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The 10th edition of the RACC Rally Costa Daurada 2014 and the 12th and penultimate competition of the FIA World Rally Championship season will be held from 23 – 26 October.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Rally Catalunya and major changes have been made in its itineraries and organisation. It will however continue with its innovative mixed surface route (the only WRC competition of its type) introduced in 2010. Thanks to this, the rally poses a considerable challenge to its participants. The mixed stretches of the route force the drivers to adapt their driving style to sudden changes in the road surface. The crews also have to be on the ball and constantly adapt the specifications of their vehicles from dirt to asphalt (or vice versa), making the service stops longer than normal.
This year the Rally Catalunya has reached its 50th edition. To celebrate this special occasion, new itineraries have been set out over stretches that have formed part of the route in previous years, but have now been specially redesigned. One of the main attractions will be a timed 50 km stretch (to commemorate the 50 years), the “Scala Dei” route, the longest ever in the rally’s history and probably the star section of the competition.
This 2014 edition will have sixteen timed stages spread over the three days of the competition. They will cover a total of 369.76 km, beginning on 24 October with a mixed stage.
Below are the details of the Rally Catalunya 2014 stages for each day:
Thursday 23 October: official departure from Barcelona and shakedown in Salou
As is now customary, the official departure ceremony will be held on Thursday in front of Barcelona Cathedral.
The shakedown (or trial section) will be in Salou, in the Emprius area. This is a mixed dirt and asphalt route totalling 2.94 km. As in previous editions, the drivers will have to negotiate a roundabout on asphalt resulting in numerous skids, much to the delight of the fans.
Friday 24 October: beginning of the mixed stage
One of the new features for this edition is the beginning of a very difficult and technically demanding mixed surface stage. It will have three sections: “Gandesa” (7 km) and “Pesells” (26.59 km) over dirt roads and “Terra Alta” with 35.68 km over mixed surfaces. This stage will be driven twice.
Saturday 25 October: the longest stretch in the history of the Rally and the Salou urban special
On Saturday 25 October a stage will be held completely over asphalted roads. It will consist of 3 sections:
On the same day the urban special in the centre of Salou will be the crowning point of the day’s competition with a route of 2.24 km along the resort’s magnificent seafront promenade, especially designed to delight the spectators.
Sunday 26 October: the Power Stage sections and presentation of awards in Salou
The last day will see the drivers competing over two sections with two passes each: “La Mussara” (20.48 km) and “Riudecanyes” (15.55 km). The second circuit of this latter section will be a Power Stage with supplementary points being awarded to the crews with the three best times.
The RACC Costa Daurada Rally will culminate with the award ceremony held on the podium next to the statue of Jaume I on Salou’s seafront promenade.
Our rooms are only 50 metres from Salou’s seafront promenade and offer an unbeatable choice for staying near the RACC Costa Daurada Rally. In addition to the award ceremony, a whole range of activities is being organised by the RACC to celebrate this 50th anniversary during the three days of the competition. They will all be on the seafront promenade.
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