Baja Oeste 2023: One month for the "most western race" in Portugal (and Europe)
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The western region of Portugal will host another edition of the Baja Oeste de Portugal from October 6 to 8, organized by Escuderia de Castelo Branco and valid for the FIM Bajas World Cup, Baja European Championship, National Cross-Country Open Championship, and Yamaha YXZ100R Cup in the case of motorcycles and in the case of cars for the Portuguese Cross-Country Rallyes Championship.
The route will run through the municipalities of Torres Vedras, Bombarral, Cadaval, Azambuja, Alenquer, Óbidos and Sobral de Monte Agraço. The route will be kept secret until the start of the event. For the participants racing in the Moto competition, which includes the SSV teams racing in the national competition, only the SSVs will have a RoadBook for the selective sectors, while for the liaisons, the organizers will deliver a RoadBook to all participants. The cars will have roadbooks for all sections as usual. The route will be marked using arrows, plastic tape, and some other signs.
For motorcycles, the race starts at around 3 p.m. on Friday, with the 6.50km prologue in Campelos, Cadaval. On Saturday, the motorcycle participants will have to race the special stage that will take them from Cadaval to Sobral de Monte Agraço, with a total length of 235.50km. On Sunday, the race program will be a little less extensive, as SS2, which will start in Sobrena (Cadaval) and finish in Casais de Britos (Azambuja), will be just 150 km long. In total, the participants will have to cover 501.57km, of which 385.5 will be in competition and the rest will be liaison sections.
The detailed program for the cars is not yet known, but if it remains the same as in previous years, it should work in the opposite way to the program for the motorcycles. In this case, the prologue will be held on Saturday morning, followed in the afternoon by the shortest special of just 150 kms, with the longest special of 235.5 kms taking place on Sunday.
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