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Rallies of 2018 overview

AZORES AIRLINES RALLYE

22-24 March 2018, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel (gravel)

Based on the mid-Atlantic archipelago’s largest island of São Miguel, the rally celebrated its half-century in 2015 and remains one of the most spectacular events on the international calendar. Stages criss-cross breath-taking scenery and lush countryside and are characterised by their sandy surface and narrow and undulating nature. And because the timed tests are often no wider than the width of a car, there is simply no margin for error, particularly on the Sete Cidades test along the rim of a volcanic crater lake. Changeable weather is also a factor with conditions switching from sunshine to showers and fog patches.

Event eligibility:

FIA European Rally Championship 2018, round 1 of 8
FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship 2018, round 1 of 6
FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship 2018, round 1 of 6

Also counting for...

FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations' Cup, ERC Ladies' Trophy

Previous winners:

2017: Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Ricardo Moura/António Costa (Ford Fiesta R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)
2014: Bernardo Sousa/Hugo Magalhães (Ford Fiesta RRC)
2013: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia S2000)

Event essentials:

Starts: Thursday 22 March, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada
Finishes: Saturday 24 March, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada
Headquarters: Pavilhão do Mar, Portas do Mar, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 5 (2013-2017)
Stages: 15
Stage distance: 207.44 kilometres (99.87 kilometres leg one, 107.57 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 467.61 kilometres
Total: 675.05 kilometres
Surface: Gravel
Free Practice (for priority drivers): Thursday 22 March
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): Thursday 22 March
Shakedown (for all drivers): Thursday 22 March
Start order selection: Thursday 22 March
Ceremonial start: Thursday 22 March, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada

Media accreditation
Location: 
Pavilhão do Mar, Portas do Mar, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada
Opening hours: Monday 19 March: 14h00-17h00
Tuesday 20 March: 14h00-17h00
Wednesday 21 March: 15h30-18h00*
*This follows the mandatory media safety briefing from 15h00-15h30

Media Centre:
Location: Pavilhão do Mar, Portas do Mar, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada
Opening hours: Monday 19 March: 14h00-17h00
Tuesday 20 March: 14h00-17h00
Wednesday 21 March: 13h00-19h00
Thursday 22 March: 07h30-00h00
Friday 23 March: 08h00-22h00
Saturday 24 March: 08h00-22h00