The tranquil Montalegre in the north of Portugal is the venue for the second race on 28 and 29 April. About 1,000 meters above sea level, the weather has played a few pranks over the past years.
Ekström beats Loeb

In 2015 and 2016, the race in Montalegre was more of a mud and rain festival than a motorsport event, and then last year in warm summer temperatures, it was a dust bath. Mattias Ekström made the best of last year’s conditions and kept the nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb at bay on his way to claiming victory.

Race facts

Montalegre is home to just 1,800 inhabitants, but the Portuguese motorsport enthusiasts flock to the track in droves and turn the small place into a colourful rallycross festival every year.

The circuit has it all: at first glance, the layout promises only a few challenges with a long start-finish straight. But the devil is in the details. The joker section at the end of the straight offers little grip. In the subsequent weave of turns, the extremely high curbs do not leave any room for error. In addition, overtaking is almost impossible.

The circuit in Montalegre is 1.010 kilometres long and is 60 percent asphalt and 40 percent gravel.