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Rally of Portugal
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Portugal was originally run on mixed surfaces with short tarmac leg on Sintra forests and most of the rally on gravel to the north. As Sintra was very close to Lisboa, capital of Portugal, the crowds were huge and true to latin traditions, very eager to see the cars.

Already in 1979 Martin Holmes reported that huge crowds at Sintra virtually prevented any competitive driving, drivers only tackling the stages to get through to latter part of the route. Bull-fighting with rally cars was a dangerous hobby and in 1986 local driver Joaquim Santos' Group B Ford RS200 left the road and ploughed into crowd, killing three. Having seen the footage I must say it was a small miracle that number of fatalities remained that low. Full account of the events can be found in 1986 edition of the rally.

Problem was not only the number of the masses but their behaviour too. Admittedly in Monte Carlo spectators did shovel snow on the route to make cars go off but in Portugal stones were thrown at cars and various obstacles placed on the road, the human wall of spectators not being the least one.

There are plenty of famous places in Portugal. Sintra was one until it was dropped, Arganil stages are another but perhaps the most filmed place is the giant jump at Fafe. Film fails to fully capture majesty of this barren place, as seen on right.

Last time Rally of Portugal was run on WRC level in 2001. Plagued by bad weather, event was full of rain, mud and in places very thick fog. This was used as an excuse and event was dropped in favour of Rally Deutschland. However, organisers did not give up and for 2007 completely revised event made a return, this time based south in Algarve.

Old rally plates
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Old plate with Portugal airline TAP as title sponsor. Used from 1994 until 2001.

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Official rally website

Previous winners
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 1973:   Therier, Jean-Luc   Renault-Alpine A110 1800   69.68 km/h 
 1974:   Pinto, Raffaele   Fiat 124 Abarth Spider   70.52 km/h 
 1975:   Alen, Markku   Fiat 124 Abarth Spider   77.59 km/h 
 1976:   Munari, Sandro   Lancia Stratos HF   82.59 km/h 
 1977:   Alen, Markku   Fiat 131 Abarth   80.42 km/h 
 1978:   Alen, Markku   Fiat 131 Abarth   77.20 km/h 
 1979:   Mikkola, Hannu   Ford Escort RS1800   79.62 km/h 
 1980:   Rohrl, Walter   Fiat 131 Abarth   76.87 km/h 
 1981:   Alen, Markku   Fiat 131 Abarth   80.52 km/h 
 1982:   Mouton, Michele   Audi quattro   83.17 km/h 
 1983:   Mikkola, Hannu   Audi quattro A1   88.20 km/h 
 1984:   Mikkola, Hannu   Audi quattro A2   89.97 km/h 
 1985:   Salonen, Timo   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   89.92 km/h 
 1986:   Moutinho, Joaquim   Renault 5 Turbo   84.00 km/h 
 1987:   Alen, Markku   Lancia Delta HF 4WD   83.71 km/h 
 1988:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta Integrale   87.46 km/h 
 1989:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta Integrale   85.18 km/h 
 1990:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v   86.39 km/h 
 1991:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica GT-4 (ST165)   85.97 km/h 
 1992:   Kankkunen, Juha   Lancia Delta HF Integrale   90.06 km/h 
 1993:   Delecour, Francois   Ford Escort RS Cosworth   88.60 km/h 
 1994:   Kankkunen, Juha   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   90.05 km/h 
 1995:   Sainz, Carlos   Subaru Impreza 555   84.25 km/h 
 1997:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV   86.90 km/h 
 1998:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza WRC98   87.41 km/h 
 1999:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus WRC   87.63 km/h 
 2000:   Burns, Richard   Subaru Impreza WRC2000   87.23 km/h 
 2001:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5   79.63 km/h 
 2007:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   91.74 km/h 
 2009:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   92.97 km/h 
 2010:   Ogier, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   92.18 km/h 
 2011:   Ogier, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   92.16 km/h 
 2012:   Ostberg, Mads   Ford Fiesta RS WRC   84.61 km/h 
 2013:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   93.70 km/h 
 2014:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   93.03 km/h 
Fafe giant jump
Famous giant jump at Fafe
mud and rain in 2001
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Muddy edition of 2001 was to be the last one Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
speccies
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There has never been lack of spectators in Portugal, quite the contrary Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Alen, Markku (5)
  Ogier, Sebastien (4)
  Biasion, Massimo (3)
  Mikkola, Hannu (3)
  Kankkunen, Juha (2)
  Loeb, Sebastien (2)
  Makinen, Tommi (2)
  McRae, Colin (2)
  Sainz, Carlos (2)
  Burns, Richard (1)
  Delecour, Francois (1)
  Moutinho, Joaquim (1)
  Mouton, Michele (1)
  Munari, Sandro (1)
  Ostberg, Mads (1)
  Pinto, Raffaele (1)
  Rohrl, Walter (1)
  Salonen, Timo (1)
  Therier, Jean-Luc (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Fiat (6)
  Lancia (6)
  Citroen (4)
  Ford (4)
  Audi (3)
  Subaru (3)
  Mitsubishi (2)
  Toyota (2)
  Volkswagen (2)
  Peugeot (1)
  Renault (1)
  Renault-Alpine (1)
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