The WTCC's Portuguese round will switch venues

The Race of Portugal, the World Touring Car Championship’s seventh round of the 2012 season, has found a new home, with series organisers announcing that the event will switch from Estoril to the spectacular Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Event organisers have cited the rather vague “logistics” excuse for the change in venue, but the move is sure to please many of the championship’s drivers, who would consider the undulating circuit to be one of their favourites on this year’s calendar.

The circuit, built in 2008, held its one and only World Touring Car Championship round in 2010. The first race was won by local hero Tiago Monteiro, while SEAT team-mate Gabriele Tarquini completed a clean sweep to claim victory in the second race.

The series is holding its first round of the 2012 season this weekend at Monza. You can read our bumper race preview by clicking here.

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