Portuguese Tarmac stages ready for a new challenge and a 3-year agreement.
More exciting news for the 2024 TER – Tour European Rally and TER Historic as another calendar slot is filled. The newest concept of Rally series welcomes another new entry with Rally de Lisboa, a tarmac event based in the Portuguese capital, celebrating its 4th edition in June.
With a route stretching over 2 days of great sporting action, and 13 special stages in World Class locations such as Sintra, Estoril and Montejunto, Rally de Lisboa will once again provide a great experience for crews, teams and fans.
Luca Grilli, TER Promoter and Organiser, said:
“I am delighted to welcome another great event in the TER Family. The history of Rallying passes through Portugal, and the passion of its fans is heart-warming. Since its maiden season, nine years ago, the TER project has been looking for great events in stunning tourist-oriented areas, and here we have yet another perfect example to embody and showcase our philosophy, as our Series continues to grow with another event onboard for three years.”
Humberto Silva, Chairman of the organizing committee, said:
“It is with great pride and sense of responsibility that we accept the challenge of having Rally de Lisboa joining the TER (Tour European Rally) and TER Historic calendar in this 2024 sporting season.
Without a doubt, this is the recognition of the work carried out by CPKA in an event that has only been held for three times, but which in a sustained way is already asserting itself as a reference event in Portugal and internationally. It should be remembered that in 2021, the first edition received the legendary Finnish driver Markku Alén, and in 2022 it was the also Finnish and at the time FIA WRC Junior world champion, Sami Pajári, that won the rally, and in 2023, the year in which we were awarded the Portuguese Rally Cup, it was Armindo Araújo who stood out winning the event, a driver who has been multiple times Portuguese rally champion, and twice FIA Production World Champion, and we were also part of the International Iberian Rally Trophy.
In 2024, our goals also include ensuring that the Rally de Lisboa achieves greater visibility internationally, and this is why we decided to accept the invitation of joining TER, in an agreement scheduled for 3 years, and in this way take advantage of the promotional assets and media coverage that the trophy provides, specially in terms of worldwide television distribution, as well as other channels, namely the increasingly relevant social media area, and all this without neglecting the national event that has been increasingly popular amongst the portuguese teams that represent a main priority for us.
I am fully convinced that Rally de Lisboa will continue to grow, asserting itself as ambassador of the entire greater Lisbon region, promoting not only the capital of Portugal but all the municipalities that, as partners, provide us with their attractiveness, and probably repeating myself, promoting not only Lisbon, but also Oeiras, the Estoril Coast, Sintra, Loures, Mafra, Vila Franca de Xira, and the western area of Portugal known as “Zona Oeste”, with emphasis on the municipalities of Alenquer and Cadaval where the mythical special stage of Montejunto takes place, perfectly fitted to the concept of events promoted by TER, where one of the main objectives is to promote tourism in the regions they pass through, in parallel with the rallying sport events.”