Cas is already traditional at this time of year, the World Rally makes a stop in our country to dispute a date on his calendar. The 38th Rally of Argentina organized by the Automobile Club Argentino It will be played between this Thursday and Sunday in the province of Cordoba and it will be valid for the fifth commitment of the contest.
The epicenter of the race will be in Villa Carlos Paz. There will be the Service Park (between the Hotel Portal del Lago and Lake San Roque). In this area, in addition, two special tests will be carried out. The first will be on Thursday afternoon / night in the heart of the city and the rest will be held in the Theme Park, at the entrance to the mountain village, on Friday and Saturday at noon.
The competition will also travel the three valleys of Cordoba: Calamuchita, Punilla and Traslasierra. It will be divided into three stages that will total 1.300,65 kilometers of which 358,25 km correspond to 18 special tests and the remaining 942,40 km to link sections.
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In total Habra 52 participating, among which 12 of the WRC stand out representing the four official teams M-Sport Ford, Hyundai, Citroën and Toyota; and 10 of WRC2, the second most important category in the World Cup. The rest will run for the tournament Codasur y ACA Cup.
Before the start of the competition, on Thursday afternoon, there will be a tribute to Jorge Recalde on the 30th anniversary of his victory in this test. The Cordovan, who died on March 10, 2001, remains the only driver from the American continent to have won a date for the World Cup.
Each of the official teams has in its ranks riders in a position to win. In the M-Sport Ford the French stands out Sébastien Ogier, leader of the tournament and with three victories this year (Monte Carlo, Mexico and Corsica). The Quintuple will try to settle an account since he never won in Córdoba, although he was close several times.
Hyundai is the team to beat as it won in 2016 with the New Zealander Hayden Paddon and last year with the Belgian Thierry Neuville, the great reference of the Korean brand. Toyota's chances are deposited in the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, who is characterized by his speed. Although precisely not forgiving the accelerator at certain times has cost him big accidents. While Citroën, the most successful brand of this career with ten wins, has the Irish as its flag bearer Chris Meeke, as fast as irregular.
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There will be two Argentines running in the WRC2 category: the Neuquén Alejandro Cancio (Skoda Fabia R5) and the tucumano Geronimo Padilla (Peugeot 208 T16 MR), leader of the Argentine Rally. Marcos Ligato He had planned to participate in the WRC, but a health problem prevented him from doing so.
Drivers scored by Codasur and the ACA Cup will dispute nine of the 18 stages of the race. They will be the first five of the opening stage and the first four of the second day.
This Rally Argentina will be a good opportunity to follow the Finn closely Kalle Rovanpera, son of former pilot Harri rovanpera. He is 17 years old and has an enormous talent. Race in WRC2 with an official Skoda Fabia. It will have # 35 on its sides.
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Safety is an important issue in any rally race. In the case of the Argentine date, a yellow card what got the International Automobile Federation two years ago due to the poor location of the public. In other words, the future of the event depends on the spectators themselves. All you have to do is be located in the permitted areas that are identified with yellow tapes. The non-enabled sectors, on the other hand, are marked with red ribbons. In addition, if you respect these signs, you must obey the organizers and, mainly, the Córdoba police who guard all sections of the race. The idea is to enjoy this event and have a good experience to come back the following year.
Important fact. The entrances to each special test have closing hours. For those who go by car it is four hours before the start of the special test; while for those who are walking this occurs two hours before the start. To avoid inconveniences, it is best to arrive as far in advance as possible.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE RACE BY RADIO
If you are going to be on the road, it is best to tune in Chain 3 (AM 700 and www.cadena3.com), which performs a special coverage of the test for several hours. This will not only let you know how the competition is developing, but also if there is any indication to the public regarding safety.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE RACE ON TV
FOX SPORTS 3
Thursday 26: Live broadcast of the Super Special from 19 to 20)
Friday 27th: Summary of day 1 from 22 to 23.
Saturday 28th: Live broadcast PE 10, from 9 to 10.30, and PE 14, from 14 to 17. Summary of day 2 from 22 to 23.
Sunday 29th: Live broadcast PE 16, from 9 to 10, and the Power Stage, from 12 to 13.30:3. Summary of day 22 from 23 to XNUMX.
CÓRDOBA CHANNEL 12 (Motta Producciones)
Thursday 26: Live broadcast of the Super Special from 19 to 20. From the Service Park from 00 to 01.
Friday 27th: Live broadcast from the Service Park from 18:19 to 1:00. Summary of day 01 from XNUMX to XNUMX.
Saturday 28th: Live broadcast PE 10, from 9 to 10.30, and PE 14, from 14 to 17. Summary of day 2 from 00 to 01.
Sunday 29th: Live broadcast PE 16 and the Power Stage from 9 to 13.30. Summary of day 3 from 20 to 21.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE RACE ON RED BULL TV
The energy drink streaming platform will carry out special coverage, as it does with all World Cup events. It can be followed by www.redbull.tv/WRC and in apps for all devices. The transmission will feature the participation of David Nalbandian. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 22 pm, there will be Highlights. And on Saturday, in addition, a live broadcast will be added.
PILOTS: 1) Sébastien Ogier (FRA), 84 points; 2) Thierry Neuville (BEL), 67; 3) Ott Tänak (EST), 45; 4) Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), 41; 5) Kris Meeke (ING), 36; 6) Esapekka Lappi (FIN), 36; 7) Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), 31; 8) Dani Sordo (ESP), 30; 9) Craig Breen (IRL), 20; 10) Elfyn Evans (ING), 18.
BUILDERS: 1) Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT, 111 points; 2) M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, 107; 3) Toyota GAZOO Racing WRT, 93; 4) Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT, 81.
WRC2: 1) Jan Kopecky (CZE), 50 points; 2) Pontus Tidemand (SUE), 43; 3) Takamoto Katsuta (JAP), 29; 4) Ole Christian Veiby (NOR), 27; 5) Eddie Sciessere (ITA), 18.
SPECIAL TESTS AND SCHEDULES Map Rally Argentina 2018 ?
PE 2 | 08:13 | Personal Las Bajadas-Villa del Dique (16,65 km)
PE 3 | 09:00 | Amboy-Yacanto (33,58 km)
PE 4 | 10:13 | Santa Rosa-San Agustin (23,85 km)
PE 5 | 12:08 | Fernet Branca Super Special (6,04 km)
PE 6 | 14:51 | Personal Las Bajadas-Villa del Dique (16,65 km)
PE 7 | 15:38 | Amboy-Yacanto (33,58 km)
PE 8 | 16:51 | Santa Rosa-San Agustin (23,85 km)
2 STAGE Map ?
PE 9 | 8:23 | Tanti-Mataderos (13,92 km)
PE 10 | 9:08 | Los Gigantes-Cuchilla Nevada (16,02 km)
PE 11 | 9:35 | Cuchilla Nevada-Río Pintos (40,48 km)
PE 12 | 11:38 | Fernet Branca Super Special (6,04 km)
PE 13 | 13:23 | Tanti-Mataderos (13,92 km)
PE 14 | 14:08 | Los Gigantes-Cuchilla Nevada (16,02 km)
PE 15 | 14:35 | Cuchilla Nevada-Río Pintos (40,48 km)
3 STAGE Map ?
PE 16 | 09:08 | Copina-El Condor Hotels (16,43 km)
PE 17 | 09:55 | Giulio Cesare-Mina Clavero Hotels (22,41 km)
PE 18 | 12:18 | Copina-El Condor Hotels (16,43 km)