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Vodafone Rally de Portugal

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Vodafone Rally de Portugal
Start Date: 21.05.2015
End Date: 24.05.2015
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 16 (352,09km)
Distance: 1529,43
Servicepark: Matosinhos
Website: http://www.rallydeportugal.pt

Route

  • A new base at Matosinhos, north of Porto, as the rally returns to the north for the first time since 2001. 
  • A Thursday afternoon ceremonial start at Guimarães will be followed by an evening super special stage at Lousada rallycross circuit. 
  • The first full day heads north for stages around Ponte de Lima, near the Spanish border. 
  • Saturday’s route, the longest of the rally, journeys east for tests near Amarante. 
  • Sunday’s leg has just three stages, with the focus on the classic Fafe test.

Challenge

  • A new rally for all. Northern Portugal last saw WRC action in 2001, so none of the top drivers have experience of the stages there. With the exception of….. 
  • Fafe. For the last three years, the Fafe Rally Sprint was held on a 6km section of the classic stage the weekend before the WRC event, attracting crowds of almost 100,000 annually. 
  • All crews must prepare brand new pace notes. That will ensure an intense recce and plenty of late night work for co-drivers as they fine-tune the notes ahead of the start.

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14 Jan 2015

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