The Circuito Internacional de Vila Real is a 4.6 km (2.858 mi) temporary street circuit in Vila Real, Portugal. This circuit was used for car and moto races.

The circuit

The circuit layout has suffered several changes through the times. Started as a 7.2km street circuit in 1931, it was later reduced to a 6.9 km version in the 1950s, which lasted until 1991, with small chances in some corner, chicanes introduction and start/finish line being moved forward.[1]

After a deadly accident in 1991, no race would take place in this circuit until 2007, after a length reduction to a 4.6km long renovated layout. From the original circuit, remains the up and downhill section, from turn 6 (Boque), until turn 19, that drivers used to turn left. This section also gives the track big elevation changes.[2]

It's considered one of the most challenging tracks, due to its corners, high speed and drivers being very close to the barriers.[3]

Winners

Season Edition Driver Car/Motor Class
1931 1st Portugal Gaspar Sameiro
Portugal Ercílio Barbosa
Ford A
1932 2nd Portugal Vasco Sameiro Invicta
1933 3rd Portugal Vasco Sameiro Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1934 4th Portugal António Guedes de Herédia Bugatti T35B
1935 Not held
1936 5th Portugal Adolfo Ferreirinha Ford V8
1937 6th Portugal Casimiro de Oliveira Jaguar SS100
1938 7th Portugal Vasco Sameiro Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1939-48 Not held
1949 8th Portugal José Cabral Allard K1
1950 9th Italy Piero Carini OSCA Sport
1951 10th Italy Giovanni Bracco Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta Sport
1952 11th Italy Ferrari 225 S Spider Sport
1953-57 Not held
1958 12th United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 300S Sport
1966 13th United Kingdom John Miles Ford Cortina Lotus Touring car
United Kingdom John Fenning Brabham BT18 - Ford/Cosworth Formula Three
1967 14th United Kingdom Lola T70 MkII Chevrolet Sport
United Kingdom Chris Williams Brabham BT21 - Ford/Holbay Formula Three
1968 15th United Kingdom Lola T70 MkII Chevrolet Sport
Sweden Reine Wisell Formula Three
1969 16th United Kingdom Chris Craft
United Kingdom David Piper
Porsche 908/2 6 hour/Endurance
1970 17th Belgium Teddy Pilette
Belgium
Lola T70 MkII Chevrolet 500 km/Endurance
1971 18th Spain Jorge Bagration Porsche 908/2 Sports
1972 19th France Lola T290 Ford Sports
1973 20th Portugal Carlos Gaspar Lola T292 Ford Sports
1979 21st Portugal Robert Giannone Porsche 935
1980 22nd Portugal António Barros Porsche 935
1981 23rd Portugal Robert Giannone Porsche 935
1982 24th Portugal Mário Silva Ford Escort RS 1800 Mk 2
1983 25th Portugal António Taveira BMW M1
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2007 40th Portugal Francisco Carvalho SEAT Leon Supercopa PTCC
Portugal César Campaniço BMW 320si
Portugal Pedro Salvador Juno SSE Sports protypes
2008 41st Portugal César Campaniço BMW 320si PTCC
Portugal Francisco Carvalho SEAT Leon Supercopa
Portugal Pedro Salvador Juno SSE GT & Sports protypes
Portugal Pedro Salvador Juno SSE GT & Sports protypes
2009 42nd Portugal César Campaniço BMW 320si PTCC
Portugal João Figueiredo Peugeot 407 S200
Portugal Francisco Martins Porsche 997 GT & Sports protypes
Portugal Francisco Martins Porsche 997
2010 43rd Portugal José Monroy Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX PTCC
Portugal José Monroy Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
Portugal Pedro Salvador Juno SSE Sports protypes
Portugal César Campaniço

Portugal João Figueiredo

Audi R8 LMS GT
2014 44th Portugal Pedro Salvador

Portugal Carlos Vieira

Tatuus PY012 Sports protypes
Portugal Pedro Salvador

Portugal Carlos Vieira

Tatuus PY012
2015 45th Argentina José María López France Citroën WTCC
China Ma Qing Hua France Citroën
2016 46th Netherlands Tom Coronel United States Chevrolet WTCC
Portugal Tiago Monteiro Japan Honda
2017 47th Morocco Mehdi Bennani France Citroën WTCC
Hungary Norbert Michelisz Japan Honda
2017 48th
2018 49th France Yvan Muller South Korea Hyundai WTCR
Slovakia Mat'o Homola France Peugeot
Sweden Thed Björk South Korea Hyundai
2019 50th Portugal Tiago Monteiro Japan Honda WTCR
Spain Mikel Azcona Spain Cupra
Hungary Norbert Michelisz South Korea Hyundai
2020 51st Cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic WTCR
  International Event

References

  1. ^ "Vila Real". RacingCircuits.info. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  2. ^ "Circuit Internacional de Vila Real - The Heart of Racing in Portugal". SnapLap. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  3. ^ Rodgers, Richard (2018-06-15). "Race preview: Vila Real deal Ehrlacher leads the WTCR charge to the home of the joker lap". FIA WTCR | World Touring Car Cup. Retrieved 2020-05-18.

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