The Vila Real International Circuit is back: six colors, speed and adrenaline rush – C-Studio

The engines were cold for two years, due to the disruption of the Covid-19 plague, but look, by 2022 the keys are back on power. Vila Real Tracks is set to reopen its doors to one of the biggest games in the country. From July 1 to 3, the 51st edition of Vila Real International Circuit will be held in the city, whose history began more than 90 years ago, in 1931. The 5th episode of the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) is very important, an important part of the mass media… and beyond. and beyond. From there on this trip because we don’t leave anything unsaid.

Vila Real will be the fifth stop in the 10 races that make up the Touring Car World Cup calendar, which replaced the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) – Macau region will host the final on November 20. Returning to Vila Real, the national competition, the winner of Saturday (2) and the competition on Sunday (Wednesday), is a reminder of the… accident he suffered two years earlier. The Honda rider has tried, this weekend, in Portugal, to make it into what will be his 16th consecutive season competing.

the hero is beloved

A favorite of bookmakers, however, Yann Ehrlacher of France (Lynk & Co), a hero in the head. To repeat his victory, he will have to run more than the remaining 16, including national team-mate and co-star Yvan Muller (Lynk & Co), Spaniard and current leader Mikel Azcona (Hyundai) or Briton Rob Huff Rob Huff. (Cup).

Regardless of whether the manufacturers are not represented at the official level, there will be no shortage of adrenaline and speed. The vehicles of the five participating manufacturers (Audi, Cupra, Honda, Hyundai and Lynk & Co) reach a capacity of 360 and can reach 260 kilometers per hour.. The route is 4.6 km long.

Vila Real red hot

If the last lines have already made you go with your bags and luggage to Trás-os-Montes, go ahead… because there is more. there she is WTCR is one of the six events that Vila Real International Circuit will hostas there are still pitches for the Portuguese Speed ​​Championship, Portuguese Speed ​​Championship ‘Legends’, Portugal Speed ​​Classics Championship, 1300 Portuguese Speed ​​Championship and KIA GT Cup.

Access to circuit circles is free, however anyone who wants to find a place or ‘Paddock’ needs a ticket, which can be purchased at the box office or online. The event, it should be mentioned, is organized by APCIVR, Clube Automóvel de Vila Real and the municipality and is supported by volunteers, firefighters, security forces and Infrastructures of Portugal.

Movies continue to slide

Motorsport oversees the Vila Real International Circuit, however, there is more to offer along the way. The organization developed a program of cultural events, from concerts to exhibitions, to inspire (even more) the existing audience.. On July 1, Praça do Município will hold a 10 p.m., concert of the Orquestra Ligeira do Exército. The next day, at the same place and at the same time, it is time for the Xutos & Pontapés to take the stage and soon, midnight, the fun continues with DJ Wilson Honrado.

Take a look at the two art exhibitions: the first ‘Voyage through History’, at Nosso Shopping, featuring photographs provided by the Museum of Sound and Image and about the long history of the area, as well as 50th edition museums, at the Museum of Procurement of Archeology and Numismatics. , opened Wednesday, June 22nd. It should also be noted that Vila Real will be the stage for recording the global distribution of speed-related work.

Unparalleled area

The close connection between Vila Real and motorsport dates back nearly a century, as a group of enthusiasts staged car shows and races in the city. June 15, 1931 was identified as the beginning of First edition of Vila Real International Circuitin the performance of the aforementioned committee and the support of the local people, including Aureliano Barrigas, and the Northern Region of the Automóvel Clube de Portugal.

The trail at that time was 7,150 meters long and the participants had to complete 20 trips, a total of 143 kilometers. One of them was a ‘property’ in history that affected the preparation of the competition, which was reduced by taxation, last year, per kilogram of meat, back to the competition organization.

The first printing was successful and his satisfaction was reflected in the words of one of the pilots, Gaspar Sameiro. “I am happy because I ran the race without dust; closed the windows a cupboards, I pressed the accelerator… And I arrived first. It was all I wanted, most of all… Don’t get too much dust ”, he told ‘O Volante’.

Distractions and comeback with big names

Hands were reopened in the following years, with the exception of 1935. Of the eight riders in 1932, the number of participants and audiences increased steadily, thanks in part to the expansion of the territory and the influx of visitors. And under the tar, there were better conditions to admire the Bugatti 35 C / 51, Alfa Romeo 6C and 8C, Ford V8 or BMW315 of the well-known name among the Portuguese, filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who ran in 1936.

World War II forced the disruption of the rivalry at Vila Real, which returned in 1949. After a relatively new eight-year hiatus, in 1966 the engines returned and soon had more power, thanks to the speed of Turismos and Formulas in the past. reached a peak of 152,570 km / h. In 1967, the famous Porsche debuted at Garagem Aurora, Porto, which Michael Grace De’Udy led to win the Sport and Sport Prototypes in the Lola T 70 MK III. Another highlight was the Formula 3 race, where Portuguese Carlos Gaspar shone, who still has a track record (178.171km / h).

The 1968 edition was just as important, as it was this year when the railway was fully rebuilt, from the installation of new railways to the construction of a large house that could accommodate more than a thousand people. It was also this year that the National Sports Commission formed the “Series Tourism” team, led by António Peixinho’s Alfa Romeo 1750.

With the region’s popularity reaching unprecedented levels in the 70’s, the government banned car racing due to fuel shortages, which, in addition to the 1974 reform, led to a new break in racing until 1979. and low, and already in the century. XXI, between 2007 and 2010, the global economic downturn prevented the resumption of the region.

From strange to strange to this day

In 2014, the region was given a new ‘push’ for the foundations of APCIVR (Association Promoting the International Circuit of Vila Real), in partnership with the municipality of Vila Real and Clube Automóvel de Vila Real, which also lived in the life of Vila Real. The following year brought another good news with the signing of a contract with Eurosport Events with the arrival of the FIA ​​World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in Trás-os-Montes. In the second round of competition in Portugal, in 2016, Tiago Monteiro won the 2nd race and caused a local party breakdown. In 2017, the Portuguese were twice on the podium last year for the WTCC.

From unusual to unusual, showcase, in 2018, at the new FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR). The following year, Tiago Monteiro won again, before the party’s final venue was disrupted by the plague. Three years later, the venue will be reopened and in honor of its past, the icon, which has a red carpet, is pictured with images of cars competing with Vila Real for the past 91 years.

Miguel Oliveira is a big name

The Portugal Speed ​​Championship will feature big names, one of the best known to the Portuguese people. Miguel Oliveira, a MotoGP rider for the KTM Factory Team, will compete in the Hyundai i30N TCR. As of 2021, then at the Estoril Circuit, the Hyundai ambassador shares the leadership with his father Paulo Oliveira. “For those who have adrenaline in their blood, I would not say I am going for a walk, but I will give what I can,” promised the Almada pilot.

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