Twists and turns of Corsica up next for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

Twists and turns of Corsica up next for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

04.04.2017: WRC Tour de Corse April 6 to 9th, 2017 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team and its drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala

WRC Tour de Corse
April 6 to 9th, 2017







TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team and its drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen head to the island of Corsica for round four of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from April 6 to 9.



The classic Tour de Corse is France’s round of the WRC and the first pure asphalt event of the season, following the ice-coated roads of Monte-Carlo, snow of Sweden and gravel of Mexico.



Learning and developing the Yaris WRC remains the clear priority in the first season of Toyota’s WRC return, despite an extremely positive start with the team currently second in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ standings.



An event that returned to the calendar in 2015 after six years away, the Tour de Corse is famous for its narrow and twisty asphalt stages, which give it the nickname ‘The Rally of 10,000 Corners’.




With mountainous stages lined by rock faces on one side and steep drops on the other, as well as numerous surface changes, there is plenty to catch drivers out. Abrasive asphalt and long stages also mean that tyre wear is a factor.



The rally is based in Bastia but will begin in the island’s capital Ajaccio on Friday April 7, with the day’s action consisting of two loops of two stages, averaging 30 kilometres each, which are run twice.



There is no full midday service; instead just a change of tyres. Saturday contains two runs over two stages in the north near Bastia, totalling 131.96 kilometres.



The rally concludes on Sunday with a 10.42-kilometre Power Stage near Porto Vecchio following the longest stage of the event, the 53.78 kilometres from Antisanti to Poggio di Nazza.



Latvala won the Tour de Corse on its WRC return in 2015, having also won in France (but this time in Alsace) the previous season. Hänninen has one previous start in Corsica in 2008, winning the production class.



Prior to the start of the rally, each driver experienced two days of testing in Corsica itself,using roads that were very similar to those that will be seen on the rally.                         



Tour de Corse not part of WRC from 2009-14


2008 4 24
2007 4 -
2006 DNF -




 
2017 FIA World Rally Championship for drivers after round three:



1 Sebastien Ogier 66
2 Jari-Matti Latvala 58
3 Ott Tanak 48
4 Dani Sordo 30
5 Thierry Neuville 28
6 Kris Meeke 27
7 Craig Breen 20
8 Elfyn Evans 20
9 Hayden Paddon 17
10 Stephane Lefebvre 10
11 Juho Hänninen 9



2017 FIA World Rally Championship for manufacturers after round three:


1 M-Sport World Rally Team 103
2 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT 67
3 Hyundai Motorsport 65

 
          
          

Stephan Lesuisse- photos Toyota

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