El April 28 2019 that WRC accelerated for the last time in the province of Cordova under the 39th Rally Argentina, which was left in the hands of the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai). That is to say that already 803 days have passed since the last time the World Rally set foot on Argentine soil.
Then came the pandemic of coronavirus and the most relevant "rally" event in the entire American continent lost its place in the specialty calendar. In 2020 it was postponed, first; and then canceled. For this year it was not even taken into account to be part of the tournament. And it seems that in 2022 the same fate will run.
At the meeting of World Motor Council of International Automobile Federation celebrated in Monaco Nine races of the 13 scheduled for the upcoming contest were confirmed, in which the regulations will be released Rally1 (hybrid vehicles), and Argentina is conspicuous by its absence.
The inaugural test will be the Monte Carlo Rally, on January 22 and 23; while at the end of February the Rally of Sweden, which for the first time will be based in Umeå. The other seven countries that already have a place secured are Portugal, Italy, Kenya, Japan, Spain, Estonia y Greece. "The remaining four places will be confirmed later”, They announced from the World Cup organization.
The final decision largely depends on the pandemic itself. Although there is another information that must be taken into account: Rally Argentina has no current contract because the last one, precisely, won in 2019. Which does not happen with the Rally Chile, who suffered the same fate, but still has a year to fulfill in his agreement.
Will this situation be reversed for next year or will the days since the WRC's last visit to Argentina continue to increase?