Organisers of the FIA European Rally Championship have confirmed live TV coverage for one of the most spectacular events of the season, SATA Rallye Acores, in April.
Eurosport and RTP Açores will simultaneously broadcast the two runs of the Sete Cidades stage on Friday 26 April and the two passes of the Tronqueira stage on Saturday 27 April.
Taking place around the rim of a volcanic crater lake measuring five kilometres in diameter, Sete Cidades is considered one of the most stunning stages in international rallying. Located in the far west of the island of São Miguel, the stage presents a huge test for drivers, who negotiate the narrow, twisting gravel tracks at high speed. With drops of 400 metres to the water below, there is quite simply no margin for error.
While Sete Cidades represents the sensational, the Tronqueira stage showcases São Miguel's lush countryside with a mixture of tree-lined sections and undulating stretches adding to the challenge for competitors as well as the spectacle for television viewers.
“Working in conjunction with Francisco Coelho and his event organising team, we selected the Sete Cidades and Tronqueira stages for live broadcasting because of the spectacular countryside they pass through and the stunning images this will create,” Gilbert Roy, Director of Editorial and Programme Development for Eurosport Events, said.
“São Miguel's scenery is quite simply incredible and truly spectacular, while Sete Cidades is the most beautiful place I've encountered in rallying. Our visit to the island this week has been a great success in terms of our final planning and now we cannot wait to transmit what will be truly amazing pictures around the world in April.”