The battle for victory on the opening round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship won’t just be fought out on São Miguel’s spectacular gravel stages but on live television as well.


Under an exciting agreement between the Azores Airlines Rallye organiser, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) and ERC promoter Eurosport Events, seven stages will be broadcast live including both runs of the iconic Sete Cidades volcano stage, the fan-friendly Grupo Marques superspecial stage and the event-closing blast through the Tronqueira forest.


The action will be broadcast on RTP Açores, RTP 2 in Portugal, RTP Madeira and RTP Internacional and will feature footage captured by the Eurosport helicopter. Coverage will also be available on the Azores Airlines Rallye official YouTube channel and website.


Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “With a record-breaking entry including 35 R5 cars, the Azores Airlines Rallye was already a big success. But with confirmation of live television coverage, one of the best events of the season has just got better.”


Azores Airlines Rallye live broadcast schedule (all times local, CET -2):

Wednesday 21 March

20h20: City Show


Thursday 22 March

14h40: SS1 Lagoa Stage

15h25: SS2 Vila Franca São Brás

16h25: SS3 Grupo Marques 1


Friday 23 March

11h30: SS6 Sete Cidades 1

15h30: SS9 Sete Cidades 2


Saturday 24 March

11h50: SS12 Grupo Marques 2

16h15: Tronqueira 2

18h15: Podium