Every week, up to the Rally France-Alsace 2012, we will introduce each special stage, decrypted by the Rally’s General Manager, Dominique Serieys, and with the help of the organization stage managers. This week, Vignoble de Cleebourg’s special stage (SS17-20).
- Sunday, October 7th
- 17.5 kilometers
- 1st car due: 1st loop 09:23 – 2nd loop 12:44
- Number of Course’s Safety Marshalls: 51
- Number of Public’s Safety Marshalls: 151
A long stage run in the opposite direction to 2011. Start from Drachenbronn, on a wide quick road as far as Cleebourg, then a narrow and tricky section on a twisty road between the vineyards, which becomes quicker towards Steinseltz. A climb up to the plateau along a wide road overlooking Oberhoffen-lès-Wissembourg, and finishing with a narrow road with several intersections as far as Rott.
The opinion of Dominique Serieys, Rally France-Alsace’s General Manager:
- Description: « Last day. Even if it could look like a peaceful morning, it’s far from over. This special stage, longer than in 2011, was completely revised: it is now run in the opposite direction. There are different types of roads, sometimes wide, sometimes narrow with many direction changes, but always as fast as before. The shoulders are very often higher than the road and, if it rains, it’s the soil that will pour out on the tarmac. Slippery roads ahead! During the second loop, this special stage will be the Rally “Power Stage” awarding points to the drivers with the three best performances: 3 points, 2 points, and 1 extra point counting for the World Championship standings. Additional motivation for the drivers and a guaranteed show! »
- Public Areas (ZP): « The specificity of this special stage is its accessibility: with the numerous Public Areas, it is going to be tough to give you my preferences! Nevertheless, I have a partiality for the ZP21 & ZP22: they overlook the stage’s layout and, depending on the crops in the fields, you will have the possibility to see the competitors on the opposite hill. I don’t forget the ZP1 located at the start of the stage, nor the ZP5, ZP6, ZP7 which have a huge potential near Cleebourg. There are also the ZP11, ZP12, ZP13, ZP14 and ZP15 one after the other, as well as the ZP18 situated south from the layout. Finally, the ZP23 and ZP24 which beautifully overlook Oberhoffen-lès-Wissembourg; and the ZP25 (more than 800 meter long) which goes along the D3 before going down to Rott. »