Armindo Araújo enters the 56th Azores Rallye with the goal of winning “the Campeonato de Portugal de Ralis (Portuguese Rally Championship). This is a very difficult and demanding rally but Racing Factory has done an excellent job and provided us with the best conditions to fight for the triumphs. In Fafe the CPR ended at the end of the first day and, as such, our pace was free in the second leg and we could go for the best absolute general classification and we managed to be second. In the Azores, the whole race will count for the national championship and we can’t take risks, having this competition in mind. In São Miguel, the fight for a good position in the ERC will be secondary.”
Born on September 1, 1977, Araújo made his rallying debut in 2000 with a Citroën Saxo Cup. He is one of the Portuguese drivers with the most complete palmarés as he was world Production champion in 2009 and 2010. Before that, he had already won the national title four times, between 2003 and 2006, and replicated that feat on two more occasions, in 2018 and 2020. At the very beginning of his career, he was promotion champion in 2000 and won the Saxo trophy in 2001. He has worked for brands such as Citroën, Mitsubishi, Mini and Hyundai. Since 2020 he has been at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo and is the current CPR leader.