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Fri 10 May 2024

New agreement confirms Portugal’s continued WRC legacy

WRC Promoter and Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP) have sealed a new deal which guarantees Vodafone Rally de Portugal's position in the FIA World Rally Championship calendar until at least 2026*.

The agreement, announced today (Friday 10 May), follows an electrifying opening day of action at round five of the 2024 season that drew tens of thousands of spectators to the stages in and around the vibrant northern Portuguese cities of Matosinhos and Porto.


Vodafone Rally de Portugal stands as the pinnacle of sporting excellence in the country, generating in excess 60 million Euros for the nation's economy. With extensive free-to-air live coverage on Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP and every stage broadcast on long-standing WRC partner SportTV, the event captivates audiences nationwide.


Having been a cornerstone of the WRC since its inception in 1973, the rally holds esteemed status as one of the championship's enduring classics and is cherished by competitors and fans alike.


“It is a big pleasure for me to confirm 2025 and 2026,” asserted ACP President Carlos Barbosa. "We have an exceptional relationship with the promoter in terms of the event and the activations around it. Over the past 20 years Rally Portugal has asserted itself as one of the best rallies in the world."


“Vodafone Rally de Portugal has once again earned its position on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar. This is a deserved recognition and we hope it continues for many years to come,” added WRC Promoter Managing Director Jona Siebel.


*Subject to approval by the FIA World Motorsport Council