From 13th to 16th October, a new edition of the 52 RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada (Rally de España 2016) was held. The event is a perfect promotional and economic platform for the Costa Daurada, with thousands of fans at each of the 19 race stages in the only rally in the world with a track covering both gravel and asphalt, and for which PortAventura Business & Events collaborated for the 12th consecutive year.
All the logistics and organisation for the race took place at PortAventura Convention Centre. On the first floor, the multifunctional Sala Barcino was set up for news reporters and media professionals, as well as the Sala Harvard for press conferences. The Sala Damascus was used as the main offices for the race’s management team.
In addition, the organisers along with a large number of drivers and the championship team stayed in Hotel Caribe at PortAventura World, which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the Convention Centre. As well as this, one of PortAventura World’s car parks, located next to the soon-to-open Ferrari Land, became the site of the Service Park where all the participating motor-racing teams were based.
Laura Valdeolivas, Director of PortAventura Business & Events said: “I would like to congratulate all the participants and the organisers of RallyRACC for their extraordinary work. For us, it has been a pleasure to collaborate with them once again and be able to thank them for putting their faith in us for another year.”
French team Sébastien Ogier– Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) took to the podium as the winners of the 52 RallyRACC, a victory which represents their fourth consecutive world championship title. In second position on the podium were Dani Sordo– Marc Martí (Hyundai i20 WRC), and in third were Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC).
H.M. King Felipe VI of Spain was present at the closing luncheon attended by European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee members, who have held meetings for two days at PortAventura World’s Convention Centre. Arturo Mas-Sardá, president of PortAventura World, was entrusted with the task of welcoming the monarch and representatives of the Olympic Committees.
The King’s visit to Tarragona also coincided with the official presentation of “Tarracus”, mascot for the 2017 Mediterranean Games. The party then moved on to the PortAventura Convention Centre for the second part of the day.
During lunch His Majesty highlighted the role played by the 2017 Mediterranean Games as “ideal for promoting effective cooperation, development and integration within the Mediterranean areas. This is an initiative that our country supports with strong conviction and faith”. His Majesty the King concluded by reiterating “the commitment of Tarragona, Catalonia and the entire country to the 2017 Mediterranean Games. They will be an opportunity to highlight the need to promote ̶through education and the best Olympic values —peace and dialogue in a region that, once again in history, should be a meeting point for solidarity among regions, countries and especially among people of all cultures”.