More than 80 teams left this Wednesday morning towards Viseu, for the second stage of the Historic Portugal Rally. The ACP competition continues to be marked by competitiveness and the beauty of the landscapes. Arrival in the city of Viriato is scheduled for 6:50 pm.
After the official start, yesterday, at Parque Eduardo VII, in Lisbon, the Rally de Portugal Histórico caravan competed in the first section of the race, which ended in Figueira da Foz. It was 363.4 kilometres in regularity mode, testing the precision of drivers and navigators, as well as the resistance of some emblematic machines, such as the Porsche 911 of Belgians Yves Deflandres and Jennifer Hugo, which placed at the top of the classification.
The Belgian team, remember, won the race last year and could reach its fourth victory in the Historical Rally of Portugal. After the special at the Leiria Kartódromo, second place was occupied by another Porsche 911, that of Christophe Berteloot and Baptiste Gengoux, followed by the Peugeot 205 GTi of Marcos Fernandez and Adolfo Gonzalez. Among the national pairs, Paulo Marques and João Martins, in a BMW 1600, were the best classified leaving Leiria, in fifth place.
Today, the route is even longer and will connect Figueira da Foz and Viseu, with 458.8 kilometers, including connections and regular specials. In between, incursions into notable locations in the Central region, such as Talasnal, Lousã, or the Aguieira Dam. In the afternoon, the route includes passes through Mortágua, another of the municipalities that are part of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, and the Sever do Vouga track, before the final connection to Viseu. The first competitors must arrive in Viseu at 6:50 pm.
Tomorrow, the city of Viriato will be the starting and finishing point of the third stage of the competition, with a length of 541.9 kilometres.