Ferrari is coming back to Algarve

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The European leg of the Ferrari Challenge has now confirmed this year’s dates, August 1 and 2, at Algarve’s racetrack, close to Portimão.

The Ferrari Challenge started back in 1993 and now visits three continents, Europe, North America and Asia, with each continent counting as one series.

Each series, on each continent, is divided into four main categories; the Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli Am, Coppa Shell and Coppa Shell Am, which are based on the drivers’ level of ability.

Entertainment is guaranteed for both spectators at the track as well as viewers watching from home, on Sky Sports F1 or streaming on Motorvision TV. 

The world-wide challenge is FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) approved which offers full confidence in the racing, taking in to account safety and engineering aspects.

The Portimão racetrack, known as Autodromo do Algarve, is situated inland from the city opening in late 2008 for the last race in the World Superbike Championships. It is 4,692 metres long, with many inclines and declines together with blind and banked bends which all add to making it a challenging track to drive.

Alexis De Bernardi drove the track recently, you can see the his drive here, in the 488 EVO finishing in one minute, 51.291 seconds. 

Brands Hatch, where racing will be the weekend before Portimão, is also a challenging track with the Indy and Grand Prix configurations.

There has been talk of F1 coming to the track later this year after many of this season’s races having been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Italy and Russia have confirmed dates for two races, September 13 and 27 respectively however, Portimão has not yet received confirmation it will be hosting a race.

It is 24 years since the last Grand Prix (F1) was held in Portugal. Estoril has been hosting races since however, it is no longer suitable for the powerful F1 cars used today.

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