YPF Rally Argentina
|Stages:||18 (364,68 km)|
|Servicepark:||Villa Carlos Paz|
- Vast pampas plains, rugged mountains and softer lakeland landscapes provide three distinct legs in the valleys of the Cordoba sierras.
- Based in lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city.
- Spectacular super special stage in downtown Villa Carlos Paz kicks off the action on Thursday night.
- Route journeys south on Friday for two loops of fast, sandy tracks in Calamuchita Valley. The morning ends with a super special in a Villa Carlos Paz theme park.
- Second leg heads west into Punilla Valley for two identical loops, the theme park roads again closing the morning action.
- Sunday brings gruelling rock strewn tracks in the Traslasierra mountains, famed for their moonlike landscape, and includes classic El Cóndor and Giulio Cesare tests.
- Copina – El Cóndor. A rugged mountain test that climbs to more than 2100 metres and is tackled twice in Sunday’s finale, the second time as the Power Stage. Driven uphill this year, the scenery is stunning as the road crosses hanging bridges and twists and turns among improbably high rocks at the top of the mountain.
- 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!