The Spain round is the only WRC mixed surface encouter and its moderate speed gravel roads contrast with the smooth tarmac floor, a fast one, similar to that of a track. The popular urban scene of Barcelona, in the area of Montjuïc, was where the action took place, on the roads that years ago hosted the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix on four occasions.
On Friday begins the race that features two gravel sections, both visited for the last time in 2014. The big change is the new special stage, La Fatarella – Vilalba (38.85 km), which include asphalt sections and lots of floor changes throughout the roads. Three of the morning specials are repeated in the afternoon.
The second and third days will be done entirely on tarmac and on Saturday the race will go on towards the Northeast and it includes two sections that go on the opposite direction they did on 2017, plus the return of the Querol stage.
The final day, Sunday, will have two loops at the sections of Riudecanyes and Santa Martina, both in the same format as last year. This time there will be a mid-leg service at the Port Aventura theme park in Salou.
The return ofThursday night’s tarmac special, of 3.20 km in Barcelona, is a great welcome. It goes across the city’s trade fair streets, starting and finishing at the Reina María Cristina Avenue, then it goes around the famous Magic Fountain, with a roundabout in front of the amazing Palau Nacional building.
Rally Spain Schedule
October 25 – Shakedown, Opening Ceremony (13:15) and Barcelona stage (18:08)
October 26 – rally Day 1 ( 8:00AM – 20:35PM)
October 27 – rally Day 2 (6:45AM – 18:15PM)
October 28 – rally Day 3 (6:45AM – 14:01PM)