The beautiful island of São Miguel plays host once again to the SATA Rally Açores 2013. Now in its 48th edition, this popular international event offers three days of thrills, breathtaking scenery and top rally drivers. The races run through many courses around the island, but starts, finishes and ceremonies are held at Pavilhão do Mar on Avenida Infante D. Henrique, from 25-27 April.
The very first Rally of the Açores was run in 1965 and was known as Volta à Ilha de São Miguel. Just eight years later, the rally gained “international” prominence and is now a qualifying leg in the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) European Rally Championship.
The rally is a delight for spectators as well. The race begins at Portas da Cidades (Gates of the City) in Ponta Delgada and passes through some of the islands most emblematic sites, such as the Lagoon of Sete Cidades. Enthusiasts are invited to watch the rally at various points along the course.
Following is the program of event for the rally. Or, download a SATA Rally Açores Program here.
08:00/22:00 – Opening of Rally Headquarters and Media Centre Pavilhão do Mar – Portas do Mar
08:30/09:30 – Free Practice– FIA and ERC Priority Drivers Remédios – Lagoa
10:00 – Qualifying Stage– FIA and ERC Priority Drivers Remédios – Lagoa
11:00/12:00 – Shakedown-FPAK Drivers and other Drivers (under registration) Remédios – Lagoa
12:00 – Selection of start positions -– FIA and ERC Priority Drivers Media Centre
12:15 – Pre-event Press Conference – FIA, ERC and FPAK Media Centre
12:45 – First Stewards Meeting Rally H.Q.
13:00/13:30 – Autograph Session – FIA, ERC and ASN Priority Drivers Portas do Mar
13:15 – Publication of Start List for LEG 1 Rally H.Q.
13:15/14:15 – Starting area / Parc Fermé Promenade – Portas do Mar
14:30 – RALLY START – Start for LEG 1 Podium– Praça Gonçalo Velho
21:30 – Finish of LEG 1 (Flexi service in – 17:53) Parc Fermé
22:00 – Publication of Partial Unofficial Classification LEG 1 Rally H.Q.
22:00 – Publication of Start List for LEG 2 Rally H.Q.
09:00/22:00 – Opening of Rally Headquarters and Media Centre Pavilhão do Mar – Portas do Mar
10:05 – Start for LEG 2 Parc Fermé
21:30 – Finish of LEG 2 (Flexi service in – 18:07) Parc Fermé
22:00 – Publication of Partial Unofficial Classification LEG 2 Rally H.Q.
22:00 – Publication of Start List for LEG 3 Rally H.Q.
07:30/22:30 – Opening of Rally Headquarters and Media Centre Pavilhão do Mar – Portas do Mar
07:50 – Start for LEG 3 Parc Fermé
19:15 – Finish of the Rally – Podium Ceremony Prize Giving Podium– Praça Gonçalo Velho
19:45 – Final Scrutineering “Delca” – Ponta Delgada
20:00 – Post-event Press Conference – FIA, ERC and FPAK Rally H.Q.
22:00 – Publication of Provisional Final Classification Rally H.Q.
For 2013, Eurosport will provide live broadcast of the Sete Cidades and Tronqueira stages of the rally.
For more information, videos and photos, visit the SATA Rally Açores website.
Açores SATA Rally
Pavilhão do Mar at Portas do Mar
Av. Infante D. Henrique
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Phone +351 296 960 400