• Thursday night’s ceremonial start in Coimbra is immediately followed by a 2.82km super special stage on the edge of the city, where the event overnights.
  • Friday heads east for three tightly clustered stages on famous roads around Arganil. Double passes of Lousã, Góis and Arganil are separated by a tyre fitting zone in Arganil itself. The leg heads back north to close with Mortágua and a spectacular side-by-side super special at Lousada rallycross circuit. It all adds up to 121.67km.
  • Saturday journeys to the Cabreira Mountains, north-east of Matosinhos. Double runs through Vieira do Minho, Cabeceiras de Basto and the more southerly 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 almost 165km of flat-out action.
  • The final day features five stages in the Fafe area. Felguieras and Montim are first up, but the spotlight is on the famous Fafe test and its enormous crowds. Montim is driven once, the other two twice to tally 48.87km of action.
  • The 21 tests comprise 338.34km in a route of 1522.89km.


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 few kilometres 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! 



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