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Sports: 55th Azores Rallye taking place September 16-18 – Azores

One of the most spectacular sport events on the international calendar, the 55TH AZORES RALLYE is taking place on São Miguel Island on September 16-18.

The international car racing – formerly named ‘SATA Rallye Azores’ – is organized by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) as part of the European Rally Championship, round 5 of 8, and promises to be a highlight of the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship.

The contest begins at the Portas da Cidade (Gates of the City) in Ponta Delgada, passing through some of the most emblematic scenic spots of São Miguel island, over a competitive distance of 201.74 kilometers. Due to COVID’19 restrictions the City Show on Ponta Delgada’s sea front won’t run this year.

Postponed from 2020, the 55th Azores Rallye will essentially run an all-new format, taking a 13 crisscross of the island scenery and lush countryside characterized by its breathtaking nature.

Recent winners include: 2019: Łukasz Habaj/Daniel Dymurski (Škoda Fabia R5); 2018: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5); 2017: Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães (Škoda Fabia R5); 2016: Ricardo Moura/António Costa (Ford Fiesta R5); and 2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16).

Administered by the FIA and promoted by Eurosport Events, The Azores Rallye has been part of the ERC roster, since Eurosport Events was appointed promoter by the FIA in 2013.

FIA World Rally Championship is backed up by a global broadcast package, which includes extensive coverage on the various Eurosport platforms. Four stages on each event are shown live on Facebook and YouTube, while ERC Radio is on-air from all events.

There will be live coverage, including from the ERC’s camera in the sky, plus expert commentary and analysis from Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, on Facebook and YouTube of the following: Azores Rallye TV goes on air at 14h00 local time (CET -2) today (Wednesday) with daily live coverage until Saturday. Follow the link here.

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).

PAJ/Staff

Source: ERC/FIA European Rally Championship/ Also available on Facebook

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