rally portugal 2022

WRC Rally Portugal 2022 promises to take you on an exciting adventure!

Portugal, what a delightful country with its traditional Polvo dishes and the sun touching the eyes of the citizens of the north-west city of Matosinhos. As the Vodafone Rally Portugal 2022 race descends into measured life, what are your first impressions? 

Ahead of challenge in Portugal..

Indeed, the dust of gravel under the sun, the sweat and too many people, celebrating the greatest ever jump on the iconic Fafe! In addition, we will have to sweat. There is a lot of hard work ahead of our brave rally drivers’ line-up. Here are the reasons it is impossible to miss Rally de Portugal – the first gravel challenge, and the 50th anniversary rally in the FIA World Rally Championship 2022.

Porugal Porto

What is on the agenda? WRC Rally Portugal 2022 route. 

Rally Portugal

The title-chasers broke the ice of Sweden and Rally Monte Carlo, charged on the asphalt through the Croatian stage. Now it is time to face the quite new conditions – the gravel of Rally Portugal. That will be an excellent test for the Rally1 cars of the new hybrid era. How will they pass the dusty check? To find the answer, we will plunge into the dirty dust, rocks and heat for the 21-round for 338.34km on a route of 1522.89km! 

Since 1973, Portugal has been one of the oldest venues for rally racing events in the WRC. The drivers will face plenty of tricky corners hidden by crests. Fast and technical gravel roads inland from Porto, but rocky and rutted for the second pass.  The Rally Portugal 2022 route will be like last year. However, a new test is already waiting for us on Thursday. The opening night’s start ceremony in Coimbra will launch a 2.82km street stage. 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday..

The double pass of Góis, Lousã, and the classic Arganil promises the headaches for rally drivers. There in tire fitting zone will be a hope to athletes will be careful with tyres.

On Friday evening we will meet the Lousada rallycross circuit, while drivers have been passing a single run through Mortágua. The ridiculous will await anyone who doesn’t care about tires, as the service will not be allowed until competitors return to Matosinhos. To pass almost 122km of competition without making mistakes is on the plan for Friday.

Saturday will be even harder, as we are already sweating. The double runs through Vieira do Minho, Cabeceiras de Basto and Amarante making the Saturday’s route the longest day test of the weekend for almost 165km! The two identical loops of three speed tests in the Cabreira Mountains, north-east of Matosinhos. No mistakes and carelessness with the tires and the engine, plus hydrating. That is what we will need the most on Saturday..

Rally Portugal
Rally Portugal, Fafe

Iconic Fafe.

Fantastic! It’s probably the best word to describe jumping through the hot dust on iconic Fafe. Sunday’s chapter of the Rally Portugal’s romance is about the one of the biggest jumps in WRC. Yes, it is all about the extraordinary Fafe. Five tests around the town. We will start with Felgueiras, then Montim and Fafe. Then next up before second passes through Felgueiras and Fafe. Bet you will know what is that when rally cars are flying!

The key storylines touch on the feelings..

Sebastien Ogier and Sebastien Loeb

Last time, these two met each other at Rally Monte Carlo. The tricky ice claimed to decide who was the fastest rally champion. Sebastien Loeb made an amazing victory in Monaco with the new co-driver Isabelle Galmiche. The legendary drivers have seventeen titles for the two: nine for Loeb and eight for Ogier. The hot dust of the Rally de Portugal promises to bring clarity to the issue.

Sebastien Loeb vs Sebastien Ogier at the Rally Portugal 2022: who will be faster?

So, do not search for any hints. Bets have no sense, as even rally fans have no predictions who will be faster. Ogier is a part-time driver for Toyota Gazoo Racing. The team won the manufacturers’ championship and outclassed Hyundai Motorsport. This year TGR continues to bring joy to fans with a good pace and hungrier for winning drivers. Sebastien Loeb is a part-time driver for M-Sport Ford. Being the outside the comply line team, the 2022 Purple Pumas surprised with an amazing pace, showing the competition at the full throlle.

Kalle Rovanperä: the chance to claim third victory in a row

No one expected, no one predicted, but Toyota Gazoo racing driver just rushed all of his talent on the Sweden Rally and surprised race fans with an amazing victory. But, young Kalle Rovanperä surprised us more, when he showed the best of rally driving skills on the Croatia Rally. He broke the wall of rain, avoided tricky turns, and rode the tough asphalt roads. Perhaps, Kalle Rovanperä charged a special magic, but Rally Portugal could be his third victory in a row. That would be fantastic!

Kalle Rovanperä

The second breath for Dani Sordo

Dani Sordo

Dani Sordo had been waiting for this chance for a long time, watching how his teammates: bravest Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, rushed with all their might to coveted points for Hyundai Motorsport. Now, it is his turn to show off the outclassing rally. And that’s not for nothing!

Spanish rally driver feels confidence in gravel as much as a fish in water. To return at the wheel of combat I20 rally car and to show who is the master of gravel, that is the primary goal for joining to WRC this weekend Dani Sordo.

What is on the plan: WRC Rally Portugal 2022 schedule

Thursday 19 MayLOCAL TIME
STUDIO: PRE SHOW & CEREMONIAL START18:00
COIMBRA SSS – TV WORLD FEED 119:00
Friday 20 MayLOCAL TIME
EXPONER SERVICE PARK 08:00
SS2 LOUSA 108:08
SS3 GOIS 109:08
SS4 ARGANIL 110:08
BREAK11:15
SS5 LOUSA 212:30
SS6 GOIS 213:31
SS7 ARGANIL 214:31
BREAK15:20
STUDIO SERVICE PARK EXPONER.16:00
SS8 MORTAGUA16:05
BREAK17:00
SS9 LOUSADA SSS – TV WORLD FEED 219:00
STUDIO SERVICE PARK EXPONER 20:00
Saturday 21 MayLOCAL TIME
EXPONER SERVICE PARK 05:45
SS10 VIEIRA DO MINHO 1 – TV WORLD FEED 307:30
SS11 CABECEIRAS DE BASTO 108:38
SS12 AMARANTE 109:54
SS13 VIEIRA DO MINHO 2 – TV WORLD FEED 414:30
SS14 CABECEIRAS DE BASTO 215:38
STUDIO SERVICE PARK EXPONER.16:50
SS15 AMARANTE 216:54
BREAK18:00
SS16 PORTO – FOZ (SSS) – TV LIVE WORLD FEED 519:00
STUDIO SERVICE PARK EXPONER 20:00
Sunday 22 MayLOCAL TIME
GOOD MORNING RALLY FANS05:45
STUDIO SERVICE PARK EXPONER.07:00
SS17 FELGUEIRAS 107:08
STUDIO SERVICE PARK EXPONER.07:48
SS18 MONTIM07:57
SS19 FAFE 1 – TV LIVE WORLD FEED 608:30
SS20 FELGUEIRAS 210:08
SS21 FAFE 2- TV WORLD FEED 7 WOLF POWERSTAGE12:00
SERVICE PARK EXPONER. WRAP UP13:30

The tricky roads, the tough routes and hot conditions, that is how Rally Portugal 2022 is going to surprise us. Anniversary, legendary challenge will be a great show. As always, we will watch the full coverage on WRC All Live. See you there on May 19!