Rally Portugal

29th March 2012 - 1st April 2012

Rally Portugal
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Three night stages are among the main changes to the route of Vodafone Rally de Portugal, which maintains its hub in the Algarve region of the country.

Following the superspecial stage around the Praca do Imperia in the capital Lisbon on the afternoon of Thursday 29 March, crews will now tackle three tests - all run at night and in quick succession - during the 300-kilometre journey back to the event’s base at Faro’s Algarve stadium, a venue for the Euro 2004 football tournament.

The night stages have an average distance of 12 kilometres, which has resulted in the rally’s overall competitive route rising from 385.31 kilometres in 2011 to 434.77 kilometres for 2012.

After a slightly delayed start owing to the late finish on Thursday, competitors will head to the Tavira municipality for the first time since 2007 for three repeated stages on Friday.

Saturday’s format is unchanged from 2011 with the same three stages run twice, although the Power Stage on Sunday has been trimmed significantly in length to increase the spectacle for fans watching the live television coverage.

Drivers will fight for the right to select their road position for the opening day of the event by tackling the 4.96-kilometre Vale do Judeu qualifying stage on the morning of Wednesday 28 March.

Running order on gravel rallies is crucial and with three stages on day one run at night - where hanging dust clouds caused by less wind can create a major obstacle - drivers are expected to push flat out in an effort to secure a favourable starting slot.

Portugal’s stages, which include a mixture of open roads and technical and narrow sections, are characterised by their abrasive surface. This puts the onus on tyre wear although the late March date means this might not be as apparent as in 2010 when tyre wear rates were reported as being 40 per cent higher than on other gravel rallies.

Vodafone Rally de Portugal will once again form the opening round of the six-event FIA WRC Academy Cup.

Event Updates

  • Craig NOT at FAULT !

    Contrary to Organisers Statement on WRC.com it was NOT Craig Breen that caused blockage on road section. They unfortunately retired in SS6
  • All over

    SWRC Portugal is over for Craig. It all ended on SS 5 when the engine in his Fiesta S2000 died after taking water in the horrendous conditions.
  • Day 2 Now Live!

    SS5 Tavira 1 (25.01km) tough start to the day and the first split times coming in from the WRC cars,
  • News from SS5

    The Rally Guru within the hour: Now at the end of SS5, thick fog, maybe 50 meters of visibility at best. Plenty of rain coming down as well. Going to be interesting.
  • Quote from The Rally Guru

    From Julian Porter on Twitter: Heavy overnight rain will make today interesting. Will the new for 2012 emergency soft tyres make an appearance today? A friend of mine has driven a lot of stage 5 this morning and the report is, no mud or standing water, lot of bed rock but good grip.
  • Day-2 Start List etc

    Day Two Start List

    Day Two Itinerary

  • Craig 2nd after day 1

    Paddon holds a +24.6 lead after the opening day, full report in news sction
  • SS3 Santa Clara

    Craig sets the pace on SS3 and takes back +5.3 the gap to Paddon going into the final test tonight is +15.6
  • Paddon sets pace SS2

    H. PADDON sets the pace on SS2, Craig +22.6
  • Craig on SS2

    Craig sets 7:23.0 on SS2 and is the only time in to date, more to follow
  • Loeb off on SS3

    Confirmed! Loeb off the road on SS2 and will have to SupeRally of should I say Rally 2
  • WRC news on SS2

    SS2: start position working for @FordWRC - Petter is 9s faster than Hirvonen on a 10km stage!
  • SS3

    Unconfirmed report that Loeb off the road on SS3
  • News from SS3

    Loeb stopped in the stage. More updates as they come.
  • News from Santa Clara

    Few light showers, dry now. Dust being kicked up by the 00 cars
  • Light Showers SS2

    Light Showers SS2
  • SS3 Stana Clara

    SS3 Stana Clara
  • Rain in Ourique

    reports coming in that there is currently heavy rain at the regroup in Ourique. Stage 2 Gomes Aires (10.19km) scheduled to start at 20:19 local time.

    O/A: Petter Solberg took the honours on the superspecial winning the test +0.1 from S. Loeb, Latvala came third +0.7 and Hirvonen set the same time
  • SS1 Craig Heads SWRC

    On the Superspecial in Lisbon Craig set the pace in the SWRc with a time of 3:10.2 over the 3.27 km test. H.Paddon followed +1.7, Y. Al Rajhi +1.9
  • Rally Portugal is Live!

    The Superspecial stage is live in Lisbon at the moment. On this the opening stage the entry is run in reverse order so the SWRC and WRC crews have still to enter the stage.
  • Super Superspecial

    Superspecial getting ready to Tee off

  • Day 1 Start List etc

    Thursday Start List

    Thursday Itinerary

    Stage Times wrc.com

    Mobile Live Results

    Mobile Live News

  • WRC.com Preview

    WRC.com SWRC World Rally Portugal Preview

  • Entry list/Event Itinerary

    Entry List

    Event Itinerary

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