From the longest stage Monte Lerno, to the shortest Ittiri, the itinerary goes through the north part of Sardinia in the provinces of Sassari and Olbia-Tempio.
Thanks to the commitment of ACI, the rally is going to be one of the first events featuring FIA Institute environmental certification.
Rome, 1 June 2016 – The Rally Italia Sardegna, sixth round of the World Rally Championship, changed its look for edition 2016 scheduled from 9 to 12 June, in the north side of the island in the provinces of Sassari and Olbia-Tempio. The race organized by ACI Sport in partnership with Regione Sardegna, will comprise 19 stages and 325 timed km. Programme and all information are available at 2016.rallyitaliasardegna.com.
Alghero is the center of the event that reached its 13th edition. Novelties are the new shakedown of 3,69km in Olmedo-Monte Baranta and the new stages of Tula and Sassari-Argentiera. The stages of Castelsardo and Tergu-Osilo will be back too. The opening power stage of 2km will take place at the Ittiri Arena Show on Thursday evening, which has been confirmed following the success of last year. Service park is located in Alghero, near the touristic harbour, the “ramblas” and Piazzale della Pace, while press room, race direction and headquarters of the event will be set up again in the prestigious location of Lu Qualté.
After the powerstage of Ittiri, scheduled for Thursday 9 June at local 18, the challenge will resume on Friday June 10th with eight stages (four to be repeated twice) in the zones of Logudoro and Anglona, for a total of 102,86 timed km. After the Ardara-Ozieri (km 7,50) and Tula (km 15), the latter completely new and quite tricky, drivers will have to go through the Castelsardo stage (km 14,02) and Tergu-Osilo (km 14,91) before hading back to Alghero for the mid-day service park. Crews will go through the morning stages in the afternoon going through Sassari city center for the time check in Piazza d’Italia at 18.15, before closing the day in Alghero at 19.
Saturday 11 June will be the longest and toughest day featuring six stages of a total of 177,70 timed km. This leg will be entirely located in the Monte Acuto region. It will start from the Monti di Alà (km 22,20), stage followed by Coiluna-Loelle (km 22,39) and by the classic stage Monte Lerno, that will be once again the longest of the event with its 44,26 km. After service park in Alghero, a second loop on the same stages will take place in the afternoon, before ending the day in Alghero at 20.40.
The final leg of the rally will take place on Sunday 12 June. It will feature 42,04 timed km split in four stages: two loops of the Cala Flumini (km 14,06) and two of the new stage Sassari-Argentiera (km 6,96), that this year is going to be the new final power stage covered live on TV live worldwide and in Italy on Mediaset Premium. The grand finale of the event will take place at 13.45 with the prize ceremony in Alghero’s harbour.
Edition 2016 of Rally Italia Sardegna has been presented today in a press conference held at ACI’s headquarters of via Marsala in Rome in the presence of Automobile Club d’Italia’s President, Angelo Sticchi Damiani. Also present, the course manager Tiziano Siviero, the two Aci Team Italia’s drivers Fabio Andolfi and Damiano De Tommaso and Pirelli’s Terenzio Testoni.
“Thanks to the commitment of ACI, Rally Italia Sardegna will be one of the first motor racing events with FIA Institute environmental certification. This highlights the continuous efforts put in by the national federation to improve the sustainability and safety of motorsport events”. This announcement comes from Automobile Club d’Italia’s President Angelo Sticchi Damiani, during the press conference held today. “The objective of Automobile Club d’Italia is to provide the best possible conditions for the social and economical development of motorsport, through a shared sustainable and wise strategy. In collaboration with the organizers and local authorities, ACI has started a process of environmental risk assessment defining the necessary actions to void the impact of this motoring event on a unique territory like Sardinia. Automobile Club d’Italia has also devised environment advices to welcome the more than 100.000 spectators awaited for Rally Italia Sardegna: a guide with the most convenient behaviours to preserve the environment of those magic places that will house the challenges among the protagonists of the World Rally Championship”.