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Rally-Raid Portugal 2024: Bruno Santos ready for the bp Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal

Rally-Raid Portugal 2024: Bruno Santos ready for the bp Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal

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After being in the Góis region of Beira three days ago to take part in the second round of the National Cross Country Championship, Bruno Santos is already in Grândola, ready to take part in the bp Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal, the third round of the World Championship. Starting tomorrow, the five-day event will take in the Alentejo coast, Ribatejo and Spanish Extremadura.

This time the Momento TT-backed rider will be at the controls of a rally bike, a Husqvarna 450 Rally. It will be another great challenge that will bring together some of the best national and international riders in the sport.

"We have already gone through the technical and administrative checks. We've also had the chance to do a little shakedown. We just need to fine-tune a few details, because after riding a smaller bike we're going into this race with a bigger rally bike. Tomorrow we have the prologue and the first special test. I feel good and prepared. I'm very excited for the race to start, to ride and to see what our level is, if we're going to be able to compete with all these great national and international riders. The paddock is very nice. Congratulations to the ACP. A lot of teams are here, it's a great turnout for both the bike and car races. It's a great opportunity for the Portuguese to see such a good race at close quarters, with great riders. The level is much higher here," says the Torres Vedras rider, number 40, expectant and motivated.

As for his ambitions for the bp Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal, he adds: "I'd really like to get a good result in the Rally 2 category, I'll do my best to try and get on the podium in this class. There are a lot of professional drivers in this category who dedicate themselves to it all year round and who have done the World Championship. My situation isn't quite like that, but I'm racing here on relatively familiar terrain, I'm used to racing in Portugal, to these terrains with lots of water, big puddles and I'm hoping to surprise the other riders and try to get a good result from here. The navigation can also bring some challenges, some complications, because there will probably be a lot of notes, a lot of entries, and a lot of options on the tracks. Having won the National Rally Raid Championship twice, I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes with these international drivers. We'll try to fight and get ahead of them".

It should be noted that in January, Bruno Santos finished on the podium in the opening round of the World Championship, the Dakar Rally, finishing the competition in second place in the Rookie Ranking, the ranking for newcomers to what is considered the "Olympic Games" of the sport. In this year's edition, he also finished in the top 20 in Rally 2 and in the top 30 overall.

The bp Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal is an absolute novelty in the motorsport calendar. It is organised under the auspices of the ACP - Automóvel Club de Portugal. It is part of the World Rally Raid Championship for the first time. It is the third event of the season. The event, which starts tomorrow and runs until next Sunday, 7 April, will be held in the town of Grândola, in the district of Setúbal. Over five days, the bp Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal will cover 1,000 technical kilometres on different surfaces: from the vast Alentejo beaches to the Ribatejo roads, without forgetting the Spanish tracks. Tomorrow, 3 April, the riders will tackle a total of 171.12 kilometres, 100 of which will be timed.

 

Automatic translation of the Portuguese version available on www.todoterreno.pt
Source: Bruno Santos official press release

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