Baja Portalgre 500, 2018 – Round 11, FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

23rd Oct 2018


Baja Portalgre 500, 2018Round 11, FIA
Cross Country Rally World Cup



  • Two MINI John Cooper Works Rally to contest during Baja
    Portalegre 500, 25-27th October.
  • Stéphane Peterhansel and new co-driver David Castera to
    entrance in MINI JCW Rally as partial of final preparations for Dakar 2019.
  • Joan “Nani” Roma / Alex Haro continue pre-Dakar development
    tests of MINI JCW Rally during Baja Portalegre 500.



Munich. Baja Portalegre 500 (Round 11) is traditionally the
final competition of the

FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and 2018 is no exception.
The Portuguese turn is also eminent for being a final major
rally-raid competition of a deteriorate where entrants are means to make final
preparations underneath competition conditions brazen of a 2019 Dakar that will
take place in Peru, Jan 6-17th Jan 2019


Winner of 13 Dakar titles (seven car, 6 motorcycle), Stéphane
Peterhansel (FR) will make his initial competition coming underneath a banner
of X-raid MINI JCW Team in Portugal. David Castera (FR) will be
Peterhansel’s new co-driver for Baja Portalegre 500 and, of course,
Dakar 2019. This organisation is one of 3 who will plea Dakar during the
controls of MINI John Cooper Works Buggy cars. The other dual crews of
Cyril Despres (FR) / Jean-Paul Cottret (FR) and Carlos Sainz (SP) /
Lucas Cruz (SP), successfully resolved their pre-Dakar tests earlier
this month during Rallye du Maroc, Round 10 of a FIA World Cup.


With a 3 MINI JCW Buggy cars now being prepared for Dakar 2019,
to reacclimatise to long-distance convene conditions, Peterhansel and
Castera will competition a due 685 km routes of Baja Portalegre 500 in
a MINI John Cooper Works Rally.


The Spanish twin of Joan “Nani” Roma and co-driver Alex Haro are
another organisation from a MINI Family to contest during Baja Portalegre 500 in
a MINI JCW Rally. As good as final growth tests of a car
brazen of Dakar 2019, Roma and Haro will be looking to serve sharpen
their navigation and pushing experience.


Baja Portalegre 500 will get underneath approach on 25th October
with scrutineering of cars and crews. Rally movement starts on Friday
26th and finishes with a Podium Ceremony on a evening
of Saturday 27th October.


Stéphane Peterhansel: “Baja Portalegre 500 is a
unequivocally well-organised eventuality and a track is really technical. we have
always had a lot of fun there. It will also be my initial convene with
David Castera, that creates it an critical use for us.”


Joan “Nani” Roma: “I am looking brazen to a Baja
Portalegre 500 – we have never raced there before. The routes are not
easy. It is twisty, slight and is mostly really murky and slippery.”


For some-more information about Baja Portalegre 500, greatfully revisit the
host’s eventuality home page here.


FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup 2018 calendar