Prior hours of the Rally RACC Catalunya 2016


The Rally RACC Catalunya is one of the most
special of the season
. His condition only test mixed calendar
places the appointment held around Salou as one of the most appreciated
between the pilots and co-pilots. The challenge of change driving, of mentality and
also the settings in the cars between the stage fought on land and
the two-day finals which are held on asphalt involves a motivation
extra for drivers and teams to make a difference. All in all, the Rally RACC reaches its 52nd edition
with the possibility of deciding all the titles in game of the WRC in 2016

the first edition of The Rally of Catalunya was held in
, although the origins of this test go back to many years before. In
any case, and under this denomination, this rally was valid for the
Championship of Spain until 1979, despite not held for eight years. To
from that date became part of the calendar of the ERC, being his debut
in the WRC in 1991
. Since then, it has been a fixed part of the calendar of the World
Rally, except in 1994, gaining importance and prominence in the championship.
Sebastien Loeb with 8 victories is piloting most successful in the Rally RACC.

321 kilometre timed and 19 special form the 52nd Rally RACC, every time that the organizers had to deal with
the absence of the sections located in the region of ‘El Priorat’. Despite
therefore, the test maintains its essence with a stage Friday on gravel in the
that highlights the section of ‘Terra Alta’
with its almost 40 kilometers and a section
of asphalt which will have to cope pilots though bring set-ups
of land, which will be used in the special urban of Barcelona,
held at Montjuïc in the day Thursday afternoon


The service park will be a hive of nerves during
on Friday night, as teams will have to to change the settings
the cars to bring them up to the specification of asphalt,
surface on
the that is played with two days remaining. The stage of the Saturday
dispute in the area of ‘El Vendrell’ and ‘Montblanc’
, thus giving respite to the
sections of the region ‘El Priorat’. Although the Rally RACC loses the iconic
crossing ‘Molar’, the stretches of asphalt maintain their speed innate. By
last, the stage Sunday focuses on two special Duesaigües as
Power Stage

It is evident that the adaptation of the drivers in the change of
is one of the keys of the Rally RACC, but also what are the
a puncture in the section of gravel, as well as the usual dust in suspension. Without
however, the rains that has hit the northeast of the country in recent days
can convert this dust in mud in the sections and accesses,
especially if the precipitation is kept in the two days prior to the
rally, which may complicate life to drivers and fans. For its part,
andhe degree of importance of the order of the output will depend on the rest of the factors.

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia can certify your
fourth title of pilots and co-pilots
in the Rally RACC Catalunya. To do this
need to finish third and score a point in the Power Stage, or improve this
result, being indistinct results that add up to Andreas Mikkelsen and
Thierry Neuville. However, the list of candidates to the victory has to
least two other names. Jari-Matti Latvala has been second in the
four last editions of the rally and Dani Sordo competing on home. The pilot
spaniard expected to join his great performance in asphalt with the support of the public
to get a great result.


While Volkswagen is also looking for his fourth title of
builders, something that will try to prevent Hyundai, on the part of Citroën are
three drivers competing in the Rally RACC. Despite not having conditions
as favorable as in the ground tests, Kris Meeke is a candidate to
keep in mind
. The more difficult it is to get into the community, to their teammates
and pilots of M-Sport. In spite of this, it will be interesting to see the
performance of Martin Prokop with Ford Fiesta RS WRC on his return

championship after several months of absence.

Teemu Suninen is the main protagonist of the category
, any time you need to rush your options to the title with a victory in the
Rally RACC. In front you will have pilots of the caliber of Jan Kopecký, Pontus
Tidemand or Marius Aasen. Competing at home José Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez is
candidate to all, while Ricardo Trivino next to his co-pilot Mario
Gonzalez are the new faces. With the title of the Drive DMACK to be decided,
local fans will also be able to provide your sweetheart to the pilots house.
Pepe Lopez, Yeray Lemes or Nil Solans are some of the Spanish riders
will compete in the Rally RACC.

Sections and schedules of the Rally RACC Catalunya 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time Stretch Name Mileage
08:00h Shakedown Salou (Asphalt) 2,97 km
18:06h SS1 SSS Barcelona (Asphalt) – (C+ Sports / TDP) 3,20 km

Friday, October 14, 2016

Time Stretch Name Mileage
10:08h SS2 Caseres 1 (Gravel) 12,50 km
10:36h SS3 Bot 1 (Gravel) 6,50 km
11:11h SS4 Terra Alta 1 (Gravel – Asphalt) 38,95 km
14:18h SS5 Caseres 2
12,50 km
14:46h SS6 Bot 1 (Gravel) 6,50 km
15:21h SS7 Terra Alta 2 (Gravel – Asphalt) 38,95 km

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Time Stretch Name Mileage
08:10h SS8 Vilaplana (Asphalt) 6,28 km
08:49h SS9 Alcover – Capafonts 1 (Asphalt) 19,93 km
10:21h SS10 Querol 1 (Asphalt) 21.26 km
11:03h ss11 state road The Montmell 1 (Asphalt) 24,14 km
13:57h SS12 Alcover – Capafonts 2 (Asphalt) 19,93 km
15:29h SS13 Querol 2 (Asphalt) 21.26 km
16:11h SS14 The Montmell 2 (Asphalt) 24,14 km
18:00h SS15 Salou (Asphalt) 2,24 km

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Time Stretch Name Mileage
07:24h SS16 Pratdip 1 19,30 km
08:13h SS17 Duesaigües 1 12,10 km
10:39h SS18 Pratdip 2 14,79 km
12:08h SS19 Duesaigües 2 (PS) – (C+ Sports / WRC+) 12,10 km