Spain’s asphalt is popular with competitors. The roads in the hills above the Costa Daurada coast are fast, fluid and slippery, requiring a driving style closer to circuit racing than other asphalt laps, and a clean and efficient approach is rewarded.
The PortAventura World theme park in Salou remains the focus of the penultimate round of the championship, with the start ceremony taking place on the resort’s seafront promenade on Thursday evening.
After asphalt speed tests replaced the gravel on Friday, the first stage heads west and has a new look.
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The morning and afternoon trips through Vilaplana (20.00 km), La Granadella (21.80 km) and Riba-roja (14.21 km) are divided according to service in Salou. Some roads are new to the rally while others are returning after many years off the track. The six stages add up to 112.02 km.
The Saturday stage northeast of Salou is the longest and comprises 117.54 km of competition over seven stages.
The format is the same, with SavallÃ (14.08 km), a revised Querol – Les Pobles (19.17 km) and the super-fast El Montmell (24.40 km), which is run twice on both sides. The day ends with the popular sea test in Salou (2.24 km).
The final on Sunday includes two rounds of the well-known stages Santa Marina and Riudecanyes. The first pass from Santa Marina becomes particularly challenging in the dark. The best vantage point will be the famous Coll de la Teixeta roundabout in Riudecanyes, where the drivers do a 360 Â° donut in front of huge crowds on the slopes.
A mid-leg service divides the loops, with the second pass from Riudecanyes forming the bonus points that pay out the Wolf Power Stage. A finishing podium on Salou’s seafront will round off the weekend.
The 17 stages cover 280.46 km.
â¢ Full coverage of the RallyRACC Rally de EspaÃ±a will be available on WRC + All Live here, including every stage broadcast as well as important interviews, features and expert analyzes from the service park.