Rally Italia Sardegna will take place over two-days this year, it was announced this week.
Last year the event ran over four days with 16 stages in total and a competitive distance of 306.04 kilometres. However the bulk of the action was on Friday and Saturday, with just qualifying and SS1 and SS2, two runs through the 28.14 kilometre Terranova test, on the Thursday, and two final tests on the Sunday.
As such, a bit like with Rally Finland in recent years, the action will now all be condensed, with all the competitive stages running on Friday and Saturday. The only exception is qualifying, which will remain on the Thursday.
Despite these changes though, the competitive distance will remain virtually the same at 304.7 competitive kilometres and there will also again be 16 stages.
A statement from the organisers, in the Rally Italia Sardegna Rally 1 guide, reads:
“The route of 2013 Rally Italia Sardegna proposes a few innovations... There are two changes: the abridgment of the length, two days instead of four (Friday and Saturday, thanks to a more compact and highly spectacular route) and for the second time, after last year's success, Sassari, second biggest town in Sardinia as far as concerns inhabitants, will be involved.
“Main venue of the event [as in 2012] is going to be the town of Olbia hosting the Service Park, located at Terminal Crociere dell'Isola Bianca (the commercial harbour of the town), a vast tarmac surface of over 70.000 square metres, only five minutes away from Olbia – Costa Smeralda Airport.
“Arzachena will play an important role in the event hosting the re-grouping on Friday, while Porto Cervo will host the final arrival and the Prizegiving of 2013 Rally Italia Sardegna.
“The rally will start on Thursday morning with the Qualifying Stage, then at 12.30 in the Service Park will take place the ceremony of the starting position choice and in the late afternoon there will be the Ceremonial Start from the historic centre of Sassari.
“On Friday competitors will start Day 1 from Olbia Service Park, they will tackle a series of special stages and reach the Remote Service Zone in Sassari. After they will head towards Castelsardo, along the northern coast of Sardinia. [SS1 will start at 07.58 hours and SS8 at 21.28 hours].
“On Saturday the competition will go through the areas of Monte Acuto and Gallura. The event will close on Saturday evening in Porto Cervo di Arzachena. [SS9 will start at 08.06 hours and SS16 at 16.48 hours. SS13 will be the Power Stage].”
This year's Rally d'Italia Sardegna, round seven in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, will run from June 20-22.