The roads, towns and cities of the attractive island of Sardinia make a perfect backdrop for the excitement, thrills and colour of “Rally Sardinia 2017”, the Italian round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), to be held from the 8th to the 11th of June 2017.
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The rally makes a spectacular attraction for visitors to this friendly and welcoming island, one that is sure to test some of the world’s greatest drivers to the highest levels.
Rally Italia Sardinia 2017 WRC – The World Rally Championship
The World Rally Championship (WRC) is one of the premier motor-sport series in the world, and takes place in various countries (Sweden, Portugal, Mexico) throughout the 2017 season.
The Sardinian event is one of the most popular on the 2017 calendar, offering easy access to spectators and a fine chance to visit this charming and unique island and watch some very fast cars too!
For dads and kids especially, the chance to combine Rally Sardinia with a family holiday is one that cannot be overlooked.
The 2017 edition program, highlights and results
This year’s edition will see once again the charming city of Alghero as the main headquarter and 19 special stages which will cover more than 320 kilometres through the tight roads of the north Sardinia.
This year’s novelty is the parc fermè which will be set up in the Olbia pier as the first stage will start around the Olbia province.
On June 8th the drivers will be involved in the morning shakedown (4,11 km) which will be held in Olmedo at 8:00 am. The cars will then leave from Alghero to the Ittiri Arena Show at 6:00 pm and then will enter the Parc Fermè at 8:30 pm.
On June 9th the cars will leave the Parc Fermè at 6:30 am and the drivers will be very busy
with many special stages in Terranova, Monte Olia, Tula. Back to the service park in Alghero at 8:30 pm.
On Saturday June 10th the drivers will start really early (5:00 am) as the races will be held in the eastern part of the island (Monti di Alà, Coiluna). Back to Alghero at 7:15pm.
On the final day the cars will leave the Alghero service park at 7:30 am and the drivers will be involved in several races in Cala Alumni and Argentina just before coming back to Alghero for the finish podium.
Final classification (after 19 races): Ott Tanak wins the Sardinia Rally 2017
1 – Tanak-Jarveoia (Ford Fiesta)
2 – Latvala-Anttila (Toyota Yaris) + 24.3
3 – Neuville-Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe) + 1:02.2
4 – Lappi-Ferm (Toyota Yaris) +2:10.8
5 – Hanninen-Lindstrom (Toyota Yaris) + 2:42.1
6 – Ogier-Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta) + 3:26.1
7 – Ostberg-Floene (Ford Fiesta Rs) + 6:31.8
8 – Mikkelsen-Jaeger Synnevaag (Citroen C3) + 8:07.8
9 – Kopecky-Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5) + 11:14.9
10 – Camilli-Veillas (Ford Fiesta R5) + 11:15.8
June 8 – Thierry Neuville on his Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC wins the first special stage held at the Ittiri Arena show. Second place for the Estonian Ott Tanak. Sixth place for the world champion Sébastien Ogier on Ford Fiesta WRC M-Sport.
World Champion Drivers
As befits its prestigious status, Rally Sardegna (official site: rallyitaliasardegna.com) will see some of the world’s top drivers compete against each other and the clock.
There is nothing like the WRC for sheer spectacle and driving skill, and the speeds achieved by the cars on the Sardinian roads and special stages will be amazing to behold.
With a changing landscape and wonderful views, this amazing island will be proud to host one of the most exciting motor-sport events of all, and many thousands of fans will flock to the roadsides to witness the action first hand.
The 2016 edition WRC program
Last year the rally began on day one with a special stage in the village of Olmedo (Olmedo – Monte Baranta), where the high powered race cars were involved into a specially constructed circuit for the shakedown.
For the final day, the showdown on Sunday, the route involves a loop from Alghero that heads inland on some quite stunning roads which take the cars into the hilly, before taking a route that heads north then back down the coast to the finish at Alghero.
2016 edition highlights
06/09/2016 – First shakedown of the season in Olmedo (Sassari) today 9 June and first race at the Arena Show located in Ittiri at 6:00 pm. Sébastien Ogier will attend as well after his rumoured absence.
06/10/2016 – Sébastien Ogier on Volkswagen Polo wins the WRC 2016 first stage held yesterday at the Ittiri Show Arena. Second place for Ott Tanak on Ford Fiesta and Jari-Matti Latvala.
Today the Belgian driver Thierry Neuville has strengthened its leadership in the Rally Italia Sardegna after four special stages in the afternoon. The Hyundai driver is leading the championship on Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Ogier.
WRC – Rally Italia Sardegna 2016: Highlights Stages 1-4
06/11/2016 – Kevin Abbring won the SS 10 Monti di Alà this morning. Third place for the leader Thierry Neuville. Sébastien Ogier closed on 8th place.
06/12/2016 – Thierry Neuville wins the Sardinia WRC 2016! Second place for Jari-Matti Latvala and third for Sebastien Ogier. That’s all for now, see you next year for the Sardinia Rally 2017 WRC.
The 2015 edition WRC program
The 2015 edition started with an amazing shakedown in the Cagliari harbour.
The second day saw the cars heading in the whole province of Sassari on a route that takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy.
After a cross-country run on some of the most challenging roads on the island, drivers skirted the north coast from Castelsardo to Alghero, giving spectators the chance to see them push their vehicles to the limit.
The third day, Saturday, was a popular choice for those wishing to experience the thrills of rallying, as the teams and drivers – including reigning champion Sebastian Ogier in the spectacular VW – head across the island from, Alghero to the tricky stage at Monte Lerno, then returned to Alghero for the night before heading out on the final day.
2015 edition highlights
12/06/2015 – Martin Prokop, on Ford Fiesta won the first special held in the Cagliari harbour. Prokop preceded the Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai) and Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen. The current world champion Sebastien Ogier (on VW Polo) finished in the seventh place.
13/06/2015 – Hayden Paddon is leading the championship after the nine specials of Friday – the sixth round of the WRC. WRC champion Sebastien Ogier is following on the second place.
14/06/2015 – Sebastien Ogier takes the lead in the WRC after the third day of the Rally Italia Sardegna 2015. Hayden Paddon on Hyundai is now on second place.
Final day: Sebastien Ogier on Volkswagen Polo is the winner for the third time in a row of the race on the roads of Sardinia Italy and consolidates its leadership in the overall standings with 66 points of advantage on Ostberg who has placed in fifth place.
With the promise of a combination of spectacle, sound and excitement, Rally Sardegna is a motor sport fans delight, and with easy access via the islands airports, great weather and fabulous food, there are plenty of reasons to make Sardinia the destination for the perfect summer holiday.