Flying to Fafe: ERC facts and figures
With the start of round six of the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship just days away, here are some Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras facts and figures.
What: 2021 FIA European Rally Championship round 6 of 8*
When: October 1-3, 2021
Where: Fafe, Portugal
Stage distance: 197.08 kilometres
Liaison distance: 490.74 kilometres
Total distance: 687.82 kilometres
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 0 (new event for 2021)
*Also counting for: FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams. ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory incentives available
2020: Armindo Araújo/Luís Ramalho (Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo)*
2019: Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (Hyundai i20 R5)*
2018: Ricardo Moura/António Costa (Ford Fiesta R5)*
2017: Pedro Meireles/Mário Castro (Škoda Fabia R5)*
2016: José Pedro Fontes/Inês Ponte (Citroën DS3 R5)*
RALLY SERRAS DE FAFE E FELGUEIRAS FIVE FACTS:
1: Rallying is such a big deal in Fafe that the town houses its own museum celebrating the sport’s long-standing link to the region, the Museu do Rali.
2: And Lameirinha – complete with the iconic Pedra Sentada jump – is the stage that’s intrinsically linked to Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras and Portugal’s world championship counter.
3: As well as winning the Azores Rallye more times than any of his rivals, Fernando Peres holds the record for the most victories on what is now Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras with six wins. Bruno Magalhães and Carlos Bica are equal second on the list having both triumphed on three occasions.
4: Fafe isn’t just home to mainland Portugal’s round of the ERC, it’s also home to leading co-driver Hugo Magalhães, who received special recognition last October for his achievements in rallying and the ambassadorial role he performs for Fafe. He partners former ERC3 Junior regular Pedro Almeida.
5: Mário Castro was at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R2T when the ERC visited Fafe last October for Rally Fafe Montelongo. The local resident will return to co-driving duty when Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras takes place, linking up with Pedro Meireles for the national section of the event.
Photo: Hyundai Motorsport