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2006 Rally Italia Sardinia news 2005-12-13

2006 Rally Italia Sardinia Presentation Press Conference BOLOGNA (Italy) - The route of the third edition of Rally Italia Sardinia, has been presented on Sunday December 11th at the Bologna Motor Show during the Memorial Bettega ...

2006 Rally Italia Sardinia Presentation Press Conference

BOLOGNA (Italy) - The route of the third edition of Rally Italia Sardinia, has been presented on Sunday December 11th at the Bologna Motor Show during the Memorial Bettega Rally.

Angelo Sticchi Damiani President of the Organizer's Committee explained together with Antonio Turitto, General Manger of the event and Simo Lampinen, Director of the Race, the characteristics of the rally.

The seventh round of the 2006 World Rally Championship and fourth round of the 2006 Super 1600 World Rally Championship will take place from May 18th to May 21st and will have its base once again in Olbia. The start and the arrival will be at Porto Cervo. "Sardinia proved to be the right location for a World Rally event - said Angelo Sticchi Damiani - and both A.C.I. (Automobile Club Italy) and C.S.A.I. (Italian Car Sporting Commission) will give their support for the success of this next edition. I am particularly glad to have once again the Special Stage of "Mamone" inside the Mamone penal colony, an initiative that met with success last year".

The rally will be divided in three legs of three stages each to be repeated twice, with a total of 18 special stages. The new route, designed trying to optimize drivers' and team managers' suggestions, is very similar to the previous edition's course. It will be therefore a medium-fast race and once again very spectacular thanks to the "Monte Lerno" jumps and the return of the famous so called "Camel's Humps'".

The first two legs will be run on the Monte Acuto gravel roads, already used in the previous editions, while the final leg will take place in the Gallura territory. "When we chose the route - underlined Simo Lampinen - we kept in mind three major factors: safety, movement of media and spectators, quality and novelty of the special stages. The 25% of the route is new". Among the stages stands out the Monte Lermo stage, 31,50 km long, the classic stages of Terranova, Mamone, Filigosu, Loelle and San Giacomo and the new special stages of Siniscola, La Prugnola and a complete new version of the historic Campovoglio stage. A total of 1.133 kilometers 350 of which timed kilometers, half of them held on the roads of the regional parks. The Service Parks at Cala Saccaia are provided at the beginning, mid and finish of the first two legs, while also in this edition the third leg won't have a Service Park but only a Regrouping at Arzachena. "The Service Park - said Antonio Turitto - will have a surface of 80.000 square meters for the teams and 120.000 sqm for parking. As in the past it won't be an easy rally, and the winner would be a real professional".

A well balanced cocktail then. The race would be selective and technical as seen in the previous editions of Rally Italia Sardinia.

-ris-

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