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RallyRACC-Rally de Espana

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RallyRACC-Rally de Espana
Start Date: 23.10.2014
End Date: 26.10.2014
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 15 (372,00km)
Servicepark: Costa Daurada, Salou
Website: www.rallyracc.com

Route

  • Costa Daurada holiday resort of Salou, south of Barcelona, is the host town.
  • Both gravel and asphalt tests held in the hills of Tarragona.
  • 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.

Challenge

  • 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.

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Car spec

  • 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.

History

  • 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

  • The gravel roads are in the opening leg rather than the final day as in 2013. 
  • Historic rally cars will be displayed in the centre of Salou on Friday before being driven through all Saturday and Sunday’s stages between the two passes of the competitors.

Don’t miss

  • Watch at the famous El Molar hairpin in the Escaladei anniversary 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.

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01 Jan 2014

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