Portuguese American Journal

São Miguel: Hosting 50th edition of SATA Rallye Açores – Azores

The 50th edition of the SATA Rallye Açores is taking place on São Miguel, June 4-6, with the participation of 49 contenders from 14 countries including 14 top Portuguese drivers .

Launched in 1965, the SATA Rallye Açores counts as round four of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship season.

The international car racing challenge, featuring 17 special stages covering 216.61 kilometers, has been one of the most important legs in the ground stage of the National Championship.

Its rankings also contribute to the  European Rally Cup organized by FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile).

To mark the 50th running of SATA Rallye Açores, European Rally Cup promoter, Eurosport Events, has increased its privateer prize fund from €20,000 to €50,000, making the Azorean competition a major international challenge everyone in the FIA European Rally Championship looks forward to.

According to a study by the University of Algarve, the event is bringing an estimated €13 million in revenue to the Azores representing a return 13.5 times higher than the investment.

Vitor Fraga, the Azorean Regional Secretary of Tourism and Transport, has remarked that for the Government of the Azores, SATA Rallye Açores continues to be one of the biggest and best events that promotes the Azores globally, thanks to its partnership with Eurosport Events. He said that the Azorean Government will continue to support the rally, as the economic results demonstrate that the investment continues to be beneficial for all.

First contested in 1953, the European Rally Championship is one of the world’s most prestigious rallying series, organized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).


SATA Rallye Açores Official Website.

SATA Rallye Açores official promotional video

Azores promotional video


The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal.