RallyRACC-Rally de Espana


RallyRACC - Rally de Espana
Start Date: 22.10.2015
End Date: 25.10.2015
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3


  • 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.

Car spec

  • 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

Don’t miss

  • 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.


14 Jan 2015


Tags: Spain

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