FIA WRC: Rallye Catalunya

5 December 2014

Huge crowds came out to witness this spectacle of tyre burning fun, and oh was it worth it!

Way back in October I was lucky enough to make the trip over to sunny Catalunya for the Rallye Espana. It was an incredible trip visiting so many iconic rally stages along the way. The mix of gravel and tarmac makes these some very challenging stages requiring a certain level of finesse driving to optimise the best performance on both surfaces.

One of the best bits about the event was the people, whilst I’m not afraid to admit that I didn’t understand much of what they were saying, I could certainly tell how enthusiastic they were for this sport – the roads were lined with spectators cheering, not just on local heroes such as Dani Sordo, but virtually everyone who came past. The enthusiasm helps to make this event something truly special.

That said, there are a lot of things that people could learn from the way Spain presents it’s FIA World Rally Championship event. For a start it’s free for all to attend – we didn’t spend a single penny on parking, tickets – even to the most public of stages. The next thing was bringing the rally to the people. The RallyRACC seems to understand that key point. They had stages not only in the town, Salou, but also took the FIA World Rally Championship to one of the busiest cities in the world – Barcelona. They raced around the Montjuïc area of the city bringing in some huge crowds to witness this spectacle of tyre burning fun.

If that isn’t a way to bring motorsport to the people, then I’m not sure what is.