Next Round 12: RACC Rallye de Espana 22-24 Oct
For many years Spain's round of the WRC was based on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona. But that all changed in 2005 when the event moved to the other side of the Catalan capital to a new home on the Costa Daurada, where it's remained ever since.
The event's nature hasn't changed much, however, with the wide, sweeping asphalt roads providing the fastest sealed-surface stages of the season. Racing driving techniques can pay dividends on the fast asphalt stages as drivers aim for smooth lines through the turns to maximise their speed.
The event is based in the PortAventura theme park, in the town of Salou in the Tarragona region. It's extremely popular with spectators - especially the Spanish who were weaned on years of success for double champion and 26-times rally winner Carlos Sainz.
New for 2010
The penultimate round of the 2010 World Rally Championship, Spain is also the final event in the Junior World Rally Championship.
Click: wrc.com/countdown/rally de espana
Official Website: rallyracc.com/2010/