Changes for Rally Italy as Ol­bia base re­turns

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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

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