WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal
One of the oldest and most popular rounds of the WRC. Fast and technical gravel roads inland from Porto in the north and centre of the country are soft and sandy initially but can become rocky and rutted for the second pass. Plenty of tricky corners hidden by crests while temperatures can soar in Portugal’s early summer.
|Date||11 - 14 May 2023|
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About the rally
A founding round of the WRC back in 1973, Rally de Portugal is ranked as one of the WRC's classic events with challenging gravel stages to the east and south of Porto.
Varying road surfaces and changeable weather add to the task facing crews. It’s also extremely popular among fans with enthusiastic spectators following the action in their tens of thousands.
Sandy roads ensure grip is at a premium for the early starters during the first pass through the stages and the surface can degrade to unearth sharp rocks and deep ruts for the second pass. This often requires teams to raise the ride height on their cars to avoid mechanical damage.
Over the years, the rally has received numerous awards, including ‘The Best Rally in the World’ (which it has won five times) and ‘The Most Improved Rally of the Year’ in 2000. Finland's Markku Alén and France's Sébastien Ogier top the roll of honour with five wins apiece.
Top 3 Highlights
- The legendary Fafe jump before the finish or the hillsides overlooking the sweeping bends that precede it are a magnet for fans. Unmissable.
- Thursday evening’s opening ceremony in Coimbra. An opportunity to see the drivers, grab an autograph and snatch a selfie before the action kicks off.
- Exploring Porto. A maze of beautiful streets converge on the mighty Douro river, crossed by the iconic metal arch bridge and lined by port houses.
Based at the Exponor exhibition centre in Matosinhos – the largest in Portugal. Plenty of room outdoors for the manufacturer teams, with smaller service bays accommodated inside.
- 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.
- Moved back to the north in 2015.
- Named ‘Best Rally in the World’ on five occasions.
Roll of Honour
1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1987
2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017
1979, 1983, 1984
1988, 1989, 1990
2003, 2004, 2006