Barcelona - Thursday 23 October
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It will be the third time that the scoring round towards the World Rally Championship will be in Barcelona, but this year the RallyRACC will go one step further in its relationship with the city of Barcelona, holding the first special stage of the event in the heart of the city, namely in Montjuïc.
The layout of this special stage runs along the lower part of the Montjuïc mountain, with start and finish in Avenida María Cristina, and following the roads around the exhibition centre, the Mies Van der Rohe pavilion, the Font Mágica and Marqués de Foronda squares, the Italy pavilion and Avenida Rius i Taulet.
It is a route of approx. 1.6 km that has to be covered twice, making up a total of 3.2 km.
The vehicles will be fitted with gravel specifications (suspensions and tyres).
Rallycars will be arriving at Plaza España, next to the Venetian Towers, from 2:00 p.m. Right after their arrival, each of the participants will make two laps around the stage at a moderate speed, to take the respective notes, after which the cars will be considered under parc fermé conditions.
After several promotional events (signing autographs and pictures), official events (FIA press conference) and the exhibition of historic rally cars (05:00 p.m.), the first car will start from Avenida María Cristina at 06:08 p.m. to cover two laps around the asphalted circuit.
50 years of Rally Catalunya
The RallyRACC will be staged for the 50th time this year, and in order to celebrate this anniversary an exhibition is being prepared that will summarize more than half a century of motor sports.
The exhibition will be available during the rally week (20 to 23 October) inside the Arenas Shopping Centre in Barcelona.
During the rally, the exhibition will be located next to the Media Centre in the Rally Headquarters in PortAventura.
The exhibition, made-up of panels showing the evolution of the rally from its first edition in 1957 and even from the first Volta a Catalunya in 1916, will include an exhibition of miniatures of all the winning cars.