The Rally of Portugal, which will be held from May 20 to 23, will mean the return of the public to the World Rally (WRC), since the three tests held during this 2021 in Monte Carlo, Finland and Croatia had been held without the presence of fans.
The French Sébastien Ogier, current world champion, has shown his satisfaction to run again with the public presence and in an interview with the newspaper ‘O Jogo’ he highlighted that the Portuguese are “the most passionate fans of the World Cup.
The Rally of Portugal It will start this Thursday in Paredes with the traditional “Shakedown” so that the drivers can test the vehicles, although it will take place without the public.
The first qualifying sections with the public will arrive on Friday, May 21, with a total of eight stages in Coimbra, Lousá, Gois, Arganil, Montágua and Lousada, located in the Central and Northern regions of the country.
The next day, 7 stages with an audience in Viana do Minho, Cabeceiras do Basto, Amarante and Oporto and on Sunday the last 5 stages will be held, also with the presence of fans in Felgueiras, Montim and Fafe.
The standing tickets (30 euros) or in the stands (60 euros) for the first day are already sold out and the spectators will have the obligation to wear a mask and will not be able to consume drinks.
There has also been a lot of demand, although they are not yet sold out, for other towns that include transport and food, which range between 150 and 390 euros.
After the first three rounds of the championship, the classification is led by Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), who at 37 has announced that it will be the last time he will compete in the World Cup. He is a great connoisseur of Rally de Portugal, having won it three times and always with different teams. Now, he will try to beat the command of his Toyota.
Ogier won in Monte Carlo and Croatia, while the Estonian Ott tanak He did it in Finland.
The Spaniard will also be at the Rally de Portugal Dani sordo (Hyundai), who, as he has stated in recent days, feels “excited” about his return to Portugal for the World Rally Championship as “it is always special” for him due to his closeness to Spain.