Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 Preview: WRC2

May 9, 2024Joe Moore

The 2024 World Rally Championship season continues this weekend with round five Vodafone Rally De Portugal. 

Championship Rundown 

Yohan Rossel and Oliver Solberg sit tied for the WRC2 championship lead heading into the fifth round of the season. Both drivers sit just three points ahead of Nikolay Gryazin. Solberg, Rossel and Gryazin have each used two-point scoring rounds. Rossel and Solberg have elected to score points this weekend. While Gryazin is only scoring team points. Niclas Ciamin who is absent this weekend sits fourth in the championship, 4 points behind Grayzin. Pepe López who is scoring points this weekend rounds out the top five in the championship, sitting 3 points behind Ciamin. 

Stacked Entry List

Several drivers will make their season debuts this weekend. Including Teemu Suninen, Pierre-Louis Loubet, Kris Meeke Josh McErlean and Marco Bulicia. Joining them will be championship contenders Oliver Solberg, Yohan Rossel, Sami Pajari and Gus Greensmith. Australian Lewis Bates will also make his WRC2 debut this weekend behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris. All things considered, it should be a close race in WRC2

What To Expect From Vodafone Rally De Portugal

Drivers will contest a total of 337.04 km across 22 special stages. 

Day One 

The first day of the event will see drivers take on a 2.94 km SuperSpecial stage to kick off the event. Nothing much should come from this stage, at most only a couple of seconds are lost. 

Day Two

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is where the action truly gets underway. As drivers will contest 126.90 km across eight stages. The day’s longest stage will be the 18.72 km Agranil stage. While the shortest is the 12.28 km Lousã stage. Drivers may opt to drive more on the side of caution. As the day doesn’t feature a midday service. 

Day Three

The third day of the event is also the longest, as drivers will contest 145.02 km across another eight stages. The third day’s longest stage is the monster 37.24 km Amarante stage which will push drivers to their limits. While the shortest stage is the 8.69 km Montim stage. The day will feature a single 44-minute service between the two loops. 

Day Four

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal will see drivers contest 62.18 km across 4 stages. The longest of these stages is the 19.91 km Cabeceiras de Basto stage. While the shortest is the famed 11.18 Fafe stage, which will serve as the Wolf Powerstage.