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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Curtain-raising street stage in Barcelona on Thursday evening.
- 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.
- 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.
RallyRACC-Rally de Espana 2014