An explosive mix.
In 2010, the Spanish brought an almost forgotten tradition back to the world championship stage. There had been so-called mixed-surface rallies with special stages on asphalt and gravel in Portugal and Italy in the 1970s and 1980s – after that, they were banned. Today, the Rallye de España is the only world championship rally to be held on a mixed surface. The first two days are held completely on asphalt; stage three takes place mostly on gravel and some asphalt.
Date: 23 till 26 October 2014
There’s a group of people who are often overlooked during a rally, and that’s the co-drivers. They are, of course, unjustly overlooked, because rallying is a team sport, and without a co-driver’s very quick instructions, it would be impossible for a driver to drive a WRC vehicle at high speed. After all, you’re sure to run into trouble if you’re driving at 160 km/h without any idea of whether you need to steer left or right after the next corner.
Ola Fløene about Rally Spain.
What’s different about Rally Spain?
Rally Spain is okay for us co-drivers. What’s special about Spain is that there are two days on asphalt, but the last day is on gravel! Asphalt roads are fast, but asphalt can have different grip and can change during the stage! The gravel is typical Spanish gravel – narrow, dusty roads where you’re a bit blind!
What do you have to pay particular attention to in Spain?
Tyre selection can be a factor in Spain, as the weather can change quickly in the evening and at night.
What has been your finest moment in Spain?
Most be in 2008 in a WRC car. We achieved some very good stage times on asphalt.
And what about your worst moment in Spain?
The 2013 junior WRC with Pontus Tidemand. We had a big crash during stage 5 and the car was badly damaged.