Proof, if proof be needed, of the fame and popularity of the Tour de Corse Historique in France and internationally, came when it took only a few weeks for the organisers to reach a maximum number of entries in three categories: VHC (Historic Competition Vehicles), VHRS (Historic Sporting Regularity) and Legend (exhibition without timing). Thus, 380 cars and their crews (out of 530 applications), a record number, will be at the start in Porto-Vecchio for the 22nd edition of the Tour de Corse Historique on 2-8 October. Among them, drivers and co-drivers of 21 nationalities. Many are gentlemen drivers and regular historic racers, but there are also a number of former professional pilots.
Starting with Alain Oreille, co-driven by his wife Sylvie, Tour de Corse WRC winner in 1989 at the wheel of his official Renault 5 GT Turbo and winner of the historic event in 2020 in a Porsche 911, who will be up against such famous names as Bruno Saby, Philippe Gache, rallycross and ice driving champion Christophe Vaison, European Rally Champion Robert Consani and young Tom Pieri (23 years old), third in the French Junior Rally Championship in 2020, currently second in the Clio Trophy France, who will line up at the controls of a BMW M3. Local pilots will also be numerous, with the reigning winners, Anthony Agostini and Christophe Casanova, Marc Valliccioni, Olivier Capanaccia, and Jean-Baptiste Botti, all wanting to shine on their home territory.
Whatever the category in which they are registered, all the crews will be keen to go to the end of an unprecedented 900km course, with 350kms of closed roads stages, with Pioggiola and Solenzara as new cluster cities. That’s five days of rallying on the most beautiful roads of the Isle of Beauty, with a total of 19 special stages, some of which were used by the WRC round.
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