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Azores Airlines Rallye

Azores Airlines Rallye - 30-01/04/2017

THE RALLY IN 100 WORDS

Based on the archipelago’s largest island of São Miguel in the mid-Atlantic, the event celebrated its half-century in 2015 as another chapter of its impressive history was written. The timed tests criss-cross breath-taking scenery and lush countryside and are characterised by their sandy surface and narrow and undulating nature. And because the stages are often no wider than the width of a car, there is simply no margin for error, particularly on the Sete Cidades test along the rim of a volcanic crater lake. Changeable weather is also a factor with conditions switching from sunshine to showers and fog patches.

EVENT ESSENTIALS (all timings local and subject to change)

Starts: 14h30, Thursday 30 March, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada
Finishes: 18h56, Saturday 1 April, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada
Headquarters: Pavilhão do Mar, Portas do Mar, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada
Service park: Portas do Mar
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 4 (2013-2016)
Stages: 16
Stage distance: 210.46 kilometres (107.10 kilometres leg one, 103.36 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 459.86 kilometres
Total: 670.32 kilometres
Surface: Gravel
Free Practice (for priority drivers): 08h00-09h45, Thursday 30 March, Remédios, Lagoa (3.12 kilometres)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 10h00, Thursday 30 March, Remédios, Lagoa
Shakedown (for all drivers): 11h40-13h00, Thursday 30 March, Remédios, Lagoa
Start order selection: 12h30, Thursday 30 March, Portas do Mar
Ceremonial start: 14h30, Thursday 30 March, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada

** City Show demonstration event featuring all drivers:
19h15-21h30, Wednesday 29 March
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Ponta Delgada **

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