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GP Week : Issue 11
SARDINIA provided teams with some unique challenges. Firstly, this was an event on which many top drivers could not remember competing in the rain. There were heavy rain storms in the days before the event, yet the forecast was for a dry event, which begged the question to what extent the conditions on the stages would have suffered from the softening effect of the rain. In fact, conditions turned out very unpredictable and inconsistent. Along with that came uncertainties how the Pirelli control tyres would withstand the conditions on an event that traditionally has been intensely abrasive, if it was dry. There was one further unknown – the total tyre allocation did not take into account the number of tyre-changing points en route, so that at one point in the rally, the teams would be forced into fitting used tyres instead of new tyres. Teams conserved their tyres by make few runs at Shakedown. In the end other interesting experiences were reported, principally on the occasions when there were punctures. Crews found they could drive considerably further on a flat tyre, before the tyre left the rim, than they ever could have done in the past. It all bodes well for the forthcoming rougher gravel events in Greece and Turkey … The challenge of Sardinia Pre-event rains gave the teams plenty to ponder during the Rally d’Italia ... WRC ITALIA >> 41