The Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2022 starts on the 19th of May (and continues until the 22nd of May), the 55th edition of one of the biggest motor sport events in our country and there are plenty of reasons to be interested.
Rally de Portugal 2022 is the fourth event of the WRC (World Rally Championship) and the first dirt rally of the year, also representing the debut of the new Rally1 hybrids on this type of surface.
In this year’s edition, we will see the return of Sébastien Loeb — the driver who has won the most championships to date, nine in total — at the controls of a Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, after having already won an impressive victory in the Monte Carlo Rally, the first of the championship.
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Rally de Portugal 2021.
Loeb will face his archrival Sébastien Ogier, who has eight world championships, in Portugal, and will be at the controls of the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1. At the Monte Carlo Rally he finished second behind Loeb. Will Ogier be able to reverse the positions in Portugal?
We cannot neglect Ott Tanak, the other world champion (2019) who also wants to win the Rally de Portugal 2022, riding the Hyundai i20 N Rally1. Three world champions vying for victory in the best rally in the world… Promise!
Record number of subscribers
There are 100 teams registered for the 2022 Rally de Portugal – the highest number so far in this year’s WRC events. In addition to Rally1 (which will be about a dozen), we will have WRC2 (Open, Junior and Masters) and WRC3 (Open and Junior) in competition. But it doesn’t stop here…
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Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1.
The Rally de Portugal will also score for the Portuguese Rally Championship (CPR) — played only during the first stage until PE9, the Lousada Super Special — so it counts with the presence of many Portuguese drivers.
Also noteworthy are the single-make Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica competitions, contested with front-wheel drive Peugeot 208 Rally4s; and the debut of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup, contested with all-wheel drive Toyota GR Yaris.
50 years of WRC
The WRC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the FIA has chosen Rally de Portugal 2022 as the stage to celebrate such an important date.
Among the actions already announced, there is a free exhibition at Exponor, in Matosinhos — the operations center of the Rally de Portugal — of some of the most significant machines that have marked the World Rally Championship over this half century.
It is there that we will be able to see machines like the Fiat 131 Abarth, the Alpine-Renault A110, the Lancia Rally 037, the Lancia Delta Integrale, the Peugeot 205 T16, the Audi Sport Quattro or the Opel Ascona 400. action.
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Audi Sport Quattro.
In addition to the machines, the legendary drivers who drove them: Markku Alén, Marcus Grönholm, Carlos Sainz, Miki Biasion, Walter Röhrl, Ari Vatanen among others will also be present.
Rally de Portugal 2022 starts on May 19, with Shakedown starting in Baltar, Paredes, between 9:01 am and 2:00 pm. The race really kicks off in Coimbra, on the same day, with the first super special at 19:03.
In total, the 2022 edition of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal includes 21 stages, in a total distance of 1535.35 km, 343.3 km of which are played against the clock.
Stage Distance Time DAY 1 — May 19, Thursday PE1 — SSS Coimbra 2.82 km 19:03 DAY 2 — May 20, Friday PE2 — Lousã 1 12.03 km 08:08 PE3 — Góis 1 19 .33 km 09:08 PE4 — Arganil 1 18.72 km 10:08 PE5 — Lousã 2 12.03 km 12:31 PE6 — Góis 2 19.33 km 13:31 PE7 — Arganil 2 18.72 km 14:38 PE8 — Mortágua 18.16 km 16:05 PE9 — SSS Lousada 3.36 km 19:03 DAY 3 — May 21, Saturday PE10 — Vieira do Minho 1 17.48 km 07:38 PE11 — Cabeceiras de Basto 1 22, 03 km 08:38 PE12 — Amarante 1 37.24 km 09:54 PE13 — Vieira do Minho 2 17.48 km 14:38 PE14 — Cabeceiras de Basto 2 22.03 km 15:38 PE15 — Amarante 2 37.24 km 16:54 PE16 — SSS Porto 3.30 km 19:03 DAY 4 — May 22, Sunday PE17 — Felgueiras 1 8.91 km 07:08 PE18 — Montim 8.69 km 07:57 PE19 — Fafe 1 11.18 km 08:38 PE20 — Felgueiras 2 8.91 km 10:08 PE21 — Fafe 2 (Power Stage) 11.18 km 12:18