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40 Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés, 10-12 March, Spain

The event’s ERC return following a two-year absence is highly anticipated with the rally big on challenge and spectators.Because the stages frequently climb and descend, drivers pay close attention to corner speed and lines to ensure optimal momentum is maintained, while precise car set-up and pacenote accuracy are vital. One of the notable features of the stages is the abrasive surface, constructed partly from volcanic lava. It means grip levels are high and will remain constant if it rains, although tyre wear can increase. However, with the opportunity to take ‘cuts’ through corners limited, the roads remain relatively debris-free.
EVENT ESSENTIALS (all timings local and subject to change)
Starts: 20h00, Thursday 10 March, Plaza de Canarias, Las Palmas
Finishes: 16h16, Saturday 12 March, Plaza de Canarias, Las Palmas
Headquarters: Hotel AC Gran Canaria, Eduardo Benot 5, 35007, Las Palmas
Service park: Plaza de Canarias, Las Palmas
ERC appearances (since the restructuring in 2004): One (2013)
Stages: 13                                        
Stage distance: 215.2 kilometres (110.68 kilometres on leg one, 104.52 on leg two)
Liaison: 174.32 kilometres
Total: 278.84 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt
Media accreditation/media centre: Edificio Miller, Parque Santa Catalina
Opening times: 12h00-21h00, Tuesday 8 March; 09h00-21h00, Wednesday 9 March; 09h00-23h00 Thursday 10 March; 09h00-22h00 Friday 11 March; 08h00-21h00 Saturday 12 March
Thursday 10 March
Free Practice (for priority drivers): 09h00-11h00, Cenobio Valerón (3.57 kilometres)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 11h15-11h45, Cenobio Valerón (3.57 kilometres)
Shakedown (for non-priority drivers): 12h00-14h00, Cenobio Valerón (3.57 kilometres)
Driver/co-driver portraits: 12h00-13h00 and 18h30-19h30, Eurosport office, Hotel AC Gran Canaria
Start order selection: 17h00, podium zone, Parque Santa Catalina
Pre-rally press conference: 17h30, podium zone, Parque Santa Catalina
Driver autograph session: 17h30, podium zone, Parque Santa Catalina
Group photo with ERC registered drivers: 20h00, podium zone, Parque Santa Catalina
Ceremonial start: 20h30, podium zone, Parque Santa Catalina
Saturday 12 March
Prize-giving ceremony: 16h36, podium, Parque Santa Catalina
Post-event press conference: 17h30, podium, Parque Santa Catalina
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation: Immediately following the post-event press conference, Parque Santa Catalina
Television coverage: A preview show, daily highlights and the post-event Inside ERC magazine programme will be broadcast on Eurosport
ERC Rally Radio: Live throughout the event at or through the ERC app
Event media contact: Roberto Martí,, +34 607755541