Rally Portugal 2022
Lube and auger work by piece
The two most successful drivers in the discipline’s history find themselves on the Portuguese tracks. Sebastien Loeb, who in Monte Carlo became the biggest winner of the world championship at the age of forty-seven, was very slightly ahead of his rival.
After three rallies, the French are back behind the wheel in this first gravel meeting of the season.
Sebastien Loeb has a tough job ahead, as the nine-time champion will be among the first to start on Friday, and if conditions remain dry, consistency will be poor.
“I’m fourth on the road, and road cleaning is always a challenge in this kind of event if the weather is dry. I don’t really know what to expect, so the first day should be good.
For the rest, we’ll see where we’ll be. One day of testing isn’t much when it’s your first time driving a car on gravel, but I was happy with the feeling at the end.” Loeb said on the official website.
Eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier is chasing his sixth victory in this rally.
“Portugal has always been special to me. It would be different if I didn’t start among the first and hopefully that works in my favor if it doesn’t rain.
The biggest challenge will be finding the rhythm immediately after just one day of gravel testing. However, these cars are new to everyone on this surface.” He adds.
Facing them we find phenomenon and championship leader Kali Rovanpera, Ott Tanak, Elvin Evans, Greg Brin, Adrien Formo, Thierry Nouvel and others Danny Sordo.
Rally Portugal is based in the coastal town of Matosinhos. After starting Thursday night in Coimbra, the contestants will face twenty-one stages with a total of 338.34 kilometers of action in northern and central Portugal. The event will conclude on Sunday afternoon after a final that promises to be exciting on the emblematic roads of Fafe.