One of the most successful partnerships in Portuguese rallying will be reunited for round three of the FIA European Rally Championship. But despite sharing the same surname, Bruno and Carlos Magalhães are not related.
Carlos Magalhães, who turned 51 yesterday, co-drove his namesake Bruno for three seasons and guided him to two of his three Portuguese championship titles. He was also by his side when the duo famously won the IRC-counting SATA Rallye Açores in 2010 (pictured).
However, the partnership was put on hold at the end of 2010 as Carlos Magalhães teamed up with Daniel Oliveira, while Bruno Magalhães recruited Paulo Grave as his replacement. But they are back competing together again for a six-event ERC campaign in 2014 starting with this week’s Acropolis Rally.
“It’s very important [to have him back] because I know very well Carlos and he knows me very well,” said Bruno Magalhães. “The relationship inside the car with him is very good. He has made the Acropolis Rally before in the WRC and for sure it will be a very good help for me. We have a very good relationship and I like a lot his pacenotes. He has a lot of experience so for sure it will be good to return with Carlos in the European championship.”
Bruno and Carlos Magalhães will compete in a Delta Rally Peugeot 207 Super 2000 in Greece before they switch to a 208T16 for SATA Rallye Açores from 15- 17 of May
you can see the notice in the official FIAERC.COM