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Rally Portugal: Rally Route

Organisers have made many changes since 2007 and more than 52 per cent of the competitive distance is new, including two all-new stage venues. The rally is again based at Estadio Algarve, just outside the holiday resort of Faro, which was built...

Organisers have made many changes since 2007 and more than 52 per cent of the competitive distance is new, including two all-new stage venues. The rally is again based at Estadio Algarve, just outside the holiday resort of Faro, which was built for the 2004 European Soccer Championships. As well as hosting the single service park, the stadium complex also holds a super special stage to begin the action on Thursday evening and a repeat test to end the event on Sunday afternoon. The bulk of the stages are based in the Serra do Caldeirão hills, north of Faro. Each leg comprises two identical loops of stages split by a return to the service park. The second leg is the longest and most northerly of the three days. Drivers tackle 18 stages covering 361.36km in a route of 1164.99km. <pre> RALLY DE PORTUGAL ROUND 4 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2 - 5 April 2009

Thursday 2 April: Day 1 Faro - Faro Start Faro 16.45 SS1 Estadio Algarve 1 2.21km 16.50 Finish Faro 17.00

Friday 3 April: Day 1 (continued) Faro - Faro Serv A Algarve Stadium (15 mins) 09.10 SS2 Ourique 1 23.42km 10.20 SS3 Silves 1 21.54km 11.17 SS4 Malhão 1 22.04km 12.00 Serv B Algarve Stadium (30 mins) 13.35 SS5 Ourique 2 23.42km 15.00 SS6 Silves 2 21.54km 15.57 SS7 Malhão 2 22.04km 16.40 Serv C Algarve Stadium (45 mins) 18.00 Finish Faro 18.45 Total 136.21km

Saturday 4 April: Day 2 Faro - Faro Serv D Algarve Stadium (15 mins) 08.40 SS8 Santa Clara 1 22.61km 09.55 SS9 Almodovar 1 27.18km 10.30 SS10 Vascão 1 22.80km 11.40 Serv E Algarve Stadium (30 mins) 13.20 SS11 Santa Clara 2 22.61km 14.50 SS12 Almodovar 2 27.18km 15.25 SS13 Vascão 2 22.80km 16.35 Serv F Algarve Stadium (45 mins) 18.00 Finish Faro 18.45 Total 145.18km

Sunday 5 April: Day 3 Faro - Faro Serv G Algarve Stadium (15 mins) 06.50 SS14 Loule 1 22.65km 07.50 SS15 S. Bras Alportel 1 16.23km 08.45 Serv H Algarve Stadium (30 mins) 10.01 SS16 Loule 2 22.65km 11.16 SS17 S. Bras Alportel 2 16.23km 12.11 Serv I Algarve Stadium (10 mins) 13.15 SS18 Estadio Algarve 2 2.21km 14.00 Finish Faro 14.10 Total 79.97km

Rally total 361.36km

-credit: ford

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