We start the season in Portugal with the highest altitude event of WorldRX, but with as much power as ever!
Montalegre returns as the WorldRX opener for the third time, and is seemingly one of less spectacular tracks on the calendar. The track is one of few without a jump, but the start straight is the longest in the series. The joker lap is right after this straight, so the braking point for the joker is different from the standard lap. This has caught out more than one driver, making for some involuntary jokers over the years. The track also has a series of sweeping gravel corners, suiting the sideways style of drivers like Petter Solberg.
Lenght: 945 m
Lap Record: Petter Solberg 0:39.207
Former winners: Johan Kristoffersson (2015), Petter Solberg (2014)
In addition to the permanent WorldRX teams, we see a few wildcard entries this weekend. The most exciting of those is that of Jean-Baptiste Dubourg, who
enters were supposed to enter his brand new Citroën DS3 for the first time. Sadly the car is not ready yet, but he will be back in Hockenheim. Dubourg is expected to be one of the front runners in EuroRX this season, as well as making another wildcard entry at the French round and Hockenheim. He had an impressive last season, where along with a strong EuroRX campaign also finished third at his home event in Loheac. We also see the return of veteran and former rally driver Joaquim Santos in a Ford Focus. Santos only enters in Portugal, and is not expected to be up to pace with the WorldRX elite here. The same can be said about Bohdan Ludwiczak, who is returning in a Mitsubishi Lancer after a lackluster 2014 and absence in 2015.