Undoubtedly, the decision of the organizers of the World Rally Championship not to put on your calendar 2021 al Rally Argentina fell like a bucket of cold water among the fans of the specialty and even the organizers of the event, who were already in advanced talks so that the Edition 40, which was to be held this year in Cordovacan finally be carried out.
After the postponement and subsequent cancellation of the 2020 race due to the known situation of the coronavirus pandemic, the Automobile Club Argentino and the company + Events They began to speak to set a final date for the competition for the next fiscal year. Calls were made, emails were sent and The only thing missing was the final OK from those responsible for the tournament.
Because of the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19, Rally Argentina was going to move from its traditional date. April was going to happen to September, a month that is not ideal for this type of event due to the drought and fire risk, as happened a few weeks ago. But the authorities of the Mediterranean province understood that if there was no other chance, they would have to adapt to the situation and take extreme security to have a smooth rally.
But when the decisive email came from the promoters of the WRC, the local organization got a big surprise: because of the coronavirus situation, precisely, It was decided to reduce the dates from 14 to 12, do more races in Europe and prioritize in the calendar those events with contracts still in force for 2021, something that the Argentine test lacked. That is why the World Rally Championship will have a stopover in Chile, which does have it, and not in our country.
With all that Rally Argentina means for the very history of our motorsport, it is difficult to accept that it is not done.. However, there is still some alternative for it to be disputed, although not in a World Cup context; beyond that it is listed in the 2021 championship as contingency test (It could replace another, but as long as the organization achieves its funding and the time of year is right).
The strongest possibility is that it is a relevant date for the CODASUR tournament, as happened on other occasions when their cars shared the race with the WRC and WRC2. Although in this case, the participants of the South American contest would be the main protagonists. They would surely also have the accompaniment of the Argentine Rally.
It may not be the same because a World Cup is a World Cup, but at least it would serve to maintain the tradition, which was interrupted this year by the damn virus. It would even be a good opportunity for this exceptional edition be named after some glory by way of tribute.