The World Rally Championship (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC) arrives at the 7th event of 2017 in Sardinia, on a total distance of 1,495.36km, including 19 stages totalling 321.46km.
The longest and potentially hardest leg for the crews and their cars comes on Saturday, with six stages totalling 143.16km in the Monte Acuto region. The Italian event then concludes on Sunday with two visits to two coastal tests north of Alghero for a competitive distance of 42.04km.
To cope with Rally Italia Sardegna’s specific challenges, Michelin’s WRC partners will be able to choose between the MICHELIN LTX Force H4 (hard compound) and S5 (soft), while the options for their WRC2 counterparts are the MICHELIN Latitude Cross H90 and S80.
The analysis of…
Jacques Morelli, manager of Michelin’s WRC programme
“Since the WRC stopped going to Greece, Rally Italia Sardegna is the only event that takes place on such hard ground. Tergu-Osilo [SS5] may be only 14.14km long, but it is one of the hardest-wearing stages of the entire championship and forms part of a four-stage loop that totals 64km! Although rougher, the other tests tend to be tougher on the cars than on the tyres, especially on Saturday. This is an event that always springs a few surprises. In 2012, Sébastien Ogier was fastest on Tergu-Osilo in a Michelin-equipped Skoda Fabia because the WRC2 cars aren’t as powerful and tend to take less out of their tyres. I think it’s fair to say that Sardinia is the hardest round of the calendar for the crews and their cars, but recent testing indicates that our tyres will stand up to the ordeal”.