Full House for the Tour de Corse

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Such is the fame of the Historic Tour de Corse, the organisers took just a few weeks to fill the entry list in the three eligible categories:  VHC (historic racing cars), VHRS (sporting regularity) and Legend (on show no timing), for the 2021 event.

More than 300 cars and their crews, a new entry record, will be at the start in Porto Vecchio, on 3 October, among them drivers and co-drivers from 12 countries, including Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

The field comprises numerous gentlemen drivers and major historic race regulars, but also professionals starting with the reigning winner, Alain Oreille and his wife Sylvie who triumphed last year in a Porsche 911.  The former double world rally champion in Group N (1989 and 1990), winner of the 1989 WRC Tour de Corse in his works Renault 5 GT Turbo and a regular in the historic event, will be out to add a second consecutive victory to his laurels.

Other notable entries have come from 1993 Dakar winner and winner of the 1986 WRC Tour de Corse, Bruno Saby, who will be at the wheel of a Ford Capri identical to the one in which he took part in the 1970 Tour de Corse with his father; and double French Rallycross champion, the talented Christophe Vaison will drive a BMW M3.  They will be up against plenty of local drivers, beginning with Christophe Casanova and Olivier Capanaccia, second and third in the 2020 event, in their BMW M3s and Marc Valliccioni, Thomas Argenti, Jean-Baptiste Botti and several other Corsican drivers determined to shine on their home turf.

A new 900km route will be covered in five days, comprising 18 special stages including some used by the WRC, in all 350km on closed roads and 550km of liaisons on the most beautiful roads the Ile de Beauté has to offer.

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