Portugal Signs New Five Year World RX Deal

The World RX of Portugal will stay on the calendar for the next five years. Credit: IMG / World RX

The World RX of Portugal will remain on the FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar after the Montalegre Circuit have announced a new five year deal that has been signed with series promoters IMG.

The circuit has been a part of World RX since it began back in 2014 as the opening round for the first three years of the competition and before this is, it has hosted Euro RX action since 1991. There have been constant improvements to the location in recent years which has been a sell-out event each season.

The Montalegre circuit has seen Rallycross action since 1991. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Mayor Orlando Alves was excited to see the deal signed for another five years.

“Representing the people of Montalegre, I toast you all and want to thank you for the opportunity of hosting World RX again for another five years. Each year, you can see that we make huge investment with the track and the facilities,” he explained.

“The fantastic environment and setting helps make Montalegre one of the best circuits on the rallycross calendar. Montalegre will do its best in order to promote and create value for the championship.”

The World RX of Portugal has been won by two men so far: Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

World RX Managing Director for IMG Motorsport Paul Bellamy commented on the constant high level of improvement that has taken place at the Montalegre Circuit.

“The Montalegre RX organisers have worked exceptionally hard over the past 12 months to raise the standard at our Portuguese leg of the World Championship. We’ve seen major infrastructure changes such as an expanded paddock, new grandstand and spectator areas, a bigger press room and brand new medical centre,” Bellamy said.

“The team have also worked hard at marketing with excellent promotion of the event throughout north Portugal. With a sell-out crowd last year and with the excellent weather forecast this weekend, the future for Montalegre RX looks very promising.”