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The FIA World Rally Championship makes a later-than-frequent meander to to Sardinia for the sixth spherical of the 2020 season, Rally Italia Sardegna, on October 8-11.

The FIA World Rally Championship makes a later-than-frequent meander to to Sardinia for the sixth spherical of the 2020 season, Rally Italia Sardegna, on October 8-11.

The Mediterranean island has hosted Italy’s spherical of the FIA WRC since 2004, featuring speedily but slim stages lined with rocks and bushes. Continuously here’s mixed with the extraordinary heat of June, however the event will be held at an autumn date for the essential time since 2012 following its postponement due to the the COVID-19 pandemic. A much bigger probability of rain may maybe perhaps additionally due to the this fact be added to the mix this time spherical.

No topic the weather, the fight for the championship’s title guarantees to be sizzling because the conclusion of the season approaches. Alongside with his victory in Turkey, Elfyn Evans sits at the discontinuance of the drivers’ standings with an 18-point attend over his Toyota team-mate Sébastien Ogier – a 3-time winner in Sardinia. Nine parts further again is reigning champion Ott Tänak of Hyundai, stage on parts with Toyota’s rookie driver Kalle Rovanperä, who currently eminent his 20th birthday. Thierry Neuville, Sardinia winner in 2016 and 2018 with Hyundai, is taking a watch to shut a 32-point deficit to the chief.

Dani Sordo, who claimed the 2nd decide of his WRC profession on the very closing stage in Sardinia in 2019, completes the Hyundai Motorsport line-up for this event. M-Sport once extra fields three Ford Fiestas with Esapekka Lappi, Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith. Frenchman Pierre-Louis Loubet continues his campaign in a Hyundai entered by 2C Opponents, with Takamoto Katsuta again in action in a fourth Toyota Yaris.

Petter Solberg, the 2003 FIA WRC World Champion, additionally aspects on the entry list with Andreas Mikkelsen as his co-driver. The Norwegian pair will address the event Shakedown and rally-ending Energy Stage in a Citroën C3 fitted with the contemporary Pirelli tyres developed for the 2021 season.

Pontus Tidemand leads the FIA WRC2 field to Sardinia in his Toksport-entered Škoda Rally2, with opponents from team-mate Eyvind Brynildsen, PH Sport Citroën driver Mads Østberg, M-Sport’s Adrien Fourmaux and the Hyundai pairing of Nikolay Gryazin and Ole Christian Veiby.

A 16-automobile FIA WRC3 field aspects the discontinuance seven in the championship, led by Marco Bulacia. The contingent comprises Finland’s Jari Huttunen, Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowiscz and Sweden’s Oliver Solberg, who’re expected to venture at the entrance, as well to native favourites Umberto Scandola and “Pedro”.

The Junior WRC returns to action for its third spherical of the One year with Latvian driver Mārtiņš Sesks at the head of the standings, followed by the Scandinavians Sami Pajari and Tom Kristensson, 2nd and third in the category standings respectively.

THE 2020 ROUTE

Following Shakedown on Thursday, Rally Italia Sardegna begins on Friday with a elephantine day of action. Two runs over the Tempio Pausania and Erula-Tula stages are followed by provider in Alghero and then a pair of stages to attain the day: Sedini – Castelsardo and Tergu-Osilo.

Saturday runs to a an identical structure, with the Monte Lerno and Coiluna-Loelle exams every flee twice before provider precedes a return to Sedini-Castelsardo and Tergu-Osilo. The Sunday is the similar as in 2019 with the Cala Flumini and Sassari – Argentiera exams each and every flee twice, the latter serving because the rally-ending Energy Stage.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Media accreditation and attendance is precisely managed with modified phrases beneath COVID-19 rules. Media packages needs to be soundless personally by authorized Whisk Holders at the Accreditation Desk positioned at Lu Qualté (Largo Lo Quarter), Alghero.

The outlet hours are:

Tuesday, October 6:      14: 00 – 18: 00

Wednesday, October 7: 08: 00 – 20: 00

Thursday, October 8:     08: 00 – 18: 00

Friday, October 9:          06: 30 – 14: 00

2020 WRC RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday, October 7

Vital media security briefing via video convention (dinky print TBC)                                                                                                                                             17: 00 hrs

Thursday, October 8

Vital Shakedown for P1 and invited drivers, Olmedo                                     12: 00 – 13: 30 hrs

Shakedown for P1, P2, P3 and P4 drivers, Olmedo                                                    13: 30 – 15: 30

Shakedown for all drivers, Olmedo                                                                               15: 30 – 17: 30 hrs

FIA Press Conference, via video convention (dinky print TBC)                                                                                                                                                                 16: 00 hrs

– FIA Junior WRC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16: 00 hrs

– FIA WRC2 and FIA WRC3                                                                                                                                                                                                                       16: 10 hrs

– FIA WRC and invited drivers                                                                                                                                                                                                                  16: 20 hrs

Friday, October 9

Initiate of Part 1, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                                                                                  05: 45 hrs

First automobile arrives for regroup, media zone & provider, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                       13: 43 hrs

First automobile arrives for regroup, media zone & flexi provider, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                               18: 20 hrs

Saturday, October 10

Initiate of Part 4, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                                                                                  05: 45 hrs

First automobile arrives for regroup, media zone & provider, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                       13: 47 hrs

First automobile arrives for regroup, media zone & flexi provider, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                               18: 17 hrs

Sunday, October 11

Initiate of Part 7, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                                                                                  07: 15 hrs

First automobile arrives for regroup, media zone & provider, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                       13: 25 hrs

Rally Blueprint, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                                                                                            13: 35 hrs

Podium Ceremony & Put Giving, Alghero SP                                                                                                                                                                                     15: 00 hrs

FIA Press Conference, via video convention (dinky print TBC)                                                                                                                                                                 16: 00 hrs

FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

Thursday, October 8                    FIA Junior WRC

                                                         Ruairi Bell (GBR)

Marco Pollara (ITA)

                                                         FIA WRC3

                                                        Marco Bulacia (BOL)

Umberto Scandolla (ITA)

                                                        FIA WRC2

                                                        Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport WRT

Ole Christian Veiby (NOR), Hyundai Motorsport N

                                                        FIA WRC

                                                        Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing

Dani Sordo (ESP), Hyundai Shell Mobis

Esapekka Lappi (FIN), M-Sport Ford

Company: Petter Solberg (NOR) and Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Sainteloc Junior Team

Sunday, October 11                     Faithful FIA Junior WRC Championship driver

                                                         Faithful FIA WRC2 Championship driver

                                                         Faithful FIA WRC3 Championship driver

                                                         Top three drivers in the general classification

                                                         Advisor of the winning producer

MANUFACTURER WRC ENTRIES, 2020 WRC RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT          Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (#33)

                                                         Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#17)

                                                         Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen (#69)

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT           Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#8)

                                                         Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#11)

                                                         Dani Sordo / Carlos Del Barrio (#18)                                             

M-Sport Ford WRT                       Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#4)

                                                         Teemu Suninen / Jarmo Lehtinen (#3)

                                                         Gus Greensmith / Elliott Edmonson (#44)

2020 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classifications for the total WRC Championships is straight away available on the following hyperlink:

https://www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2020/standings


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