Rally de Portugal, which scores for the WRC programme is back in Porto on 22 May. The Super Special stage will take to the Forte de São João Baptista, in Foz do Douro and today, 10 May, marks the beginning of the preparation of this Super Special.
The race is organised by the Automóvel Clube de Portugal and it will be the fourth stage to score to the WRC- World Rally Championship, to be held between 20 and 23 May, as previously planned for 2020, before it was halted by the pandemic. The novelty is the holding of the Rally Super Special in the Foz do Douro in Porto, after previous editions in Porto downtown, in 2016 and in 2018.
The outlined rally circuit, in the city, is now more compact, just a little over one kilometre between departure and arrival, located at the Avenue Dom Carlos I, next to the Ourigo beach area. Each competitor will complete three laps of the circuit, which comprise spinning tops, one jump and two chicanes, in a total of 3, 3 timed kilometres.
In order to comply with all safety measures, there are some traffic adjustments that will enter into force as of today, which will be gradually extended in the coming two weeks. As such, parking in the Avenue D. Carlos I, both sides, in the stretch between the streets of Coronel Raúl Peres and the street of Dom Luís Filipe is not permitted, as well as in the Street Dom Luís Filipe and the Esplanada do Castelo, except in the northern part of the street.
These areas will be halted to traffic, between 9 pm today, 10 May, and 8 pm on 16 May, all across the Av. de D. Carlos I and the Street D. Luís Filipe; and the same traffic constraints apply as regards the Esplanada do Castelo, in the stretch between the street of the Passeio Alegre and the Av. de D. Carlos I. All restrictions will be in place, between 23 and 27 May, for dismantle of the rally structures.
The day of the race, on 22 May, all traffic is to be halted, between the Jardim do Calém and the Castelo do Queijo, in the areas comprising the Avenue Dom Carlos I, the Street of the Passeio Alegre, the Esplanada do Castelo, the Street Coronel Raúl Peres, the Street of Senhora da Luz; the Avenue Montevideu and the Avenue Brasil, and the stretch to the Street of Agra. Several areas in the Foz Velha area will also be halted to traffic.
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Sports Cars race
As in previous editions, the Porto Special Stage will include a Sports Cars race, on 22nd May, as a warm-up for the main event, which will gather all the main drivers of the WRC, alongside the best national drivers. Start time is set for 7.03 minutes pm. The event will be televised by RTP and streamed to over 160 countries.
The last Rally de Portugal generated a direct turnover of 141. 2 million euros in the Northern and Centre economies of the country. International and national media coverage resulted in an indirect turnover of 67. 7 million euros.
The event will be televised by RTP and streamed to over 160 countries.