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RallyRACC-Rally de Espana

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RallyRACC-Rally de Espana
Start Date: 24.10.2014
End Date: 26.10.2014
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: TBC
Website: www.rallyracc.com

Route

  • 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.

Challenge

  • 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.

Car spec

  • 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.

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

  • 2014 event details to be confirmed.

Don’t miss

  • 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.

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01 Jan 2014

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