After the gravel runs in Fafe and the Azores in March, the 46th Rally Islas Canarias is not only the first asphalt counter of the current season, but also the opening run of the newly structured FIA Junior ERC Championship for Rally4 and Rally5 vehicles on Pirelli tires.
After two years running in November due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event returns to its more familiar May slot, albeit a week later than normal on May 12-14.
While the date is more of a household name, organizers have made several changes to the route to ensure the challenge of competing in its classic island event isn’t diluted.
This challenge arises mainly from the terrain wWith the special stages that often go up and down. This requires drivers to pay close attention to corner speed and lines to ensure optimal momentum is maintained, while precise car set-up and pacenote accuracy are vital.
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But one of the notable features of the sealed steps is the abrasive surface, made in part of volcanic lava. Grip levels are high and remain constant in the rain, although tire wear can increase in dry conditions. However, because there is limited ability to “cut” through curves, the roads remain relatively debris-free.
After free practice, qualifying phase and shakedown on Thursday 12th May, instead of the traditional ceremonial start, the crews will face an early test as they tackle the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-DISA city stage which marks the opening phase of the Event forms 8:35 p.m. local time, which had previously taken place at the end of the first stage.
The action continues on Friday May 13 with two visits to Valsequillo (11.91 kilometers), Santa Lucía (14.82 kilometers) and Tejeda (20.78 kilometers) on either side of the Estadio Gran Canaria. On the first day, the teams face a total of 96.52 kilometers of competition.
The decisive stage on Saturday, which covers a competition distance of 97.52 kilometers, also includes three special stages before and after the midday service stop at the Estadio Gran Canaria.
The action begins with the 27.42km Moya-Valleseco, followed by runs through Arucas (9.3km) and San Mateo. The second run of the 12.04-kilometer San Mateo Test forms the Power Stage, an exciting new addition to the ERC for 2022.
The 46th Rally Islas Canarias comprises 13 stages with a timed distance of 194.04 kilometers.