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.

Illustration from fia.com

TRACK DETAILS:
Lenght: 945 m
Tarmac/Dirt: 60/40
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.

New for this year is that the live broadcast is moved to youtube, with the broadcast starting 15:00 CEST Sunday this weekend. If you’re new to this game you can read the rules in detail here, and you can find everything you need to know about the series and the permanent teams here. I’ve also made a statistics spreadsheet if you want to do an in-depth analysis before making picks. All Supercar entrants is listed below.

VW RX SWEDEN - VOLKSWAGEN POLO
#3: Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) - Avg last 10: 17.40 - Avg POR: 27.00
#92: Anton Marklund (SWE) - Avg last 10: 8.30 - Avg POR: 9.00

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EKSRX - AUDI S1
#5: Mattias Ekström (SWE) - Avg last 10: 18.60 - Avg POR: 15.00
#57: Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) - Avg last 10: 8.00 - Avg POR: 17.50

WORLDRX TEAM AUSTRIA - FORD FIESTA
#6: Janis Baumanis (LVA) - Avg last 3: 6.00 - Avg POR: N/A
#7: Timur Timerzyanov (RUS) - Avg last 10: 9.00 - Avg POR: 14.00
#31: Max Pucher (AUT) - Avg last 10: 0.00 - Avg POR: 0.00

TEAM PEUGEOT HANSEN - PEUGEOT 208
#9: Sebastien Loeb (FRA) - Avg last 1: 11.00* - Avg POR: N/A
#17: Davy Jeanney (FRA) - Avg last 10: 16.20 - Avg POR: 16.00
#21: Timmy Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 10: 22.50 - Avg POR: 19.00
#71: Kevin Hansen (SWE) - Avg last 1: 16.00 - Avg POR:

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HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION - FORD FOCUS RS
#13: Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - Avg last 10: 17.60 - Avg POR: 20.50
#43: Ken Block (USA) - Avg last 2: 15.50 - Avg POR: N/A

ALL-INKL.COM MÜNNICH MOTORSPORT - SEAT IBIZA
#15: Reinis Nitiss (LVA) - Avg last 10: 12.40 - Avg POR: 16.00
#77: Rene Münnich (DEU) - Avg last 10: 1.30 - Avg POR: 0.00

OLSBERGSMSE - FORD FIESTA
#68: Niclas Grönholm (FIN) - Avg last 1: 0.00 - Avg POR: N/A
#96: Kevin Eriksson (SWE) - Avg last 1: 20.00 - Avg POR: N/A

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SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES:
#1: Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroën DS3 - Avg. last 10: 21.90 - Avg POR: 28.00
#4: Robin Larsson (SWE), Audi A1 - Avg last 10: 12.00 - Avg POR: 9.00
#33: Liam Doran (GBR), JRM Mini Countryman - Avg last 10: 1.80 - Avg POR: 1.00
#41: Joaquim Santos (POR), Ford Focus - Avg last 2: 1.50 - Avg POR: 1.50
#56: Bohdan Ludwiczak (POL), Mitsubishi Lancer - Avg last 7: 0.43 - Avg POR: 2.00
#87: Jean-Baptiste Dubourg (FRA), Citroën DS3 - Avg last 4: 6.50 - Avg POR: 4.00

*EuroRX stats.