Rally Italy takes place on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The rocky Sardinian stages are so often set in picture-perfect landscapes. Coupled with the Mediterranean coastline the rally is easy on the eye.
Italy’s World Rally Championship round goes way back to the seventies but much of that history resides on the mainland courtesy of Rallye Sanremo. Sebastien Loeb was Sanremo’s last WRC winner in 2003 before the event moved to Sardinia.
For 2021, Rally Italy is based in Olbia, on the island’s northeast coast, with a ceremonial start in former host city Alghero. The stages on Friday and Saturday will remain similar to previous years including the famous Monte Lerno test.
Sunday’s Arzachena-Braniatogghiu and Aglientu-Rena Majore stages are new. The former was used back in 2005 while Aglientu-Rena Majore has never been used in the WRC before.
Sebastien Loeb has claimed the most WRC victories in Sardinia with four wins between 2005 and 2011. Dani Sordo is the man currently on form in the island event, however. The Spanaird has picked up the previous two rally wins in Sardinia for Hyundai.
2021’s Rally Italy is set to take place on 3-6 June with 20 stages deciding the latest Sardinia superstar.