World Rally Championship is a speed and resistance competition that usually lasts four days. Created in 1973, WRC is considered
one of the hardest motor sports championships.
Unlike other disciplines, it does not take place in a racetrack, but on the roads that surround the host city. Depending on the country, roads can be paved, dirt or even snow. The rally cars are manned by driver and co-driver.
Each of the thirteen rallies of the championship is divided in sections known as Special Stages, that run on roads closed to the traffic. Competitors start one by one every two minutes and try to complete the stage in the shortest time possible. From one stage to another, competitors drive on normal roads calledroad sections, using the traffic rules of the country.
The crew that completes all the stages in the shortest amount of time is the winner. It is not the one that comes first, but the one that has the shortest time overall.
Most of the rallies follow the same itinerary: two days for recess (reconnaissance of the stages) on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday morning, the Shakedown takes place; this the last chance to try the cars before the rally begins.
Race starts on Thursday night and finishes on Sunday.