9 de Novembro : PASSO 4 – VILA VICOSA – BEJA – ESTOI – Awards ceremony

9 de Novembro : PASSO 4 – VILA VICOSA – BEJA – ESTOI – Awards ceremony

Today, fourth and last stage. Departure from Vila Viçosa from the huge square of the sumptuous Ducal Palace, former residence of the royal family. Impressive scenery to see all these great vehicles, going one by one, under the starting arch.

The sun is very present, which gives a particular light to this last day and makes everyone happy and in a good mood. No major difficulties announced, crews leave the vast region of the Alentejo, country of the cork oaks, to head to the southernmost part of Portugal: the Algarve region.

After about fifty kilometers, discovery of the largest artificial lake in Europe, Lake Alqueva, huge stretch of water of 250km2, which looks like a real internal sea.

First CP, at the foot of the small medieval town, all white, Monsaraz, and first round of questions over a coffee break. The atmosphere is joyful, the competitors take a little time to visit the castle and walk in the narrow streets, lined with small white houses painted.

Lunch is planned 100km further at the Pousada de Bejà, in a former Franciscan convent, the panoramas to get there are breathtaking, the horizon seems far away.

At the end of this picturesque lunch, we had to leave these large expanses of the Alentejo, and take a south-facing road to more hilly landscapes, lined with hundred-year-old olive, figs and lemon trees, an ideal terrain for organizing the last special stage of the rally.

The roads are winding, they rise, descend and follow a relief allowing beautiful sequences of great curves, giving pride to drive, and this, to the delight of our drivers and co-drivers.

Then come a last CP, and a final test of regularity to freeze the overall classification, before arriving at the Palacio d ‘Estoi, a small town 10 km north of the beaches of the Algarve, a small pink Rococo style palace where will be this evening, awarding with cups and various prizes the many winners of this second edition of the Portugal Tour Rally.

In the Classic category, after a meteoric rise in the third round, the PARADA & COSTA crew takes the No. 9 Porsche 914 2.0 to the top of the podium. CARUGATI & MERMOD, on Ferrari Dino 246GTS, take second place with a well defended 2nd place against the brilliant recovery of the BOEDT couple on their Alfa-Roméo Duetto who completed the final ranking.

On the Prestige cars side, METZ & METZ confirm their 1st place and win the 2018 edition at the wheel of their Porsche Cayman. As throughout this rally, they were followed by the Porsche 933 crew MEZIANE & CHEMAO, who climb on the 2nd step of the podium after having fought hardly all race long. BORDIER & BORDIER in Ferrari 488 GTB take 3rd place and complete this top trio of the prestige category 2018.

General & final ranking

Classic category
● 1 – PARADA Eugenio – COSTA Joao / Porsche 914
● 2 – CARUGATI Tiziano – MERMOD Sonia / Ferrari Dino 246GTS
● 3 – BOEDT Franck – BOEDT Anne / Alfa-Roméo Duetto
Prestige category
● 1 – METZ Antoine – LAIGNEL-METZ Corinne / Porsche Cayman
● 2 – MEZIANE Reda – CHEMAO Zineb / Porsche 993
● 3 – BORDIER Bruno – BORDIER Béatrice / Ferrari 488 GTB

On Wednesday night it was the group “Folclórico de Universidade de Coimbra” that made the whole rally of Portugal Tour dance. They came loaded with traditional cupcakes from the area.

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