Revised route and super special stage for 2008 Incas Rally
As part of a new plan to take the classic Incas Rally to new heights and turn it into a new attraction for international competitors, the event organisers are announcing a revised route and super special stage location for this year’s edition (11-21 September).
Based on the idea of going back to the traditional route from the 60s and 70s where most of the roads were made up of gravel, this year 68% of the route will be run on the loose with the main change taking place on the first leg of the event where competitors will cross the city of Cañete to get to Huancayo instead of doing the traditional climb through La Oroya, with the entire stage made up of gravel rather than asphalt.
Only the last and longest leg of the rally back to the city of Lima (656kms) will be run on asphalt with the first stage of the day now reduced so that competitors finish in Nazca rather than Ica like previous years.
President of the Peruvian Automobile Club, Eduardo Dibós Silva, is going through the entire route this week to make sure roads are in optimum conditions and to talk to city authorities in order to ensure a safe rally and provide a one of a kind experience to all competitors.
“We are very excited at the moment because so far the roads are in good conditions,” said Dibós. “Our idea of bringing a new vintage class into the event next year can easily be done now knowing the type of roads we are counting with.”
In addition, before competitors take the sinuous roads in the mountains of Peru, rally fans in the city of Lima will be delighted for the first time by a super special stage inside the Football National Stadium the evening of the 11th. Cars will run two at a time on a purposely-made road made up of a combination of tarmac and gravel.
“I think this super special stage is going to take our event to a completely new level. We count with all the support from the Peruvian Sport Institute (IPD), which is helping us meet our goal of bringing the maximum rally experience to the people in the city of Lima. It really promises to be a lot of fun and a great show for everybody including the drivers before they go into the real deal for 10 days straight,” added Dibós.
An official press conference is scheduled to take place at the Peruvian Automobile Club on July 24 to announce the final details of the route and super special stage. The time will be announced on a separate bulletin a few days prior to the event.
This year’s edition also welcomes the participation of 2004 British national rally champion Steve Perez, who will drive a Mitsubishi EVO IX sponsored by VK Vodka Kick, the same company that supports the Stobart Ford Team in the FIA World Rally Championship, and French rally driver Denis Olivet, who has previously competed in the French Rally Championship and several world rally events.
The Incas Rally is the only city-to-city rally left in the world and has five legs totalling 2,710kms from which 2,003 are special stages; it starts in Lima and goes through the historic cities of Huancayo, Ayacucho, Cuzco, and Arequipa, before returning to the capital on the 21st for the ceremonial finish.
More information about the revised route as well as maps and rally programme can be found on the official Inca’s Rally website incasrally.com