Vodafone Rally de Portugal

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Vodafone Rally de Portugal
Start Date: 18.05.2017
End Date: 21.05.2017
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 19 (349,17 km)
Distance: 1528,81 km
Servicepark: MATOSINHOS
Website: https://www.rallydeportugal.pt

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.

Challenge

  • Sandy roads ensure grip is at a premium for the early starters during the first pass through the stages. 
  • Hard or soft? That’s the big tyre question for drivers searching for the best grip on the soft tracks, whilst also trying to manage the wear over a group of stages. 
  • Rocks and deep ruts present an altogether different hazard for the second pass, requiring teams to raise the ride height on their cars to avoid mechanical damage.

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.

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