Villas-Boas to make WRC rally debut

Without a club since his sensational resignation in Marseille, André Villas-Boas will return to competition in Portugal from May 20 to 23, but in a rally. The WRC published on Tuesday a list of 81 entries including the former OM coach.

Three months after having resigned from his post as coach of an OM completely stopped, André Villas-Boas will return to competition … at very high speed. The technician is one of the 81 entered in the WRC Portugal rally, from May 20 to 23, in the WRC3 category.

Without a club since his departure with great noise from the Old Port, Villas-Boas has long been passionate about motor racing. In 2018, the former coach of Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham even took the start of the Dakar before giving up.

A family car passion

On Portuguese roads, Villas-Boas will be driving a Citroën C3, accompanied by a compatriot as co-driver, Gonçalo Magalhaes. For the former Olympian coach, the passion for motor racing is a family story. His father used to take him to Formula 1 Grand Prix and WRC rallies when he was young and his uncle competed twice in the Dakar (in 1982 and 1984).

For his debut in the WRC, the coach will want to forget his unfortunate experience on the Dakar, when he had to be evacuated by helicopter after a violent jump landing in the Peruvian dunes. Villas-Boas will be on track from Friday for three specials on the roads of Arganil, near Coimbra.

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