The Rally de Catalunya is a relatively new rally. It started with the World Rally Championship schedule in 1988 despite having already been established in 1957. After it merged with the Rally Costa Brava, it was renamed to the Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava until 2005 when it became Costa Daurada.
- Course: rally base Salou
- Location: Salou, Catalunya, Spain
- Surface: Tarmac
- Stages: 4
- Date: October 20th-23th, 2022
The Catalonian course tends to be 17 stages and is held in Salou in the province of Tarragona.
As of 2022, the overall distance is 876.31 miles (1,410.29 kilometers) on long, wide, and smooth asphalt roads. It is very much different from the tough gravelly courses of Acropolis or the scenic trails of New Zealand Rally.
RallyRACC - Catalunya Rally Spain
Location: Els Omells – Malda, Serra de la Llena, Les Garrigues Altes, La Pobla-Riba-roja
Distance: 61.7km; 38.3 miles
History of Rally Spain
Also known as “Rallye de Espana”, Rally de Catalunya has been held as part of the WRC calendar since 1988. The French team of Bruno Saby and Jean-Francois Fauchille were the inaugural winners with their Lancia Delta.
The French, in general, have had plenty of success here. Sebastian Loeb has the record with nine wins, seven of which were consecutive from 2005 to 2012.
Odd to win & Betting Tips
Tarmac courses like the Rally de Catalunya drive much differently than the gravel courses that mostly line the WRC season. Asphalt specialists like Thierry Neuville will be pegged as favorites here. Per usual, check on the weather conditions.
There are occasional rain showers in the region around this month, which can make for some slippery tracks. Be sure to check the WRC odds for this Spain Rally before you bet.