The 2019 Tour de Corse ended in sunny Calvi on Sunday afternoon after three days of exciting action in bright weather that rapidly erased memories of the snow that had been spotted on parts of the route earlier in the week during recce.
Although the tyre allocation for the WRC’s first ‘clear’ asphalt round of the year provided a choice between soft- and hard-compound tyres, the WRC drivers ran the hard Pilot Sport H5 from start to finish. Their WRC2 colleagues chose the similarly-hard MICHELIN Pilot Sport RH3 practically exclusively, too, but some of the class’s Michelin runners opted to carry one or two softer MICHELIN Pilot Sport RSs as possible alternatives on Friday.
This year’s Tour de Corse featured a new-look itinerary, with only two stages carried over from 2018. The service park was based next to Bastia Airport again, but competitive action also took crews into the mountains near Porto Vecchio to the south, as well as to the western coast near Calvi where the rally concluded on Sunday afternoon. The total distance of 1,194.06 kilometres included 347.51km divided into 14 stages, the longest of which was Castagniccia (47.18km). This marathon test was visited twice on Saturday and was always going to be one of the week’s toughest challenges for tyres, but the MICHELIN Pilot Sport rose to the occasion impeccably to deliver a winning combination of high performance and longevity.