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2019-02-26T23:06:23+02:00February 27th, 2019|2019, Azores Rallye|

Action from one of international rallying’s most spectacular special stages […]

Action from one of international rallying’s most spectacular special stages will be broadcast live when the Azores Rallye opens the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship season next month.

Sete Cidades, which takes crews along the rim of a spectacular volcanic crater lake, is one of four individual stages set for live coverage on RTP Açores, plus live streaming on the official ERC website,, and social media channels.

Described as one of the greatest spectacles in sport by 2015 Azores Rallye winner and world championship podium finisher Craig Breen, Sete Cidades will be run twice on Friday 22 March with both visits broadcast as they happen and featuring breath-taking helicopter camera footage from the Eurosport Events production team.

However, before viewers will be treated to the stunning Sete Cidades, they can enjoy the battle on the streets of Ponta Delgada, where the City Show – a series of non-competitive demo runs from all crews – takes place on the evening of Wednesday 20 March.

On Thursday 21 March, fans can then watch live the event-opening Coroa da Mata stage before being treated to action from the Marques superspecial, which runs through the amphitheatre of a quarry.

As well as the two visits to Sete Cidades, Friday’s live programming also includes the return to the Marques superspecial.

Live coverage from Tronqueira, which hosts the second stage on Saturday 23 March and the rally’s deciding test that afternoon, will be the focus of leg three’s live output, which concludes with the podium finish in Ponta Delgada in early evening.

ERC Azores Rallye live coverage refresher (all timings CET-2, subject to change)

Wednesday 20 March
20h25-23h00: City Show

Thursday 21 March
15h00-19h00: Coroa da Mata (SS1, from 15h28) and SSS Marques 1 (SS3, 16h31)

Friday 22 March
10h30-12h58: Sete Cidades 1 (SS5, from 10h39)
14h30-19h00: Sete Cidades 2 (SS8, from 14h38) and SSS Marques 2 (SS10, 16h26)

Saturday 23 March
10h20-12h30: Tronqueira 1 (SS12, from 10h26)
15h40-19h00: Tronqueira 2 (SS15, from 15h52), final-stage stop line and podium (from 18h10)