2012 WTCC Race Of Portugal Moved To Portimao

FIA WTCC Portimao - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com
The WTCC last raced at Portimao in 2010 - Photo Credit: fiawtcc.com

The Portuguese round of this year's World Touring Car Championship has been switched from Estoril to the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao. The move, made due to logistical reasons, has been approved by the World Motor Sport Council.

The modern Portimao circuit previously hosted the WTCC in 2010. The Race of Portugal takes place on the streets of Porto every other season. Former Grand Prix venue Estoril had been due to host the series for the first time since 2008.

“I am very pleased to go back there,” said championship promoter Marcello Lotti. “The track layout suits very well touring car competitions and in 2010 we had two exciting races. And a very good crowd as well.”

Circuit CEO Paulo Pinheiro echoed: We are delighted to host the WTCC once again. This is the coronation of a three-year work that we have done to develop the track and its facilities. The WTCC event in 2010 was a major success and we are sure that this year's race meeting will be even better, thanks to the manufacturers' participation and the fact that Tiago Monteiro is one of the top drivers in the championship.”