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The World Rally Championship heads to Sardinia for Rally Italia with the 2018 season really starting to heat up. Thierry Neuville took the championship lead with victory in Portugal, but is sure to be feeling the heat from Sebastien Ogier and the other leading contenders on what is traditionally one of the warmest rallies of the season.
Rally Italia Sardegna: Where the action is as hot as the weather
* The WRC has been visiting Sardinia since 2004, when the Italian round of the series was moved from the asphalt of Sanremo to the Mediterranean island’s gravel roads.
* Sardinia’s stages are quick, but with a catch: The roads are narrow and lined with bushes, trees and rocks, meaning there is little margin for error. The stages have a hard base covered with sand, which is swept away during the first pass to leave rougher and rutted conditions for the second run.
* Temperatures can approach 30°C, which make it uncomfortable for the crews and their machinery, with more stress than normal on the engines and transmissions.
* The rally is based in Alghero in the north west of the island, and gets underway at a nearby motocross circuit on Thursday evening. Friday consists of two loops of four stages to the north east of there, before three stages in the Monte Acuto region on Saturday that are all run twice. The rally ends on Sunday with two stages on the coast north of Alghero.
Keep cool and catch all the action on Red Bull TV
Red Bull TV will again have extended coverage throughout the weekend, available for free on the app and at redbull.tv/wrc. This includes not only the nightly highlight shows from Friday to Sunday, but also live coverage of SS14 on Saturday from 15:45 local time. This means you can stay cool at home or enjoy the rally at the beach – just bring your phone or tablet along with your picnic!
Mike Chen and his regular sidekick Matthew Wilson will be there to guide you through it. In the meantime, why not check out the first episode of Mike Meets, where Mr Chen chats with M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans at home in Wales about his rise to the top of the sport – the latest highlight of which was his strong second place finish in Portugal.
RED BULL TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Highlights show (30min.) – Friday 8 June – 22:00 local time (CEST)
Live Coverage SS14 (85min.) – Saturday 9 June – 15:45 local time (CEST)
Highlights show (30min.) – Saturday 9 June – 22:00 local time (CEST)
Highlights show (85min) – Sunday 10 June – 22:00 local time (CEST)
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