The 18th Tour de Corse Historique :
Here’s some information to keep you up to speed with the 2019 edition, that will start this Monday 7 October with administrative checks and scrutineering in Porto-Vecchio
The Tour de Corse Historique is one of the major international rallies of the year. Crews coming from all over Europe and other continents bring an international dimension to the event whose route is reinvented each year by a small group of enthusiasts. These six days shared between competitors, spectators and the inhabitants of the communes crossed is the consecration of a full year’s work.
As for previous editions, there is once again an exceptional entry of nearly 200 crews, split into 3 categories: VHC, VHRS, and new for this year, the LEGENDE category, all brought together in the parc ferme set up on the esplanade in Porto Vecchio on the sea front.
This 19th edition of the Tour de Corse Historique brings together an exceptional selection of different models including: Triumph TR3A, Ford Cortina Lotus, Lancia Stratos, Morgan Plus 4 SS, Renault Dauphine 1093, MG MGB, Porsche Pre A 356, Matra-Bonnet Djet VS, Porsche 911, 914 and 924, Ford Escort, Alpine A110 and A310, Opel Kadett and Ascona, Renault 5 Alpine and Turbo, Alfa Romeo GTA and Lotus Elan 26R.
A special ‘Small Capacity’ challenge for the 19th edition
The Tour de Corse Historique wanted to reward the performance of drivers of ‘little rocket ships’. And the crews have answered the call! Saab 96, Mini Cooper, Autobianchi A112, Renault Dauphine, Renault 8 Gordini, Renault 5 Alpine, Lancia Fulvia, Peugeot 205, MG MGA will all be on the start line on 7 October.
A well-known visitor and a closely fought competition
For the pleasure of both the organisers and competitors, Jacques Lafitte, multi- Formula 1 Grand Prix winner, will be at the finish of the 3rd stage, Saint Florent – Calvi to welcome them.
A race that looks like being fiercely fought over. For this 19th edition the competition looks like being more equally balanced than ever. The front-runners in the French VHC championship have all entered, and the best Corsican drivers are ready for the battle – the Tour is after all their home event. It will be difficult for the experts to anticipate the final result!
The programme for the 19th edition of the Tour de Corse Historique:
With this new route, the Tour takes the participants from sea-level to the mountains via passes often above 1200 m and across scenery that has made Corsica world famous.
Throughout the week there will be one hundred and thirty towns and villages that will vibrate to the rhythm of the rally. This affluence engendered by the Tour de Corse will once again bring to the fore the cultural and natural splendour of Corsica that attracts so many tourists to the island. The discovery of the old town of Saint-Florent and its citadel will be one of the new attractions of this edition.
· Monday 07 and Tuesday 08 October: scrutineering and administrative checks in Porto-Vecchio, shakedown from 10.00 to 17.00
· Tuesday 08 October: Porto-Vecchio / Porto-Vecchio – Start Ceremony (14.15)
· Wednesday 09 October: Porto-Vecchio / Saint Florent – 1st stage
· Thursday 10 October: Saint Florent / Calvi – 2nd stage
· Friday 11 October: Calvi / Ajaccio – 3rd stage
· Saturday 12 October: Ajaccio / Porto-Vecchio – Finish and prize-giving
A quick semantic reminder:
Véhicule Historique de Compétition (VHC). Classification as a function of times achieved in the specials.
• Historic competition vehicles from 1947 to 1985 holding a PTH (Historic Technical Passport)
• Competition classic group vehicles from 1977 to 1981 holding a three-page passport
• Competition vehicles from the J2 period (1986 to 1990) holding a PTH
Véhicule Historique de Régularité Sportive (VHRS). The goal is to follow as closely as possible the chosen speed between three averages: high, intermediate and low.
• Vehicles from 1947 to 1990
Légende. Classification created to allow gentlemen drivers wishing to take part in our event and enjoy the atmosphere and the itinerary of a major historic rally without being timed.
• Vehicles from 1947
Stats for Le Tour de Corse Historique:
– 902 km to be covered
– 554 km of liaison
– 348 km of special
– 16 specials / 5 stages
– approx. 200 cars