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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.

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.
  • Abrasive surface places high demands on tyres, especially if hot weather sends the thermometer rising.

History

  • First held in 1967 and one of the founding events in the inaugural 1973 WRC.
  • Initially a mixed surface rally, it switched to a pure gravel format but lost its place in the calendar after bad weather ruined the 2001 event.
  • Organisers moved from the north to the Algarve holiday region in the south and it regained its place in 2007.
  • Named ‘Best Rally in the World’ on five occasions.

What’s new for 2015

  • Everything! These stages have not been used in the WRC since 2001. 
  • The classic Fafe stage – one of the all-time great WRC tests.

Don’t miss

  • It’s Fafe again! Head to the big jump and soak up the atmosphere alongside tens of thousands of fans.
  • Remember to take a look at Jari-Matti Latvala’s dramatic 2009 crash when he rolled a Ford Focus RS WRC 17 times down a hillside. See it again at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrRNxB3i9rg

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