Who’s doing what this week
WITH XION RALLY ARGENTINA OVER, WRC.COM TAKES A PEAK INTO THE DIARIES OF THE DRIVERS AND CO-DRIVERS TO FIND OUT WHO’S DOING WHAT IN THE WEEK BEFORE THE RECCE STARTS FOR ROUND SIX AT COPEC RALLY CHILE.
Who’s staying this side of the Atlantic and who’s making the 11,000km journey back to Europe?
Defending world champion Sébastien Ogier flew home to spend the week with his family. Ogier’s co-driver Julien Ingrassia remains in the Americas, but heads directly to Chile to acclimatise and familiarise himself with Concepcion, an all-new WRC location.
Citroën colleagues Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm booked flights back to Europe, landing in Madrid. They will remain in Spain for the week on holiday before flying to Santiago.
M-Sport Ford and Hyundai crews are all staying on the same side of the Atlantic, but spreading themselves far and wide between North and South America.
The British squad heads directly to Santiago for a week of mountain biking with great local guidance from Pedro and Alberto Heller.
Thierry Neuville heads north into the United States, while his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul will explore Argentina with his father. Andreas Mikkelsen is bound for Buenos Aires and Brazil with his girlfriend, while Anders Jaeger travels around Argentina with his wife.
Dani Sordo was only ever booked in for the first half of the South American adventure – but the Spaniard stays on for a few days, working with local Hyundai subsidiaries in Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador before returning home. Sébastien Loeb flies out to take Sordo’s seat in the i20 Coupe WRC.
Toyota’s crews are split with Ott Tänak flying to Mexico, while co-driver Martin Järveoja enjoys a slightly delayed honeymoon in Santiago. Kris Meeke returns home to Andorra to see his young family, while Seb Marshall takes to the foothills of the Andes on a mountain bike.
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila will head north for a week in Los Angeles.