RALLY DE PORTUGAL Schedule

ROUND 4 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2 - 5 April 2009

Thursday 2 April: Day 1 Faro - Faro

Start   Faro                    16.45 SS1     Estádio Algarve 1               2.21km  16.50 Finish  Faro                    17.00

Friday 3 April: Day 1 (continued) Faro - Faro

Serv A  Algarve Stadium (15 mins)                       09.10 SS2     Ourique 1                       23.42km 10.20 SS3     Silves 1                        21.54km 11.17 SS4     Malhão 1                        22.04km 12.00 Serv B  Algarve Stadium (30 mins)                       13.35 SS5     Ourique 2                       23.42km 15.00 SS6     Silves 2                        21.54km 15.57 SS7     Malhão 2                        22.04km 16.40 Serv C  Algarve Stadium (45 mins)                       18.00 Finish  Faro                            18.45

Total                               136.21km

Saturday 4 April: Day 2 Faro - Faro

Serv D  Algarve Stadium (15 mins)                       08.40 SS8     Santa Clara 1                   22.61km 09.55 SS9     Almodovar 1                     27.18km 10.30 SS10    Vascão 1                        22.80km 11.40 Serv E  Algarve Stadium (30 mins)                       13.20 SS11    Santa Clara 2                   22.61km 14.50 SS12    Almodovar 2                     27.18km 15.25 SS13    Vascão 2                        22.80km 16.35 Serv F  Algarve Stadium (45 mins)                       18.00 Finish  Faro                    18.45

Total                           145.18km

Sunday 5 April: Day 3 Faro - Faro

Serv G  Algarve Stadium (15 mins)                       06.50 SS14    Loulé 1         22.65km 07.50 SS15    S. Brás Alportel 1              16.23km 08.45 Serv H  Algarve Stadium (30 mins)                       10.01 SS16    Loulé 2         22.65km 11.16 SS17    S. Brás Alportel 2              16.23km 12.11 Serv I  Algarve Stadium (10 mins)                       13.15 SS18    Estádio Algarve 2               2.21km  14.00 Finish  Faro                    14.10

Total                             79.97km Rally total                         361.36km

Rally Route

Organisers have made many changes since 2007 and more than 52 per cent of the competitive distance is new, including two all-new stage venues.  The rally is again based at Estádio Algarve, just outside the holiday resort of Faro, which was built for the 2004 European Soccer Championships.  As well as hosting the single service park, the stadium complex also holds a super special stage to begin the action on Thursday evening and a repeat test to end the event on Sunday afternoon.  The bulk of the stages are based in the Serra do Caldeirão hills, north of Faro.  Each leg comprises two identical loops of stages split by a return to the service park.  The second leg is the longest and most northerly of the three days.  Drivers tackle 18 stages covering 361.36km in a route of 1164.99km.