Spain Countdown: Itinerary + Maps

The Spanish asphalt is very popular with competitors. Fast, smooth and flowing, the hilly roads above the Costa Daurada coast demand a style of driving more akin to circuit racing than other sealed surface circuits and a clean and efficient approach is rewarded.

Salou’s PortAventura World theme park remains the hub for the penultimate round of the championship, with the resort’s seafront hosting the ceremonial start on Thursday evening.

Friday’s opening stage north of the long-time rally base of Salou kicks off with two all-new speed tests at Els Omells – Malda (11.05km) and Serra de la Llena (11.79km) . They are followed by Les Garrigues Altes (22.64 km) and La Pobla-Riba-roja (13.98 km), which goes in the opposite direction to 2021.

Riba-roja is devilishly difficult. It’s incredibly twisty and hilly the whole way through, with a hairpin-filled descent and some heavy braking at the end.

A return to service at noon provides a brief respite before resuming the loop in the afternoon. The eight tests total 118.92 km.

Saturday will be more familiar. The unchanged Savalla (13.93 km) and the longest stage of the rally in El Montmell (24.18 km) sandwich Querol-Les Pobles (20.19 km), which opens with a new 3 km section.

The service to PortAventura World in Salou separates the morning and afternoon races on the same routes before the end of the day with the famous 2.15km street stage along the Salou seafront. The six stages total 118.75 km.

Rally route: RallyRACC – Rally de España 2022

Sunday’s final features two laps of Pratdip (12.15km) and Riudecanyes (15.90km). The former is extended by 2km from last year while Riudecanyes is well known for the Coll de la Teixeta roundabout, where drivers perform a 360° donut in front of huge hillside crowds.

The second Riudecanyes pass forms the Wolf Power Stage, with bonus points awarded to the five fastest crews. The four stages cover 56.10 km, bringing the total of the rally to 293.77 km over a course of 1330.91 km.

  • Full coverage of RallyRACC – Rally de España will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens, as well as key interviews, reports and analysis from service park experts.