The Costa Brava Rally is a rally competition developed annually in the Costa Brava (Spain) from 1953 to 1987, and then again since 2005. It has been scoring for the European Rally Championship and the Spanish Rally Championship. Between 1988 and 2004 it was not celebrated, when merging with the Catalonia Rally, but in 2005 it returned to the national calendar staying four years. Since 2010 it is a historic rally carried out by the RallyClassics team and scored for the Spanish Rally Championship and the European Historic Championships.
The first edition was held on May 10, 1953, where forty participants took the start, among them only three did with a car, the rest being motorcyclists. The start and finish was made in the city of Barcelona.
In 1960 the eighth edition was disputed, where the inscriptions were only opened to motorcycles. The itinerary was divided into two stages with start and finish in Barcelona and visiting different Catalan locations. The absolute winner was José Boada at the controls of a Motobic, who also won in the A category, while in the remaining categories the winners were: “Falcon” with a Guzzi in category B and J. Sol with a Bultaco in C.
In its first editions it was scoring for the Championships of Spain and Catalonia of Motoring as well as for the Championship of Motorcycling of Catalonia.
Shortly after its inauguration, it became a scoring event for the Catalonia Rally Championship. In 1957, it became a scoring event for the Spanish Rally Championship and in 1964, it was requested that it be accepted in the international calendar. After two years on the international calendar, it was thought that it was eligible for the European Rally Championship, which was achieved in 1972.
In 1988, the two most important rallies in the region, the Costa Brava Rally and the Catalonia Rally, merged and was renamed Rally Cataluña-Costa Brava. It was the first in Spain to be included in the calendar of the World Rally Championship with the name of Rally of Spain, in 1991. The XXIV editions disputed by the Rally Catalunya were taken into account, instead of the XXXV editions corresponding to the Costa Brava Rally. At the same time, the biker group “10 Per Hour” continued to organize, first the Costa Brava-Lloret Rally (in 1988), and then the Lloret-Costa Brava Rally (1989-1994).
In 2005 the race was held again, edition number 53 taking into account, therefore, the seventeen editions of the Rally Catalonia-Costa Brava from 1988 to 2004, and as a pre-inspection of the Spanish Rally Championship. The following year the test was included in the national calendar until the year 2009, since in 2010 it would not be scoring for the championship itself.
In 2011 the test was scoring for the championship of Spain, Europe and Catalonia Historical, both in the speed mode and regularity. In speed, the Norwegian Valter Ch. Jensen won, in regularity the Italian Raffaelo Raimondo. In the Spanish championship, Enric Xargay won in speed and José Luis Marcó in regularity.
Rally Costa Brava Histórico
|2004||1º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Jaume Tobella||Alex Santacatalina||Porsche 911|
|2005||2º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Antonio Zanini||Gloria Zanini||Porsche 911|
|2006||3º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Carlo Fiorito||Luigia Fiorito||Autobianchi A-112|
|2007||4º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Carlo Fiorito||Luigia Fiorito||Autobianchi A-112|
|2008||5º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Salvador Tallada||Toni Bagó||VW Golf|
|2009||6º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Joao Mexia||Nuno Sales||Porsche 911|
|2010||7º Rally Costa Brava Histórico||Raymond Horgnies||Christophe Hayez||Porsche 911|