|RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España|
|Stages:||19 (321,08 km)|
- Costa Daurada holiday resort of Salou, south of Barcelona, is the host town.
- The WRC’s only mixed surface encounter covers familiar roads 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 action is predominantly gravel, but with asphalt sections in the long Terra Alta test. Four morning stages are repeated in the afternoon after tyre fitting in Ascó.
- The second and third legs are entirely asphalt. Saturday mixes roads not used since 2013 with tests driven in the opposite direction to 2015. A mid-leg service splits the day, which ends with the fan favourite test along Salou seafront.
- Two loops of two tests comprise the final leg, ending with the live TV Power Stage.
- 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.
- After the first full day teams convert their cars from gravel to asphalt specification in a longer than usual evening service to accommodate the surface change.
- 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 2016
- Sunday morning’s opening Pratdip stage will be driven in darkness by the early starters.
- Saturday’s Vilaplana and Alcover - Capafonts tests are new.
- Plan a trip to the PortAventura service park on the edge of Salou. Cars are serviced there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and when you have seen enough of that, a visit to the roller-coasters in the adjacent theme park will round off a perfect day.