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Wed 04 Oct 2023

Chile return ticks all boxes in service park

Drivers and team principals have praised Rally Chile Bio Bío’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship following last week’s event.

The Concepción-based event was back on the schedule for the first time since 2019 and delivered spellbinding and enormously challenging competition for the world’s fastest drivers last week.


Rally winner Ott Tänak certainly enjoyed his second consecutive win on the Pacific side of the Andes.


“It’s a really nice rally,” said the Ford Puma Rally Hybrid driver. “The roads are a big challenge, it’s not so much about the performance – you have to think more because of the surface. But the stages themselves are a lot of fun.”


M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener agreed with his driver, adding: “It takes a long time to get to Chile, but it has certainly been worth it! Memories were made here this weekend none of us will forget in a hurry.”

The top two in WRC2 were big fans of Chile too. Category winner Oliver Solberg said: “From the start, from Thursday night in Los Ángeles, with all of those fans, this has been a fantastic event. It’s a proper, proper challenge.”


Four years ago, Gus Greensmith wasn’t sure about Chile. Now he can’t wait to be back.


Solberg’s fellow Toksport Škoda driver said: “To be brutally honest, when I left here in 2019, I really didn’t think much of Rally Chile. 


“This year for sure, I completely changed my mind on that idea. For me, it’s been the most challenging rally of the year [with] the tyre management, the fact some stages we had no tyre wear, some stages we had more tyre wear than anywhere else in the championship. 


“The stages were incredibly beautiful, incredible deceptive corners, it’s a huge, huge challenge.”


The organisers of the South American event have promised the 2024 return will provide an even bigger challenge.