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After the Rally Acropolis was removed from the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar, the Rally Italia Sardegna is now considered the hottest gravel event of the championship.

While the 28 °C temperatures with a mild breeze at the harbour of Alghero, the Rally Italia Sardegna's host town, are pleasing the tourists, for the crews who are competing in the rally, it means they have to face 19 special stages and 312 kilometres of tough, sun-kissed and rutted gravel roads. On Sardegna, Jan Kopecký and co-driver Pavel Dresler must contend with temperatures of 68 °C and higher inside their ŠKODA FABIA R5.

How to survive hot weather in a car

Team doctor, Jaromír Jiřík (63), has worked with ŠKODA Motorsport for more than ten years. He knows everything about the good physical preparation that is needed.


Jaromír Jiřík, Team Doctor, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Italia Sardegna 2017