YPF Rally Argentina
|Stages:||18 (364,68 km)|
|Servicepark:||Villa Carlos Paz|
- Based in the lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city.
- After a super special stage in Cordoba’s streets on Thursday evening, Friday journeys south to fast and sandy tracks in the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita valley, some of which haven’t been driven for four years.
- It also includes two passes through the popular super special stage at the theme park on the edge of Villa Carlos Paz.
- The second leg stays close to Villa Carlos Paz and features roads that have not been driven since 2012.
- Sunday climbs up to the rock strewn roads of the Traslasierra mountains, famed for its moonlike landscape, and includes the classic El Cóndor and Giulio Cesare tests.
- The contrast between soft roads in the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita Valley and rocky, narrow tracks in the Traslasierra mountains.
- Sandy gravel roads become heavily rutted for the second pass and moving out of the ‘rails’ can pitch a car off the road.
- Many river crossings in the valleys which become wide and deep in wet weather.
- Early autumn in the southern hemisphere brings a risk of fog and possibly even ice in the mountains.
- Gravel suspension.
- Drivers raise the ride height to cope with rutted roads for the second pass of stages.
- Hard and soft compound tyres available.
- First run in 1980 in Tucumán province in the north, when it was known as Rally Codasur.
- The 1982 edition was cancelled due to the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
- Moved to Bariloche, in the south, in 1983 but found its home in Cordoba in 1984.
- Argentines are passionate soccer fans and in 2007 a stage was held at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires while Cordoba stadium, home to Talleres, has twice hosted stages and the finish.
What’s new for 2016
- An exciting new street test in Cordoba city kicks off the action on Thursday night.
- The return of roads north of Cordoba which haven’t featured for 12 years and will be new to most drivers.
- Few vantage points can compare with a place perched high on the roadside rocks at the start of the high altitude El Condor stage. Keep an eye out for the soaring condors too.
- Just as dramatic is the stunning moonlike vista of the nearby Giulio Cesare test.
- Soak up the crackling atmosphere by joining tens of thousands of enthusiastic Latin American fans at one of the big jumps or in the vast open pampas. It’s fiesta time!