Rally de España

05 – 08 October 2017




Time Zone

UTC +2



19 (312,02km)








2017 Results

15. Dani & Marc / 
17. Andreas & Anders / 
Thierry & Nicolas  (Retirement)




Rally de España

The origins of Rally de España lie in what was known as the ‘Rally de Catalunya’. Organised by Real Automovíl Club de Catalunya (RACC) for the first time in 1957, the event grew quickly to become the most important and prestigious rally in the country. It became part of the European Rally Championship from 1975 onwards, before its inclusion on the WRC Calendar in 1991. At this point, the event was based on the Costa Brava and was run as an asphalt course. This remained the case even after its 2002 relocation to Salou, until the decision was made in 2010 to make the rally a mixed surface event.

McKlein Rally Tips

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Fast Facts

  • Rally de España is the only event on the WRC calendar to be run on two separate surfaces. Day one’s action is run on gravel roads and days two and three see drivers tackle asphalt surfaces in almost circuit-like stages.
  • Dani and Marc have a good record in their home rally, taking their only podium of the 2015 season with third and their joint best result of 2016 with second.
  • The Spanish round of the Championship marked one of our team’s two double podium results in 2016 with Thierry and Nicolas finishing third, just behind Dani and Marc.


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First car out for shakedown (UTC)


  • Terra Alta is a unique stage on the calendar with crews having to switch between gravel and tarmac sections.
  • Friday evening service is always a challenge for team mechanics as they switch car settings from gravel to asphalt specification in just 75 minutes!
  • The stage around the former Formula 1 street circuit at Barcelona’s Montjuïc Park is a particular highlight for rally fans, and especially for those fond of motorsport history!



Leg One: THU 05 / FRI 06 October
Leg Two: SAT 07 October
Leg Three: SUN 08 October

Getting there

Reus Airport (REU) – 10 km Barcelona – El Prat Airport (BCN) – 100 km Valencia Airport (VLC) – 253 km
Port Aventura – 2 km
Salou – 5 km
Service Park Port Aventura, Carní de la Pedrera, 43840 Salou (Spain), 41°05’02.8”N 1°08.58.3”E
Distances to Service Park



Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P15)

Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger (P17)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Retirement)


Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P2)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P3)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P4)

Kevin Abbring / Seb Marshall (P7)


Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P3)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P6)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P8)


Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P5)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P6)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P9)