MONTALEGRE, THE OPENING ROUND OF THE FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

This weekend begins the second season of the FIA ​​World Rallycross Championship 2015 and as happened in the first edition, Montalegre circuit in Portugal, will be the first event of the Championship. Over the weekend, 24 and 26 April, the 18 pilots who were presented last Monday during Media Day in Barcelona will go in search of their first victory, and among them will be Petter Solberg who will try to climb back to the top of the podium in Portugal.

52 cars will participate in Portugal

The first round of WorldRX has a total of 52 cars: 21 Supercars, 21 more in Super1600 and 10 in RX Lites. In the top category, Montalegre attendees will see the first fight between the 18 permanent riders in the Championship, and between them will be the champion Petter Solberg with his Citroen DS3 in the new SDRX team, Timmy Hansen with his Peugeot 208 WRX or René Nitiss with his Ford Fiesta ST. In addition, three special drivers will participate in Montalegre, the French Jean Baptiste Dubourg and local Joaquim Santos (Ford Focus Team Bompiso Racing Team) and Mario Barbosa (Citroen DS3 Racing Team Compincar).

See the entry list: RX Montalegre Entries

A weekend of competition and fun

During the three days of the first round of the World Championship Rallycross there are going to held some shows to make the MontalegreRX a great event, which also will happen at the Barcelona round in September.

Montalegre has organized a Crosscar race (Crosscar Montalegre Entries) which will complete 11 Spanish pilots and they will have a training session on Saturday at 11am and thei respective final on Sunday shortly before 1pm. Furthermore, different motor shows will be held at the same circuit but the biggest one will be a freestyle show with Paulo Martinho in Montalegre city at 9:30pm, an event that will be free.

Program MontalegreRX

Friday | 24 abril
0800 Welcome Centre Open
1000 Administrative Checking
1015 Scrutineering Open
1600 Drivers’ Draw & pre-event press conference in IMG paddock area
1645 Startline Rehearsal
1900 Supercars depart to Montalegre City Hall Exhibition
1930 Autograph Session City Hall
2000 Official Speech CM Montalegre
2015 Vehicles Depart City Hall
2030 Dinner Reception for Invited Guests

Saturday | 25 abril
0700 Welcome Centre Open
0800 Secretariat Open
0830 Media Sign On Open
0915 First Stewards Meeting
1015 Drivers Briefing
1045 Media Briefing
1100 Cross Car Practice
1130 Open Practice RX Classes
1335 Circuit Stunt Show
1400 RX Heat 1 & RX Heat 2
S1600 Heat 3
Monster Energy Rig Riot
1800 Autograph Session in Fan Zone
2130 Freestyle StuntShow with Paulo Martinho downtown Montalegre on the Avenue by the river. Free Entrance

Sunday | 26 abril
0700 Gates Open To Public
0700 Welcome Centre Open
0800 Media Sign On Open
0830 Media Briefing
0900 Warm Up RX Categories
1000 Circuit Stunt Show
1030 RX Heat 3, RX Heat 4
Semi Finals S1600
Final Cross Car
1300 Monster Energy Rig Riot
1330 RX Autograph Session
1400 Semi Finals RXLites & Final S1600,
1425 Circuit Stunt Show
1445 Supercar Semi Final Driver Presentation (Startline)
1455 Air Stunt Show
1500 Supercar Semi Finals
Finals RXLites
Final SuperCar
Podium Ceremony
1610 WRX Winners Press Conference
1700 Third Stewards Meeting