2018 Rally de España

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2018 Rally de España
54. RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada
Round 12 of 13 in the 2018 World Rally Championship
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Host country  Spain
Rally base Salou, Tarragona
Dates run 25 – 28 October 2018
Start location Montjuïc, Barcelona
Finish location Salou, Tarragona
Stages 18 (331.58 km; 206.03 miles)
Stage surface Tarmac and gravel
Transport distance 1,132.79 km (703.88 miles)
Overall distance 1,464.37 km (909.92 miles)
Crews registered 76

The 2018 Rally de España (formally known as the 54. RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada)[1] is a motor racing event for rally cars that is due to take place between 25 and 28 October. The event is open to entries competing in World Rally Cars and cars complying with Group R regulations. It marks the fifty-fourth running of Rally Catalunya and is the twelfth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, the highest class of competition in international rallying.[2] Seventy-six crews, including manufacturer teams and privateers, were entered to compete in the World Rally Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship-2 and FIA World Rally Championship-3 support series and the Spanish national Rally Championship and Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica championship.[a] The 2018 event is based in Salou in Tarragona and consists of eighteen special stages. The rally covers a total competitive distance of a 331.58 km (206.03 miles) and an additional 1,132.79 km (703.88 miles) in transport stages.[4]

The rally marks Volkswagen's return to the World Championship with a factory-supported team after the company withdrew from the category in 2016. Volkswagen Motorsport will enter two Volkswagen Polo GTIs built to Group R5 specificstions in the World Rally Championship-2 support series.[5] They will be driven by 2003 World Drivers' Champion Petter Solberg and M-Sport regular Eric Camilli.[1][6]

Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are the reigning rally winners, but will not defend their win after Meeke was fired by Citroën.[7] The Finnish crew of Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula are the reigning winners of the World Rally Championship-2, but will not defend their title as they will compete in the World Rally Championship class. Nil Solans and Miquel Ibáñez Sotos are the regining World Rally Championship-3 winners, but Marc Martí will replace Ibáñez Sotos as Solans' co-driver in the WRC-2 category.

Background[edit]

Championship standings prior to the event[edit]

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul enter the round as the leaders of the World Rally Championship for Drivers and the World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers respectively. They hold a seven-point lead over defending World Champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia.[8] Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja were third, a further fourteen points behind. In the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT hold a twenty-point lead over Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT.

In the World Rally Championship-2 standings, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler lead the drivers' and co-drivers' standings by fourteen points. Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson are in second place, but they will not contest the rally. Tidemand is forty-one points ahead of privateers Gus Greensmith in the drivers' standings, while Andersson holds a forty-six points lead over Jonne Halttunen in the co-drivers' standings. Škoda Motorsport II hold a forty-twenty-point lead over sister team Škoda Motorsport in the teams' championship.

Junior World Rally Champion Emil Bergkvist leads the World Rally Championship-3 drivers' standings, three points clear of Taisko Lario. Denis Rådström is another three points behind in third. In the World Rally Championship-3 co-drivers' standings, Tatu Hämäläinen leads Johan Johansson by three ponits, while Romain Courbon is slender one point further behind. In the teams' championship, ACI Team Italia lead Castrol Ford Team Turkiye by sixteen points.

Entry list[edit]

The following crews are enter into the rally. The entry list consists of seventy-six crews, including thirteen World Rally Car entries, twenty-one entries in the World Rally Championship-2 and four in the World Rally Championship-3.

No. Entrant Driver Co-Driver Car Group Eligibility[b] Tyre
1 United Kingdom M-Sport Ford WRT France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
2 United Kingdom M-Sport Ford WRT United Kingdom Elfyn Evans United Kingdom Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
3 United Kingdom M-Sport Ford WRT Finland Teemu Suninen Finland Mikko Markkula Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
4 South Korea Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Anders Jæger-Synnevaag Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
5 South Korea Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
6 South Korea Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Spain Dani Sordo Spain Carlos del Barrio Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
7 Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
8 Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Martin Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
9 Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Finland Esapekka Lappi Finland Janne Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
10 France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
11 France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Republic of Ireland Craig Breen United Kingdom Scott Martin Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
12 France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT United Arab Emirates Khalid Al-Qassimi United Kingdom Chris Patterson Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC manufacturer M
31 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport II Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Czech Republic Pavel Dresler Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
32 Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport II Finland Kalle Rovanperä Finland Jonne Halttunen Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
33 Finland Printsport Poland Łukasz Pieniążek Poland Przemysław Mazur Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
34 Italy ACI Team Italia WRC Italy Fabio Andolfi Italy Simone Scattolin Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
35 South Korea Hyundai Motorsport Finland Jari Huttunen Finland Antti Linnaketo Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
36 France Citroën Total Rallye Team Norway Ole Christian Veiby Norway Stig Rune Skjærmoen Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
37 France Citroën Total Rallye Team France Stéphane Lefebvre France Gabin Moreau Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
38 Italy BRC Racing Team France Pierre-Louis Loubet France Vincent Landais Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
39 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Racing Japan Takamoto Katsuta Finland Marko Salminen Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
40 Poland Lotos Rally Team Poland Kajetan Kajetanowicz Poland Maciej Szczepaniak Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
41 Romania Simone Tempestini Romania Simone Tempestini Romania Sergio Itu Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
42 Italy Motorsport Italia Mexico Benito Guerra Spain Borja Rozada Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
43 United States Hoonigan Racing Division United States Ken Block United States Alex Gelsomino Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC
44 Spain Nil Solans Spain Nil Solans Spain Marc Martí Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 P
45 Turkey Toksport WRT United Kingdom Chris Ingram United Kingdom Ross Whittock Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
46 Bolivia Marco Bulacia Wilkinson Bolivia Marco Bulacia Wilkinson Argentina Fernando Mussano Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2 D
47 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport France Eric Camilli France Benjamin Veillas Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
48 Spain José Antonio Suárez Spain José Antonio Suárez Spain Cándido Carrera Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
49 Turkey Toksport WRT Norway Henning Solberg Austria Ilka Minor-Petrasko Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
50 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport Norway Petter Solberg Norway Veronica Gulbæk Engan Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
51 France Michel Sylvain France Michel Sylvain Flag of None.svg TBA Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
52 Spain Sports & you Spain Jose Maria López Spain Borja Rozada Citroën C3 R5 RC2 WRC-2 M
61 Finland Taisko Lario Finland Taisko Lario Finland Tatu Hämäläinen Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 WRC-3 P
62 Italy Enrico Brazzoli Italy Enrico Brazzoli Italy Luca Beltrame Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 WRC-3 P
63 United Kingdom Louise Cook United Kingdom Louise Cook United Kingdom Stefan Davis Ford Fiesta R2 RC4 WRC-3 M
64 Belgium Amaury Molle Belgium Amaury Molle Belgium Renaud Herman Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 WRC-3 M
81 Spain Escudería Osona Spain Albert Orriols Spain Lluis Pujolar Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 N/A
82 United Kingdom Rhys Yates United Kingdom Rhys Yates United Kingdom Elliott Edmondson Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 N/A M
83 France Jean-Michel Raoux France Jean-Michel Raoux France Laurent Magat Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 N/A
84 Republic of Ireland Eamonn Boland Republic of Ireland Eamonn Boland Republic of Ireland Michael Joseph Morrissey Ford Fiesta R2 RC2 N/A M
85 Italy Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio Italy Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio Italy Fabio Salis Peugeot 208 T16 R5 RC2 N/A D
86 Netherlands Henk Bakkenes Netherlands Henk Bakkenes Belgium Cindy Verbaeten Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 N/A P
87 Spain Zamudio Racing Elkartea Spain Efrén Llarena Spain Sara Fernández Peugeot 308 N5 N5 National M
88 Spain Renault Sport España Spain Fran Cima Artime Spain Diego Sanjuan Renault Clio N5 N5 National M
89 Spain RMC Motorsport Spain Roberto Rozada Spain Yeray Mújica Ford Fiesta N5 N5 National M
90 Spain Zamudio Racing Elkartea Spain Mariano Parés Carrió Spain Pere Requena Palomares Ford Fiesta N5 N5 National M
91 Austria Michael Kogler Austria Michael Kogler Germany André Kachel Citroën DS3 R3T RC3 N/A P
92 France Équipe de France FFSA Rally France Jean-Baptiste Franceschi France Romain Courbon Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 N/A M
93 United Kingdom Tom Williams United Kingdom Tom Williams United Kingdom Phil Hall Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 N/A P
94 Spain Escudería Motor Terrassa Spain Jan Solans Spain Mauro Barreiro Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National, Peugeot Rally Cup P
95 Spain RACC Motorsport Spain Josep Bassas Mas Spain Manel Muñoz Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National, Peugeot Rally Cup P
96 Spain Escudería A. Ferrol Spain José Maria Reyes González Spain José Antonio Vázquez Barrán Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National, Peugeot Rally Cup P
97 Spain Gamace MC Competición Spain Roberto Blach Jr. Spain José Murado Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National, Peugeot Rally Cup P
98 Spain Escudería Berberecho Spain Álvaro Pérez Abeijon Spain Brais Mirón Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 National, Peugeot Rally Cup P
99 Spain Escudería Drago Rallye Spain Julio Martínez Cazorla Spain Diego Corta Ford Fiesta R2 RC4 National P
100 Portugal MCoutinho Racing Portugal Diogo Gago Portugal Miguel Ramalho Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
101 Portugal Hugo Lopes Portugal Hugo Lopes Portugal Nuno Mota Ribeiro Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
102 Portugal Pedro Antunes Portugal Pedro Antunes Portugal Paulo Lopes Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
103 Portugal Ricardo Sousa Portugal Ricardo Sousa Portugal Luís Marques Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
104 Spain Escudería Aterura Spain Iván Medina Herrera Spain Ariday Bonilla Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
105 Spain FMC-UCAV Racing Engineering Spain Alberto San Segundo Spain Juan Luis García Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
106 Portugal Paulo Moreira Portugal Paulo Moreira Portugal Marco Macedo Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
107 United Kingdom Nabila Tejpar United Kingdom Nabila Tejpar United Kingdom Max Freeman Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 Peugeot Rally Cup P
108 Argentina Luciano Bonomi Argentina Luciano Bonomi Argentina Laureano Grigera Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
109 Spain Gamace MC Competición Spain Oriol Gómez Marco Spain Axel Coronado Jiménez Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
110 Spain GC Motorsport Spain Abel Torrelles Spain Xavier Carulla Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
111 Spain Escudería Motor Terrassa Spain Miquel Labarias Cortés Spain Cristian Muñoz Guil Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
112 Spain GC Motorsport Spain Alberto Cotano Spain Andreu Pascual Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
113 Spain C.D. El Mentidero Racing Tías Spain Alexis Romero Hernández Spain Martín Domínguez Cedrés Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
114 France Luc Gellusseau France Luc Gellusseau France Charles-Antoine De Joux Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
115 France Philippe Gomez France Philippe Gomez France Gilles Combe Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A
116 Italy Carlo Covi Italy Carlo Covi Italy Simone Angi Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 N/A P
117 Italy Paolo Raviglione Italy Paolo Raviglione Italy Marco Demontis Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 N/A
118 Spain Motor Club Sabadell Spain Anna Tallada Bayot Spain Laura Camps Trabal Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 N/A
Source:[1]

Itinerary[edit]

Date No. Stage name Stage surface Distance Time span Location
25 October Icon tools.svg Service park – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
Salou [Shakedown] Tarmac and gravel 2.97 km After 08:00 Salou, Tarragona
Icon tools.svg Service park – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
Ceremonial start – Podium Salou 13:15 - 15:15 Salou, Tarragona
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup – Barcelona 15:15 - 18:05 Montjuïc, Barcelona
Leg 1 — Terra Alta — 144.88 km
SS1 Barcelona Tarmac 3.20 km After 18:08 Montjuïc, Barcelona
Parking icon.svg Parking – PortAventura After 20:08 Salou, Tarragona
26 October Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 08:00 - 08:15 Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
SS2 Gandesa 1 Gravel 7.00 km After 09:33 Gandesa, Terra Alta
SS3 Pesells 1 Gravel 26.59 km After 10:06 Bot, Terra Alta
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Remote refuel – Restaurant Coll del Moro Bot, Terra Alta
SS4 La Fatarella - Vilalba 1 Gravel 38.85 km After 11:20 La Fatarella, Terra Alta
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup and Technical Zone 13:15 - 13:35
Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 13:35 - 14:05 Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
SS5 Gandesa 2 Gravel 7.00 km After 15:23 Gandesa, Terra Alta
SS6 Pesells 2 Gravel 26.59 km After 15:56 Bot, Terra Alta
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Remote refuel – Restaurant Coll del Moro Bot, Terra Alta
SS7 La Fatarella - Vilalba 2 Gravel 38.85 km After 17:10 La Fatarella, Terra Alta
Icon tools.svg Flexiservice– Service park PortAventura After 19:20 Salou, Tarragona
Parking icon.svg Parking – PortAventura Before 23:59[c] Salou, Tarragona
27 October Leg 2 — Conca de Barberà and Tarragona — 121.80 km
Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 06:45 - 07:00 Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
SS8 Savallà 1 Tarmac 14.12 km After 08:23 Savallà del Comtat, Conca de Barberà
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Remote refuel – Santa Coloma de Queralt Santa Coloma de Queralt, Conca de Barberà
SS9 Querol 1 Tarmac 21.26 km After 09:08 Querol, Conca de Barberà
SS10 El Montmell 1 Tarmac 24.40 km After 10:08 El Montmell, Conca de Barberà
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup and Technical Zone – PortAventura 11:33 - 11:43 Salou, Tarragona
Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 11:43 - 12:13 Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
SS11 Savallà 2 Tarmac 14.12 km After 13:28 Savallà del Comtat, Conca de Barberà
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Remote refuel – Santa Coloma de Queralt Santa Coloma de Queralt, Conca de Barberà
SS12 Querol 2 Tarmac 21.26 km After 14:10 Querol, Conca de Barberà
SS13 El Montmell 2 Tarmac 24.40 km After 15:08 El Montmell, Conca de Barberà
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup – Salou 16:42 - 16:57 Salou, Tarragona
SS14 Salou Tarmac 2.24 km After 17:00 Salou, Tarragona
Icon tools.svg Flexiservice– Service park PortAventura After 17:30 Salou, Tarragona
Parking icon.svg Parking – PortAventura Before 21:30[c] Salou, Tarragona
28 October Leg 3 — Tarragona — 61.70 km
Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 06:45 - 07:00 Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
SS15 Riudecanyes 1 Tarmac 16.35 km After 07:35 Riudecanyes, Tarragona
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup – Mont-roig del Camp 08:06 - 08:16 Salou, Tarragona
SS16 Santa Marina 1 Tarmac 14.50 km After 08:38 Riudecanyes, Tarragona
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup and Technical Zone – PortAventura 09:35 - 09:45 Salou, Tarragona
Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 09:45 - 10:15 Salou, Tarragona
Maki1-fuel-15.svg Refuel – PortAventura Salou, Tarragona
SS17 Riudecanyes 2 Tarmac 16.35 km After 10:50 Riudecanyes, Tarragona
Modern clock chris kemps 01.svg Regroup – Mont-roig del Camp 08:06 - 08:16 Salou, Tarragona
SS18 Santa Marina 2 [Power Stage] Tarmac 14.50 km After 12:18 Riudecanyes, Tarragona
Icon tools.svg Service park – Service park PortAventura 13:41 - 13:51 Salou, Tarragona
Chequered flag.png Ceremonial finish – Podium Salou After 14:51 Salou, Tarragona
Source:[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only the first leg of the rally counts towards the Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica championship.[3]
  2. ^ Competitors competing in national events are variously eligible to score points in the N5 RMC Cup and Beca Júnior R2 RFEdA championships.
  3. ^ a b The time limitation is for all classified cars, excluding re-starting crews.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rally RACC Catalunya 2018 Entry List" (PDF). rallyracc.com. rallyracc.com. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Rally Aus retains WRC finale in 2018". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "54. RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada 2018". ewrc-results.com. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ "RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España". wrc.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ Beer, Matt (8 October 2018). "VW reveals WRC2 Polo livery for one-off Rally Spain works return". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ Evans, David. "Solberg to make WRC return in Spain". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Meeke nets win". wrc.com. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Ogier wins final day duel with Latvala in Britain". speedcafe.com. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Rally RACC Catalunya 2018 Itinerary" (PDF). rallyracc.com. rallyracc.com. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.

External links[edit]

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