Monday | 07 Jul 2014

Spain marks half-century with historic test

A 50km special stage will celebrate the 50th edition of RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada Rally de España this year.

Sébastien Ogier won the 2013 event

The penultimate round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship will again be based in Salou, near Barcelona, on 24 - 26 October. Three days of action will comprise 15 stages over familiar territory in the Tarragona region.

The highlight will be Saturday’s 50km asphalt Escaladei test, the longest in the event’s history. The first half was used last year but the second section will include roads that have not featured since 2002. It will be run twice during the day.

As in recent years, the rally will use both gravel and asphalt roads. Friday’s opening leg contains two loose surface tests and a mixed surface stage, with each used twice.

Teams will then switch their cars to asphalt specification for two days of sealed-surface action. Saturday’s leg will conclude with the popular test on Salou seafront while Sunday features two stages run twice, ending with the live TV Power Stage over the Riudecanyes roads.

PortAventura theme park will again host the service park with the finish in Salou.

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