From 3 to 4 October the third date of the European Rally Championship will be held in Portugal. For the first time in several, the Portuguese event will not be in its Atlantic islands of Azores or Madiera, but in continental sections of the north that are among the most popular in its world event, such as the jumps in Fafe. However, their roads this time will not be dirt, but asphalt.
On Friday 2 the Shakedown will take place, while the first stage will take place on Saturday and Sunday. For this test also valid for the Portuguese national tournament, following the health protocols of almost everywhere, the flow of public in the service park will not be allowed. By the way, fans are advised to limit the number of people attending the special events and to follow the race through Eurosport's television broadcast. In addition, the police authorities will not allow the public to enter the start and finish sectors of the sections.
Reigning champion Alexey Lukyanuk (Citroën C3 R5) arrives just four points ahead of young Oliver Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI) and 30 points ahead of Craig Breen (Hyundai i20).
On a technical level, a new RGT-class racing car will make its international debut. It is the new Alpine A110, a reissue of the model that just half a century ago enshrined the French monarch Jean-Claude Andruet.
It was enrolled by the Chazel Technologie Course team and will be led by Italian Zelindo Melegari, multi-year participants in the ERC 2 class with Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer production and division leader. The car was homologated last July, costs 150.000 euros, is based on the A110 GT4 and A110 Cup of the single-brand circuits and equipped with a 1.8 four-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower. It will rival the Abarth 124 that have similar features.