A return to the Island – The Three Legs of Mann
With motor sport ingrained in its rocks and mountains, there’s no place quite like the Isle of Man, with its variety of roads: From open and sinewy to twisty and testing single track lanes, to fast tarmac stretches, the Island has it all. HERO will be using these roads, and adding some closed-road sections and the possibility of some forestry stages, on its Three Legs of Mann rally next year. Taking place over an intense day and a half, on March 15-16 2019, the rally will run on some of the legendary sections of road used in classic motor sport events throughout the year. Tests take place on either private land or on closed-road sections, giving drivers a chance to fully demonstrate their driving skills. The tight lanes in the lowlands that have a maze of junctions will make the regularities very interesting too, as will the Friday evening section in the dark.
Terre di Canossa
On 19-22 April the Terre di Canossa will begin its 600km journey through the art cities and sites of natural beauty in Tuscany, Liguria and Emilia. Brought to you by Scuderia Tricolore, of Cento Ore fame, the Canossa goes at a different pace and gives competitors more time to savour the lunches and dinners, the palaces and places of cultural and natural heritage that these regions have to offer. Salsomaggiore Terme, La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici and the Cinque Terre, Forte de Marmi, Lucca, Pisa and Reggio Emilia are all on the menu, with special tests and regularity sections including a visit to the Autodromo di Varano along the way. Though the cut off date for cars is 1976, the pace and the route are also suitable for pre-war cars.
The third revival edition of the Cap Corse rally was back for three days of racing on 9-11 March, offering more than 225kms in 11 special stages and a further 250kms of sinuous liaison sections. The Ronde de la Giraglia, which took place in the ‘70s in the wildest part of this rugged and unspoilt Island, was once a round of the European Rally Championship. Now, like then, it took four loops around the Cap Corse Peninsula, with the rhythm increasing with each loop.
Regularity Category winners, Philip Vlieghe and Filpp Deplancke tackle the ‘Mallorcan Pike’s Peak’
The 14th edition of the Mallorcan Classic rally was held on its usual mid-March date with the support of Puerto Portals, the most prestigious marina on the Island, which again hosted the rally service park on its quays, lined as ever with some of the most luxurious yachts in the Mediterranean, while long time event supporter and keen competitor Michael Stoschek continued his involvement through his Brose Motorsports concern. Stoschek, a former German National rally champion, has driven his remanufactured all carbon Lancia Stratos as a zero car for the past couple of years, but this year the lure of the chase proved too much for him and he returned to the competition section in a 1965 Porsche 911.