2007 World Rally Driving Championship in the Algarve

THE PORTUGUESE rally will once again be included in the World Rally Driving Championship in 2007, after having been excluded from the world circuit by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) for the past five years.

The Algarve hills and the Baixo Alentejo are the areas especially chosen for the Portuguese round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), which will be held from March 30 to April 1 next year.

“It will amount to three days of high excitement, during which the Algarve will be in festive mood as it welcomes the world’s top rally drivers,” said the president of Região de Turismo do Algarve (RTA), the Algarve Tourist Board, Helder Martins, a keen rally fan. “The Algarve is to be congratulated on the return to this country of the WRC, having made a major contribution towards this achievement by hosting the Portuguese Rally for the last two years,” added the leader of tourism in the Algarve.

The revamped Portuguese Rally – tested in the Algarve in 2005 and 2006 – has succeeded in creating the sort of conditions that are considered essential for the event: a meticulous organisation and high levels of safety and quality in all of the event’s different stages. As a result of these changes, FIA approved the Portuguese application to be included in the World Rally Championship in 2007, with the largest international rally event now set to be brought to the Algarve in the week before Easter.

The Algarve’s natural characteristics and its excellent supply of hotel accommodation, together with the proximity of the event to Faro airport and the region’s leisure facilities and golf courses, have reinforced the quality that will be guaranteed for the rally, with it now being recognised as a world-class event.