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.
- Both gravel and asphalt tests held 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.
- Saturday’s 50km Escaladei stage celebrates the rally’s 50th edition. It is the longest test in the event’s history and features some roads not used since 2002.
- 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 after the opening leg in a longer than usual evening service.
- 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.