Date of birth : 10/07/1980
Who is he? This year’s Acropolis Rally winner was the reference when it came to Portuguese rallying thanks to his trio of domestic titles between 2007-2009. International action followed for 2010 with an IRC campaign, which included a dramatic win in the Azores.
Then what? A hefty crash on Rallye Monte-Carlo at the start of the 2011 IRC season hit hard both in terms of impact and form and it wasn’t until the 2014 European championship that Magalhães was able to put a package in place to compete outside Portugal on a regular basis again.
A lion no more: Having rallied Peugeots for much of his career, Magalhães has since sampled Ford and – from 2017 – ŠKODA power.
Czech mate: Run by top Portuguese outfit ARC Sport, Magalhães drove one of the Czech machines to second place in the 2017 ERC standings, beginning the year with a third Azores win.
(SEA)JET(S)-powered: Magalhães’ unlikely title challenge – Azores 2017 was intended as a one-off – was made possible through support from Greek island ferry operator SEAJETS, which remains a key partner in 2018.
Azores Airlines Rallye: 3
Rally Islas Canarias: 7
EKO Acropolis Rally: 1
Cyprus Rally: 2
Rally di Roma Capitale: 5
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: 9
Rally Poland: DNE