Stobart star takes on Portugal

Matthew Wilson (pictured right with father Malcom Wilson), 22, the youngest ever driver to win a WRC stage and score a driver’s point, was in the Algarve in April to compete in the fourth stage of the World Rally Championship (WRC) with his co-driver Scott Martin.

During this motoring event, Matthew Wilson spoke exclusively to the Algarve Resident about his motor sport career and his visit to Portugal.

“The first time I took part in the Portuguese rally was in 2007,” said Matthew. “I think Portugal deserves a regular place on the WRC calendar. They’ve organised a fantastic super special to kick off the rally,” he added.

For more information about the Stobart team and this year’s WRC, please visit the website, available in English, at www.stobartmotorsport.com.

Gerry McCann returns to Praia da Luz

Gerry McCann and two of the original Tapas 9 group made a surprise visit to Praia da Luz on April 4 to assist in a filmed reconstruction of the events surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in May 2007.

This reconstruction, which was made by Mentor Media, included a cast of 15 British actors, as well as a girl of similar age and build to Madeleine, who played her.

The film included a reconstruction of the night Madeleine disappeared, with scenes filmed inside the Ocean Club and local restaurants where the friends and family dined, as well as re-enactments of key witness statements in the area.

A documentary, which included the filmed reconstruction, was aired on Channel 4 in the UK in May near the anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Foreign residents victorious

Lagoa Câmara responded favourably in April to pressure from foreign residents over the erection of an illegal communications mast in the residential area of Areias dos Moinhos in Carvoeiro.

Canadian resident and protest initiator, Hal Jones told the Algarve Resident on April 14: “My lawyer has told me that we have won our fight, following a meeting between Lagoa Câmara officials, representatives from SIRESP and the GNR.

“I can’t put it into words. All the residents here feel relieved that the mast will not be erected near our homes and we want to thank the Algarve Resident for its support these past few weeks,” Hal Jones said.