28.03.14

2014 Rally de Portugal - Preview

The second of six consecutive gravel rallies in the FIA World Rally Championship is also the first event this season considered to be non-specialised and a more realistic indicator of true performance.

Based in the south, in the Algarve, the fourth round of the series has attracted 85 entrants and the event will also play host to the opening round of the FIA Junior WRC Championship in which 14 crews will battle for honours in two-wheel drive Citroën DS3 R3s.

This year the start has been moved to Estoril, but the popular street stage in the city of Lisbon remains and kicks off the event on Thursday evening. From here, crews head back to the familiar gravel stages in the south for three days of competition based around the Estádio Algarve.

For the third year running, the popular WRC Fafe Rally Sprint is also back. Based in the north of the country, the Rally Sprint will take place over the iconic Fafe-Lameirinha stage, providing a spectacular appetizer on Saturday 29 March for the thousands of fans in the country.

The opening SSS1 Lisbon, and SS16 - the Loulé Power Stage - will be broadcast live, nationally and internationally; other stages will also be live on RTP.

VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL – ROUTE GRAPHICS
 
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THE 2014 ROUTE

The route is largely similar to last year; less than 25 kilometres has been reconfigured and just one stage runs in the reverse direction (Santana da Serra).

RALLY DATA

Total distance:
Stage distance:
Number of stages:
1,404.55 km
339.46 km (24.17%)
16

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Centre is located outside the Estádio Algarve, Parque das Cidades, 8135-014 Almancil. The opening hours are:

Tuesday 1 April
Wednesday 2 April
Thursday 3 April
Friday 4 April
14:00 – 19:00 hrs 
08:00 – 20:00 hrs
08:00 – 20:00 hrs
08:00 – 13:00 hrs

It is also possible to collect accreditation on Thursday 3 April at the Hotel Altis Belém, Lisbon, between 09:00-1600 hrs. The National Press Officer must however be advised in advance.

VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA

Wednesday 2 April
Mandatory rally by rally photographers briefing, Photographers’ Room
FIA Junior WRC Championship season photo, Service Park
Shakedown (P1 & P2 drivers)
Shakedown (P3 drivers)
Shakedown (other competitors)
FIA Press Conference, Media Centre
FIA Junior WRC Championship season launch, 
Citroën Racing, Service Park

Thursday 3 April
FIA WRC season photo, Jardins do Casino, Estoril
Autograph session, Jardins do Casino, Estoril
Ceremonial start, Jardins do Casino, Estoril
SSS1, Lisbon

Friday 4 April
First car arrives for mid-day service and Media Zone, Algarve Stadium
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Algarve Stadium
End of day press conference, WRC Stage, Service Park

Saturday 5 April
First car arrives for mid-day service and Media Zone, Algarve Stadium
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Algarve Stadium
End of day Press Conference, WRC Stage, Service Park

Sunday 6 April
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Algarve Stadium
Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Algarve Stadium
FIA Press Conference, Media Centre

12:00 hrs
13:30 hrs
14:30-16:00 hrs
16:00-18:00 hrs
18:00-19:00 hrs
18:00 hrs
19:45 hrs



13:45 hrs
14:15 hrs
15:00 hrs
18:01 hrs


13:15 hrs
18:00 hrs
During 45’ service


13:05 hrs
18:10 hrs
During 45’ service


12:12 hrs
13:30 hrs
14:00 hrs

FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

Wednesday 2 April








Sunday 6 April
 

Molly Taylor, FIA Junior WRC Championship
Alastair Fisher, FIA Junior WRC Championship
Nasser Al-Attiyah, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Bernardo Sousa, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Mads Østberg, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Elfyn Evans, M-Sport World Rally Team
Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Motorsport II
Dani Sordo, Hyundai Motorsport N

Winning FIA Junior WRC Championship crew 
Winning FIA WRC 2 Championship crew 
Top three crews in the overall classification
Representative of the winning entrant

ADDITIONAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES 

‘Meet the Crews’: On Friday and Saturday the top three drivers will attend a ‘Meet the Crews’ session for media and fans. This will take place on the WRC Stage in the service park at the earliest opportunity during the 45’ service.

Autograph Signing Session: On Friday and Saturday selected crews will be available for a 15 minute autograph session. This will take place in the service park during the end of day service at the teams’ service areas.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classifications for all the WRC Championships can be found on the following link:

http://www.fia.com/championship/world-rally-championship/2014/classifications

STAGE CHART

Shortly after the finish of the event, a downloadable stage chart showing the progressive positions of the leading crews during the rally will be available. This is copyright free for editorial purposes and available at the following link:

http://www.fia.com/championship/world-rally-championship/2014/rally-de-portugal-stage-chart