Sibiu Rally organisers are going all out to ensure the stages on Romania's upcoming round of the FIA European Rally Championship are in the best condition possible.
The Sibiu Rally, which takes place in Transylvania from 25-27 July, is ranked as a strong test of car and crew due to the challenging nature of the mainly gravel stages. While the stages remain part of the event's huge appeal to competitors and fans alike, officials are working hard to repair damaged roads in order to smooth rough sections and minimise car wear levels and damage.
Event spokesperson Berti Paniot said: “The work on the roads started this week and will go on for about one month. It is being done with the full support of the local municipality and without their help none of this would be possible. Our objective is to make the stages less rough in order to make them a pleasure to drive on and hopefully the best gravel stages in the ERC.”
Paniot confirmed the stage distance would be approximately 230 kilometres with two night stages, one on gravel and one on asphalt. Tarmac roads will account for 20 per cent of the total distance although the use of asphalt tyres will be outlawed. There will be 14 stages with eight repeated.
An all-new Tarmac stage will be added to the schedule for 2013 with the permanent service park located one again in Sibiu's main square. The popular superspecial close to the city centre will be repeated although the surface will be doused in water to prevent hanging dust clouds.