Created in 2006, as a revival to some of the best years of the races that took place at the Portugal Automobile Club, the Rally de Portugal Histórico, from the inception was converted into one of the most demanding and prestigious tests of Historical Regularity of the Old Continent, attracting drivers and vehicles from several countries, with special emphasis from French speaking teams, which often exceed a hundred cars.
With the Estoril Casino Gardens as the scenario for departures and arrivals, throughout the course of time, the Historic Portugal Rally was hosted by several unforgettable places in the history of the most important motor sport race held in Portugal today.
Tomar, Figueira da Foz, Espinho, Arganil, Vila Real, Lamego, Viseu, Caramulo, Leiria and the nightly specials of Sintra have already been part of a demanding route, but of great scenic beauty, with more than 2,000 km. Even though they were used to host this unique competition, these places also present themselves as a magnificent touristic gateway of the country, from the coastal cities to the countryside.
This year, and after the second consecutive victory of the Belgian Yves Deflandre, the national fleet certainly hope to be, once more, the winners and who knows to start another sequence of three consecutive victories, such as those achieved by João Mexia between 2013 and 2015. But to achieve this, first, they will have to be successful in several challenges that are ahead.
To close a competition with a golden key, the event will end with a very interesting novelty: a Slalom at the Circuit of Estoril on Saturday morning. And during the event, motorsport fans will still be able to see some former champions who took part of history in the rallies, such as the drivers Stig Blomqvist and Miki Biasion.
October 2nd (Monday)
Technical Checks (Estoril Circuit)
1st Stage – Estoril / Figueira da Foz
October 3rd (Wednesday)
2ª Etapa – Figueira da Foz / Braga
October 4th (Thursday)
3ª Step – Braga / Viseu
October 5th (Friday)
4th Stage – Viseu / Estoril
October 6th (Saturday)
Estoril (Casino Gardens) / Estoril Autódromo / Estoril (Casino Gardens)
Publication of the Final Classification – Estoril
Prize distribution dinner – Estoril