Stages

  • Thursday night’s ceremonial start in Coimbra is followed by three tightly clustered stages on famous roads around Arganil on Friday. Double passes of Lousã, Góis and Arganil are separated by a tyre fitting zone in Arganil itself.
  • The leg ends with a return to Mortágua after a 20-year absence and a spectacular side-by-side super special at Lousada rallycross circuit. It all adds up to 122.88km
  • Saturday journeys to the Cabreira Mountains, north-east of Matosinhos. Double runs through Vieira do Minho, Cabeceiras de Basto and Amarante, the longest test of the weekend at almost 38km, are split by service.
  • A 3.30km coastal street test in Porto Foz closes the leg after more than 165km of flat-out action.
  • The final day features five stages, beginning with Felguieras and Montim. But the spotlight is on Fafe and its enormous crowds. Montim is driven once, the other two twice.
  • The 20 tests comprise 337.51km in a route of 1514.07km.

 

Iconic Stage

  • Fafe – a fabled test that first graced Portugal’s WRC encounter in the championship’s first season in 1973. It is only 11.18km long, but offers fantastic viewing and a crackling atmosphere. It is all about the final 2km where fans normally flock to two famous sections. They stand high on the hillside at Confurco to view the cars heading downhill into a square left corner, before a small section of asphalt leads into a hairpin back onto gravel. Then just before the finish is the stomach-churning Pedra Sentada jump. One of the WRC’s iconic locations and nowhere better to be on the final day! 

 

Service park

  • Based at the Exponor exhibition centre in Matosinhos – the largest in Portugal. Plenty of room outdoors for the manufacturer teams, with smaller set-ups accommodated inside.
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