New agreement confirms Portugal’s continued WRC legacy

WRC Promoter and Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP) have sealed a new deal which guarantees Vodafone Rally de Portugal’s position in the FIA World Rally Championship calendar until at least 2026.

In an electrifying announcement today, the organizers of Vodafone Rally de Portugal have confirmed a multi-year agreement that extends the event’s presence in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar. This agreement comes after a thrilling opening day of action at round five of the 2024 season, which attracted tens of thousands of spectators to the stages in and around the vibrant northern Portuguese cities of Matosinhos and Porto.

Vodafone Rally de Portugal holds a distinguished position as the pinnacle of sporting excellence in Portugal. Not only does it showcase the finest in rally driving talent, but it also plays a significant role in the nation’s economy, generating over 60 million Euros. The event’s popularity is evident through extensive free-to-air live coverage on Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP and comprehensive broadcasting of every stage on WRC partner SportTV, captivating audiences across the country.

Since its inception in 1973, Vodafone Rally de Portugal has been a cornerstone of the WRC, earning esteemed status as one of the championship’s enduring classics. Both competitors and fans hold the rally in high regard, appreciating its challenging stages and vibrant atmosphere.

Speaking on the occasion, ACP President Carlos Barbosa expressed his delight, stating, “It is a big pleasure for me to confirm 2025 and 2026. We have an exceptional relationship with the promoter in terms of the event and the activations around it. Over the past 20 years, Rally Portugal has asserted itself as one of the best rallies in the world.”

Jona Siebel, Managing Director of WRC Promoter, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the significance of Vodafone Rally de Portugal’s continued presence in the WRC calendar. “Vodafone Rally de Portugal has once again earned its position on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar. This is a deserved recognition, and we hope it continues for many years to come,” Siebel remarked.

The multi-year agreement not only secures the future of Vodafone Rally de Portugal but also underscores its importance within the global rally community. As the event looks ahead to the 2025 and 2026 seasons, it remains committed to delivering exhilarating action and upholding its legacy as one of the most revered rallies in the world.