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Xion Rally Argentina

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Xion Rally Argentina
Start Date: 23.04.2015
End Date: 26.04.2015
Timezone: UTC -3
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 12 (342,59 km)
Distance: 1396,34 km
Servicepark: Villa Carlos Paz
Website: http://www.rallyargentina.com

Route

  • Based in the lakeside resort of Villa Carlos Paz, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires and 30 minutes from Cordoba city.
  • Stages based in Cordoba province, ranging from open plains in the Punilla Valley to stunning mountain roads in the Traslasierra mountains. 
  • Starts with a new Thursday evening super special stage in Villa de Merlo. 
  • Long stages feature prominently. Friday’s 52km test from Agua de Oro across the Sierras Chicas mountains to Ascochinga and Saturday’s 56km San Marcos - Characato will both run twice. 
  • The popular super special in Carlos Paz will close Friday’s leg and will be broadcast on live TV. 
  • Sunday’s final leg will comprise a double pass of the classic El Cóndor test, famed for its moonlike landscape.

Challenge

  • The contrast between the fast stages of the gentle Calamuchita Valley, rugged roads in the plains of the Punilla Valley and rocky, narrow mountain tracks.
  • 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.

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 2015

  • Thursday night’s curtain-raiser in Villa de Merlo, 235km from Carlos Paz in San Luis province, has never been held before. 
  • Two stages north of Carlos Paz will feature roads not used since 2007. 
  • The fast stages in the Calamuchita valley have been dropped from the itinerary.

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.
  • 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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01 Jan 2015

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