The Rally Elba Storico will be the host event for Round 8 of the 2019 European Historic Sporting Rally Championship on the 19-21 September and the second of two Italian rounds on the calendar.
European Historic Rally Championship
The 31stRally Elba Storico takes place on the island of Elba, the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago, with rally based in town of Capoliveri.
On Thursday 19 September the competitors will tackle two special stages at night, covering a total of 20.99 km. The first stage is at Nisporto-Cavo (13.75km) with the first car due at 19h59 and this is followed by Capolivieri Innamorata (7.24km) at 21h47 before regrouping for the overnight stop.
On Friday 20 September there are four stages starting with Due Mari (22.48km) at 10h25, followed by Monumento (12.37km) at 11h38, San Piero (13.74km) at 13h38 and Due Coli (11.43km) at 14h36. This marks the end of the first leg of the rally.
The second leg on Saturday 21 September will feature a further four special stages starting with Volterraio Cavo – Barontini Petroli (27.07km) at 08h53, Perone (9.72km) at 11h06, Volterraio (5.68km) at 13h19 and the rally concludes with Nisporto-Cavo (13.75km) at 13h48.
The ceremonial finish will take place in Piazza Matteotti in Capolivieri from 15h25.
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Facts and Figures
Number of special stages: 10
Number of legs: 2
Total distance of the course including the special stages: 451.42 km
Total distance of the special stages: 137.23 km
19/20 September – Distance of Special Stages: 81.01 km
21 September – Distance of Special Stages: 56.22 km
Interval between cars: 1 minute
Rally HQ / Press Room: Capoliveri, c/o Hotel Elba International
Finish Podium: Capoliveri, Piazza Matteotti
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About Elba and Capolivieri
Elba is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the coastal town of Pionbino, and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the French island of Corsica.
The island is part of the province of Livorno and is divided into seven municipalities, of which Capoliveri is one, with a total population of about 30,000 inhabitants which increases considerably during the summer.
Elba was well known in ancient times for its iron resources and valued mines. Appollonius of Rhodes mentions the island in his epic poem Argonautica, describing that the Argonauts rested there during their travels. The island was invaded by the Etruscans and later the Romans. During the middle ages it became the possession of several city republics including Pisa and Genova. In the 18thcentury the British landed troops in the island to protect French royalists and was transferred to France in the Peace of Amiens in 1802. In 1814, Emperor Napoleon was exiled to Elba but escaped ten months later in 1815. After being restored to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Elba became part of the new unified Kingdom of Italy in 1860.
Elba has more recently become famed for its wine and as a tourist destination.
Capoliveri is a comune on the island and has a population of just over 4000 people.
Capoliveri is a medieval town standing on the top of a hill overlooking the sea, with a fine view of most of the island's southern coast, is one of Elba's most popular, best-known holiday destinations. The town, with its square and Via Roma in its centre, consists of a network of narrow streets and flights of steps, often passing underneath archways and lined with flower-laden balconies.
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