The activity in the neighboring country, Portugal, begins this weekend with the Rali Vieira do Minho. Despite not belonging to the national championship, this race will serve as a preparation for many drivers for the Rali Terras d’Aboboreira. This will be the first of the Portuguese National.
The list has a total of 65 registered teams, among which are several favourites from the national competition in Portugal. Armindo Araújo (Skoda), José Pedro Fontes (Citroën) and Pedro Meireles (Volkswagen) start as headliners with their respective Rally2.
Manuel Castro will also participate with the Skoda Fabia R5 from Racing 4 You, as will Gil Antunes, another regular competitor, who will add a new race with the Dacia Sandero R4. Rubén Rodrigues is another of the drivers on the top, this time with a Citroën C3 Rally2.
Spanish participation in this race will not be short at all. Daniel Alonso and “Jandrín” López will continue with their adaptation to the gravel in this test. They will be with the Ford Fiesta Rally2, with which they will also compete in Lorca and Aboboreira during the following weeks.
Among the Rally4 we find the other three teams from Spain. Alejandro Cachón-Cándido Carrera will be there to continue preparing their assault on ERC3 Junior. Roberto Blach, accompanied by José Viéitez, and Delbin García, in their debut with Coral Barroso, will also compete to reach the first round of the Peugeot Rallye Cup Ibérica with rhythm.
Among the many registered also stands out the presence of André Villas-Boas, former soccer coach. This has gone to rallying, and will be with a Citroën C3 R5. Dmitry Feofanov will be another incentive, in this case with a rented Suzuki SWIFT R4LLY S unit.