RallyRACC-Rally de Espana
|RallyRACC - Rally de Espana|
|Servicepark:||COSTA DAURADA, SALOU|
- Costa Daurada holiday resort of Salou, south of Barcelona, is the host town.
- The year’s only mixed surface encounter features a much revised route in the hills of Tarragona.
- It opens on Thursday night with a street stage in the Montjuïc area of Barcelona, on roads that hosted the Spanish Grand Prix F1 race on four occasions.
- Friday’s opening leg is predominantly gravel, but with some asphalt in the long Terra Alta test.
- The second and third legs are entirely asphalt.
- Short spectator-friendly test runs along Salou seafront through the town centre.
- Only mixed surface round of the season.
- Two days of asphalt are blended with a day of primarily gravel stages, but which also contains asphalt sections.
- Teams must convert their cars from gravel to asphalt specification in a longer than usual evening service to accommodate the surface change.
- Drivers must quickly adapt their driving style to an overnight change in road surface.
- Fast, smooth sweeping asphalt is comparable to a race circuit in its characteristics.
- Both asphalt and gravel set-up required for the mixed surface roads.
- Different tyres are required for asphalt and gravel.
- Asphalt roads are abrasive and if temperatures are hot, drivers must manage tyre wear carefully.
- First run in 1957 and included in the European Championship from 1975.
- Entered the WRC in 1991 when it was based on the Costa Brava in Lloret de Mar.
- Relocated to Salou in 2002 and after being a pure asphalt event, it developed into a mixed surface event in 2010.
- Sébastien Loeb dominated the rally, winning every year between 2005 and 2012.
What’s new for 2015
- Seven new stages raises the total to 23.
- No mid-leg service in Friday’s opening leg.
- Duesaigues replaces Riudecanyes as Sunday’s live TV Power Stage
- Watch at the famous El Molar hairpin on Saturday. After a long straight, cars negotiate a tight hairpin right before accelerating away down another straight. Huge crowds and a great atmosphere.
- The service park is based at PortAventura theme park. Drop in for a ride on Europe’s tallest and fastest roller coasters.