Bernardo Sousa is back to Madeira in a competing car. The driver from Madeira is going to race the competition organized by Club Sports da Madeira “to fight for the podium in the National Championship. many opponents have cars more recent than ours, under such circumstances, there is nothing left to do than to adjust our goals. It will be very difficult to compete with Alexandre Camacho, Miguel Nunes and Pedro Paixão, even because our vehicle should be about 0,5 seconds slower per kilometre. We can’t test the car but we hope, within the limitations, to be able to make a few adjustments before the competition is on the roads. I haven’t been competing in this rally since 2014, precisely because knowledge is very important to the achievement of a good outcome.
Without an important change in our budget, this shall be my last competition in 2021.”
Sousa is 34 years old and had his debut in the rallies in 2005 with a Ford Escort RS. In the following year, he drove a Peugeot 206 S1600 in the Island’s championship and a Skoda Fabia TDI in the national competition. In 2007, he drove a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX and got his first absolute standing in Porto Santo. After that, he has been driving several vehicles in different secondary levels of WRC. In 2010, was a national champion standing with a Ford Fiesta S2000. In 2018 and 2019 he raced in the championship from Azores. In 2021 he got back to the sports with a Skoda Fabia R5 and is the fifth in a national championship that shone in Vodafone Rally de Portugal.