Changes for Rally Italy as Olbia base returns
This year’s Rally Italy has undergone further changes, which include a return to Olbia, for one night only.
The Sardinian event departed Olbia for Alghero in 2014 in a shift which helped keep the Italian island on the WRC schedule after the initial base became unpopular with the teams. Now, however, after a Thursday night superspecial in Ittiri on June 8, crews will drive 80 miles across the island for an overnight stopover in Olbia.
Staying on the island’s east coast allows the organisers to bring the Terranova and Monte Olia stages back to the route. The other change for this season comes to the powerstage, with last year’s picturesque beach finish replaced by a four-miler from Sassari to Argentiera. Last year’s final stage wasn’t liked by the crews for being too twisty and too soft at the finish.
Rally Italy to feature return of Terranova and Monte Olia