Tour de Corse route ex­panded with in­creased stages

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If it’s a tour of Cor­sica you’re af­ter, this is the week for you.

For the first time in the mod­ern era of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, the se­ries will visit three of the is­land’s four cor­ners in one of the most con­tro­ver­sial routes in re­cent years.

Hav­ing spent the last two decades en­joy­ing the rel­a­tive com­fort of a David Richards-in­spired clover­leaf cen­tral ser­vice for­ma­tion, the World Rally Cham­pi­onship will go back on the road this week.

Start­ing with shake­down in Bas­tia, the crews will head to Ajac­cio on Thurs­day night for the first stage on Fri­day morn­ing.

The open­ing day’s ac­tion is cen­tred around a tyre fit­ting zone in Por­tic­cio, which splits two loops of two stages.

The day is con­cluded with a drive back up to Bas­tia for an overnight halt in the north of the is­land. Satur­day re­mains around Bas­tia be­fore a long trek down south to Porto Vec­chio for the fi­nal day.

Like last year’s event, the num­ber of stages on the route is lim­ited – but is in­creased by one from last year’s nine. The to­tal of 10 stages on this week’s itin­er­ary still add up to 242 miles of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion.

The fi­nal day in­cludes both the long­est, and the short­est, stages on the rally route. The 33-mile An­ti­san­tiPog­gio di Nazza test opens the pro­ceed­ings for the last day and the six-mile Porto Vec­chio-palom­bag­gia pow­er­stage closes the event out on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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