New street circuits aren’t usually that exciting but the World Tour Car Championship has found a beauty in Portugal. This weekend the WTCC visited Vila Real for the first time which was rightly described by one driver as a cross between Macau and the Nordschleife. The circuit has been used in different configurations since 1931 and incorporates plenty of picturesque residential streets, long sweeping corners, and fairly significant elevation changes. It looked spectacular.
Although the FIA demanded an extra chicane, and also stipulated that armco barriers must replace the stone walls that previously lined the circuit, it didn’t lose much of it’s old-school character. The race attracted huge crowds, proved to be a hit with drivers, and was undoubtedly a great addition to the WTCC calendar.