As year the rally moves from the previous few years' Sidlaghatta's forest stages to the age old mining area near Kibbanahalli cross, the transport section is much bigger and makes most of the rally's cumulative distance. The weather is mostly dry and dusty, and temperature is expected to hover around 30+ °Celsius, but must confess to its spectacularly scenic countryside around the stages.
That being the difference of venue, coming to the rally cars in India which are finally evolving to the much modern day models like Volkswagen Polo, Mitsubishi Evo X in the top level competition makes the championship much more exciting.
Day one starts with a long liaison of 88.96 from the rally HQ to the service park. Rally starts on Saturday with the opening stage, at 10:13 hrs with the Alpha Stage [14.50 km], quickly followed with the Beta Stage [14.55 km] and later the India Mines Stage [7.32 km]. This completes the morning set of stages, and the much battered cars and crews head to the service are for the much needed pampering for the both.
Post a mid-day service, at the service park located near to the stages adjacent to NH-206, and the repetition of morning's loop of stages starts at 13:12 hrs, for the first car pass. Day's action with the total six special stages of the day and the return liaison to the Rally HQ will conclude the day's action.
The final day's action on Sunday, will start with the same long liaison and the remaining third loop of the stages, with service breaks before and after the specials. The final return liaison will end the rally back at the Rally HQ, with the announcement of results and Podium ceremony.
The entry list can be found here, and the itinerary in this link should help to understand the event. Watch out for more update, tomorrow.