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Rally de Portugal's history starts in 1975, succeeding to Rally TAP, with an organization by Automóvel Club de Portugal. The names of the most famous international rally drivers are written in its ranking (Photos from Martin Holmes and Interslide)

An history made of 49 editions

 

Founded in 1903, Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP) has always paid a very special attention to motorsport in Portugal and it is responsible for the organisation of the most important events from the international calendars.
It was no surprise that, in 1967, ACP put on the road the first edition of the TAP Rally, a competition which, within a short time, conquered enormous international prestige and, only six years later, joined the first World Rally Championship.
TAP Rally, and later Portugal Rally, has been responsible for glorious pages of success in World Championship history, having been awarded for five times the title of “Best Rally in the World”. In 2000, it was considered  “The Most Improved Rally of the Year”.
After having been withdrawn from the WRC calendar by FIA, the new ACP board, formed after President Carlos Barbosa’s election, worked very hard from 2004 to put the Rally de Portugal back in the WRC calendar, what was achieved in 2007, with the Algarve roads as scenery.
As a result of the events rotation within the WRC calendar, Portugal Rally has been out of the 2008 Championship, but was back in 2009, receiving the unanimous applause from drivers, sporting authorities and Media.
After a decade in the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo, of which seven years as part of the WRC calendar, and more than ten years since the last visit of the World Rally Championship to the Entre Douro e Minho region, the Vodafone Rally de Portugal returns to the North of the country in 2015. This will offer the WRC present stars the opportunity of experiencing first hand all the emotions and difficulties which have made the ACP event a mythical one.
Presenting itself once again as the true start of the World Championship, after the Winter asphalt round of Monte Carlo, the snow from Sweden, and the flyaway rounds of Mexico and Argentina, the 2015 Vodafone Rally de Portugal will also represent a different challenge to drivers, for it will be the first brand new round of the WRC in the last three years.
3.1 Brief summary of the 2014 event
As in the two previous years, the Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia team drove the Volkswagen Polo R WRC to victory at the 2014 Vodafone Rally de Portugal. Not satisfied, and on their way to the second World crown, the French team also won the Power Stage, scoring, for the second time in the season, the total of points available.
Winning eight of the 16 stages, Ogier started the rally on the attack to leave Lisbon as leader, but the second day was punctuated by highs and lows. Third overall after SS3, behind Dani Sordo and Ott Tänak, the French fought back during the afternoon to get back the first position. However, he would, once again, be relegated to third by the end of the day, this time with Mikko Hirvonen leading the pack and Tänak again in second.
The second leg started without changes, but with the World Champion climbing up the chart to get back to first, a position we wouldn’t surrender. Meanwhile, Jari-Matti Latvala drove very fast in an attempt to get back the time he had lost in the previous day due to a spectacular crash.
At the same time, the podium started to gain shape behind the French. The Fin Hirvonen was a solid second at the wheel of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, while Estonian Tänak blocked the stage after having crashed his Fiesta RS WRC, thus having put an end to his hopes to be among the top 3 in Portugal. The Norge Mads Østberg was the one who benefited the most with the crash, having taken his Citroën DS3 WRC to the last step of the podium.
With the top 3 settled, the event saw very interesting duels for the remaining positions, with Andreas Mikkelsen (VW Polo R WRC) and Henning Solberg (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) completing the top 5.  Nasser Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC) won the WRC2, while Stéphane Lefèbvre (Citroën DS3 R3T) was the strongest amongst the WRC3 and, at the same time, the Junior WRC. As far as the home drivers are concerned, Pedro Meireles (Skoda Fabia S2000) was the winner of the national event, although the best Portuguese on the Rally was Bernardo Sousa, who drove his Ford Fiesta RRC to the 15th spot overall, fifth amongst the WRC2.

Founded in 1903, Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP) has always paid a very special attention to motorsport in Portugal and it is responsible for the organisation of the most important events from the international calendars. It was no surprise that in 1967 ACP put on the road the first edition of the TAP Rally, a competition which, within a short time, has conquered enormous international prestige and, only six years later, joined the first World Rally Championship.

TAP Rally, and later Rally de Portugal, has been responsible for glorious pages of success in the World Championship history, having been awarded for five times the title of “Best Rally in the World”. In 2000, it was considered “The Most Improved Rally of the Year”. 

After having been withdrawn from the WRC calendar by FIA, the new ACP board, formed after President Carlos Barbosa’s election, worked very hard from 2004 onwards to put the Rally de Portugal back in the WRC calendar. This was achieved in 2007, with the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo roads as scenery.

From then on, except for the 2008 edition as a result of the events rotation within the WRC calendar, the Rally de Portugal has never again been left out of the World Rally Championship, having deserved unanimous applause from drivers, sporting authorities and Media.

After a decade in the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo, the Rally de Portugal returned to its traditional scenario, the North of the country, for an edition which attracted a huge crowd and was a great success.

Brief summary of the 2015 event

The 2015 Vodafone Rally de Portugal was a historical event for several reasons: the return of the Rally to the North of Portugal, the mythical plateau for the national motorsports, being the largest one. But this wasn’t the only one. On the contrary. Jari-Matti Latvala ruled over all others, starting with his Volkswagen Motorsport’s teammate, Sébastien Ogier, and got his first victory at the Automóvel Club de Portugal’s Rally, an event in which he presented a perfect strategy.

With a modest start to the event – he drove as low as fifth – the Fin stood out from the fourth Stage, Viana do Castelo 1. It was at this moment, after having won the test, that he took the lead of the Rally, a position we would never relinquish until the end – a perfect comeback after the withdraw on the WRC previous round with engine problems.

Meanwhile, the World Champion Ogier experienced the challenges of the North. First, it was a puncture at the start, and then the opening of the road, having both factors translated into poor results due to the lack of grip. Also coming from a tough trip to Argentina where he only managed a 17th place, the French tried his third back to back victory in Portugal (fifth in his career) by winning the second loop over the Baião, Marão and Fridão tests, as well as both runs in Fafe. However, the difference to Latvala was already too long and with the Fin taking his third Stage win in Vieira do Minho, the task turned out an impossible one.

Even so, Ogier managed his fourth rostrum of the year, having finished second, some 8.2s adrift from Latavla, while the Norge Andreas Mikkelsen also secured his fourth podium of the season, 28.6 seconds from P1. With VW managing its second 1-2-3 of the year, Kris Meeke was fourth with his Citroën DS3 WRC (+48.7s), followed by Ott Tänak on the Ford Fiesta RS WRC (+1:56.8s), and with Dani Sordo being the best amongst the Hyundai i20WRC armada; the Spaniard was sixth, more than two minutes from the winner.

On the WRC2 the winner was, as in the previous year, Nasser Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC), while Quentin Gilbert (Citroën DS3 R3T Max) was the best amongst the WRC3 and the JWRC. Max Vatanen (Ford Fiesta R2T), Ari Vatanen’s son, won the Drive Dmack Cup, while Miguel Campos (Ford Fiesta R5) was the best Portuguese driver, despite the fact that the event was not eligible to the National Rally Championship.

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6 of Nov of 2010

 

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