Rally Argentina

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Rally Argentina
Start Date: 27.04.2017
End Date: 30.04.2017
Timezone: UTC -3
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 18 (357,59 km)
Distance: 1417,98 km
Servicepark: VILLA CARLOS PAZ
Website: http://www.rallyargentina.com

Route

  • Vast pampas plains contrast with rugged mountains and softer lakeland landscapes to provide three very different locations. 
  • Based in lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city. 
  • Crowd-pleasing super special stage in downtown Cordoba kicks off the action on Thursday evening. 
  • Competitors head south on Friday for two loops of fast, sandy tracks in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita valley. Each ends with a popular super special at a theme park on the edge of Villa Carlos Paz. 
  • Second leg heads north-west into Punilla Valley for the longest day, again featuring two identical loops. 
  • Sunday climbs rock strewn roads of the Traslasierra mountains, famed for its moonlike landscape, and includes classic El Cóndor and Giulio Cesare tests.

Challenge

  • 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.

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.
  • Drivers raise the ride height to cope with rutted roads for the second pass of stages.
  • Hard and soft compound tyres available.

History

  • 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 2017

  • Thursday night street test in Cordoba city features a new layout with gravel and asphalt roads. It has also been lengthened to 1.75km. 
  • Saturday’s stage from Tanti to Villa Bustos will run in the opposite direction to 2016.

Don’t miss

  • 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!

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