La Argentina would cease to be the only country in South America to have a date by World Rally if the negotiations that they maintain Chilean promoters They come to fruition for the WRC to dispute a date of their championship on the other side of the Andes.
The trans-Andean people took the first step this weekend with a race that took place in the Eighth Region within the framework of the first date of Mobil Rally, the local rally event. The test included the presence of Simon Larkin, director of World Cup category events; Olivier Ciesla, head of the promotion of the category; and even the former pilot Michele mouton, in charge of rally safety.
“We still have many factors to analyze before drawing up the 2019 calendar, including the possible incorporation of Chile. The initial idea is to increase the current 13 dates and have 14. We have to think about logistics issues, such as the transport of cars and other competition materials. Therefore, it is a good option to think about doing the Mexico, Argentina and Chile loop ”, Larkin told El Mercurio.
We are not an alternative to anyone, not to Chile, not to Mexico, or to any other event of the championship.
But beyond the words of the manager, in our country there is more than one who thinks that Chile could complicate the visit of the WRC in Córdoba. A ghost that will only vanish when there is an official communication about the next calendar, something that is not even possible to elucidate at this time of year.
For Arch. David Eli, coordinator of the Rally Argentina, the region can bank on two World Cup dates and bases that opinion on the lack of places in Europe to hold competitions on gravel. “It is not easy to find scenarios of this type. That is why they are looking for countries like Turkey, which is entering this year; there is also talk of the return of Kenya, South Africa and China ”, Eli told Automundo.
Delving into Chile's candidacy, he highlighted: “They have good roads, but they were always anti FIA. They never wanted to be up to the FIA standards and that's why they never had a Codasur test. They never wanted to conform to the FIA standards, so the first thing they should do is that. I cannot tell you that I wish him the best of success, but if he is, he is… "
Finally, he valued the trajectory of Rally Argentina within the World Championship as something very positive. “We are not an alternative to anyone, not to Chile, not to Mexico, or to any other event of the championship. We have 38 years of history and we have been through it all. I am not afraid of them. And, I repeat, if it is, let it be. It's good that there is someone to measure yourself against because that always forces you to improve ”.
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