RallyRACC-Rally de Espana
|RallyRACC-Rally de Espana|
- Costa Daurada holiday resort of Salou, south of Barcelona, is the host town.
- Spectacular start ceremony in front of Barcelona Cathedral.
- Both gravel and asphalt tests held in the hills of Tarragona.
- Short spectator-friendly test runs along Salou seafront through the town centre.
- 2014 route details to be confirmed.
- Only mixed surface round of the season.
- Two days of asphalt are blended with a day of primarily gravel stages, but which also contain asphalt sections.
- Fast, smooth sweeping asphalt is comparable to a race circuit in its characteristics.
- Drivers must quickly adapt their driving style to an overnight change in road surface.
- Teams must convert their cars from asphalt specification to gravel specification (or vice-versa) in a longer than usual evening service.
- Both asphalt and gravel set-up required for the mixed surfaces.
- 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 2014
- 2014 event details to be confirmed.
- Watch at the famous El Molar hairpin in the El Priorat test. 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.