyre fit­ting zone in Por­tic­cio. With no ser­vice per­mit­ted, the crews head back out for a re­peat of the morn­ing loop be­fore a 100-mile road sec­tion to the overnight halt in Bas­tia.

Satur­day in­cludes 105 com­pet­i­tive miles across four stages (two loops of two split by ser­vice in Bas­tia) in the north-east of the is­land. The fi­nal day heads south from Bas­tia down the east coast for two stages and 40 miles of com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the fin­ish in Porto-vec­chio.

Event di­rec­tor David Serieys said: “This year we’ve again de­cided to or­gan­ise a Tour de Corse in the true mean­ing of the term. The route is 70 per cent re­vamped with 161km (100 miles) of new stages. En­durance will be the key word.”

Event re­turn­ing to glory days for­mat

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