Two Corsican rally greats, Jean-Pierre Manzagol and Ange-Marie Venturini are working on their plans for the recently-announced, Aléria Historic Rally, which will take place in on 9-12 June on the eastern coast and in the centre of the island (see our March issue). Venturini will be driving his ex- Andruet, Darniche, Thérier and Nicolas Alpine Berlinetta that he has owned since 1975 under the number 0, while Manzagol is preparing a Renault R5 Group 2 (also from the ‘70s), with which he intends to compete for the Terre-Asphalte trophy. “The idea of a historic rally here in Corsica combining the two playing fields is excellent.” said Manzagol of the mixed surface rally organised by Yves Loubet and Dume Savignoni. “A very good rally like this was lacking. Especially since on gravel, in Corsica, we didn’t have much until now. You had to dare to invent it,” he added. “Corsica is made for rallying,” commented Venturini. “On top of that, looking at the route, it’s clear that the Aléria Historic was mapped out by true rallymen.” Competitors can tackle either the Asphalt or gravel rally, or both. There is also a regularity class for the Asphalt rally. See aleriahistoricrally.fr for entries.
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