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FIA-FIM World Championships: Rally Transibérico returns to the calendar
Eric Vigouroux - Protruck - Rally Estoril Marrakech 2010
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FIA-FIM World Championships: Rally Transibérico returns to the calendar

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Iberian Peninsula will host the European Round of W2RC 2024
Race will take place both in Portugal and Spain


Far away goes the year 2009, the year in which the last race was competed in under the name of Rally Transibérico. In 2010, Transibérico gave way to the larger Estoril Marrakech Rally, which, after a few days of racing in Portugal, across the Alentejo and the Algarve regions, headed to the north of Africa for the last specials.

The 2011 edition of the race, which should have been called Rali TT Portugal 1000, would not go to the road, ending a long sequence of events initially organized by Clube Aventura with the various editions of the Baja 1000, which would later come to "grow" for the Rally Transibérico already by the hand of the ACP.

The return of the FIA Cross-Country Rally Championship to Portugal was scheduled for the year 2021, when the BP Ultimate Portugal Cross-Country Rally was scheduled, but then the pandemic showed up, and the race was, in a first phase, postponed and then definitively cancelled. This edition should have had specials in the Algarve, Alentejo, and Ribatejo, returning to very famous areas in the history of the Baja 1000 and Transiberian Rally.


In 2024, Portugal and Spain will again have a joint race in the FIA-FIM World Championships, after in the most recent editions of this competition only Spain hosted an event valid for these competitions, more specifically in Andalusia, where for two years the Rally Andalusia was held, but no new edition of the race is planned, probably due to the lack of the necessary conditions in the region to organize a race with the dimensions and characteristics required to integrate the World Championship.


The race now announced will be part of the FIM Rally-Raid World Championship (motos) and also the FIA Rally-Raid World Championship (cars), thus becoming part of the W2RC program designed by ASO - the promoter of the championship, bringing together motorcycles and cars in the same races. Thus, both the big names in motorcycles and cars are expected, both in teams and drivers, and it is expected to join a large caravan of European drivers who are familiar with the terrain and local conditions.


It is known that the organization is already working on the preparation of the race, but any details of it are unknown for the time being. The edition that was scheduled for 2021 was based in Grândola, so this city could be part of the plans of the organization once again; however, there are several other cities that can host the race from both the Portuguese and Spanish sides, such as Évora, Elvas, or Badajoz. The race will be held from April 2 to April 7, with predictably the first day being dedicated to the usual formalities, the second to the prologue, and the remaining special stages in Portugal and Spain.
If the organizers keep the plan that was prepared for 2021, the participants will travel through the Portuguese regions of Algarve, Alentejo, and Ribatejo, and once the race crosses the border, it is very likely that the Spanish region of Extremadura will also host some stages due to its proximity to Portugal. However,  only when the organization reveals the full program can we have certainty.

 

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