Welshman Elfyn Evans (Toyota) is the winner of the 54th edition of the Portugal Rally, which ended in the early afternoon of this past Sunday, May 23, in Fafe.
Evans, who had jumped to the lead the previous afternoon, benefited from problems with the right rear suspension of Estonian Ott Tänak's Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC, finishing 28.3 seconds ahead of second-placed Spaniard Dani Sordo.
Frenchman Sébastien Ogier, also racing for Toyota, finished in third place and is still the leader of the World Championship classification, with 79 points after this fourth race in the calendar. Evans is second, with 77.
Portugal, the right choice for major events, will host again in 2022
After the success of such events as Formula 1 and Moto GP, Portugal continues to organise major motorized sporting events, not only because of the renowned organisational skills but also because of the good handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months.
The president of Automóvel Clube de Portugal (ACP), organizer of the Portuguese rally, said that "the Portuguese people are to be congratulated" for its contribution to the race's success.
"International sports authorities were once again amazed at how Portugal does things so well. They were thrilled with the way our rally took place. For this reason, my congratulations go out to all the Portuguese people who contributed to this event", said the person in charge of the organisation, Carlos Barbosa, to the press.
The ACP president recalled that the event was planned for six months with the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the National Republican Guard (GNR), to whom he thanked for a job he considered "exceptional". "We were able to comply with the safety rules that were envisaged. I am delighted from a sport and social standpoint", he added.
Barbosa recalled that, for 2022, the Portugal Rally is already pencilled in the world's competition calendar and showed confidence that, keeping up with the good organisation and the public's exceptional behaviour, the event may well return in the coming years. "Once again, we proved to the whole world that Portugal excels at great events like these. In addition to our organisation, we have an audience that helps us make sure everything runs smoothly. When this is the case, it is not difficult to organise events of this dimension", he concluded.
World Rally Championship: 2022 will be more sustainable with the switch to hybrid engines
When the current World Rally Championship cars get to the finish line at the Fafe Power Stage, motor racing fans will have heard, for the last time, the sound of engines exclusively made for internal combustion. The move to hybrid engines in 2022 will usher in a new era for the competition, with more sustainable engines, in line with what is now seen in the consumer automotive industry.
The new cars will be called Rally1 and will show substantial changes in several facets, from aerodynamics to technical components. The use of standard, less expensive parts is promoted under the new rules. This will level the playing field and make driver's skills even more important.
It won't be long now: the next event of this World Cup is scheduled for June 3-6, in Sardinia, Italy.