march 30, 2018 - Toyota

Rally France (Tour de Corse): Preview Island asphalt challenge awaits TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

The twisting asphalt roads of Corsica lie ahead of the TOYOTA GAZOO #racing World #Rally Team on round four of the 2018 FIA World #Rally Championship season. The classic #TourdeCorse is the first pure asphalt event of the year, but drivers #jarimattilatvala, Ott Tänak and #esapekkalappi will take confidence from the performance of the Toyota Yaris #wrc on the partly ice-covered roads of Rallye Monte-Carlo, where the team celebrated a double podium finish.

Serving as France's round of the #wrc, the #TourdeCorse is famed for its narrow and winding mountainous stages, which are often lined by rock faces on one side and steep drops on the other. Abrasive asphalt and long stages also mean that tyre wear is a factor.

The #Rally is based at Bastia Airport on the eastern side of the island, where the action begins on Friday with two loops of two stages―one of which, La Porta-Valle di Rostino is 49.03 kilometres long. Saturday consists of two loops of three stages, focused on the northern coast and totalling 136.9 kilometres. On the final day, the action moves to the island's capital Ajaccio on the western side of the island: The mammoth 55.17-kilometre Vero-Sarrola-Carcopino test―the longest on the #Rally since 1986―is followed by 16.25-kilometre Pénitencier de Coti-Chiavari Power Stage.

Further information in the press release to download