WRC - Rough terrain and river crossings ready to challenge drivers on Rally Argentina

21.04.17

WRC - 2017 Rally Argentina - Preview

   
2017 RALLY ARGENTINA
  

The FIA World Rally Championship contenders head back to the Americas and a country where the passion for motor sport is like nowhere else. YPF Rally Argentina (27-30 April) is a firm favourite on the calendar and one of the most diverse with its contrast between soft and sandy gravel roads to the south and the rock strewn narrow stages high in the Traslasierra mountains to the west of the rally base in Villa Carlos Paz. Running as the fifth round of the series this year, the event remains in the southern hemisphere’s early autumn, bringing with it the potential for inclement weather and dense fog, especially at altitude. Numerous river crossings also characterise South America’s round of the Championship.  

Rally Argentina was first held in 1980 in Tucumán province and, after a year in Bariloche in 1983, then found its home in Villa Carlos Paz, 700 kilometres from Buenos Aires, in 1984. Nowhere else do the World Rally Championship contenders receive such a warm and passionate welcome from motor sport fanatics at they do in Argentina. They turn out in their tens of thousands, camping along the route and creating a carnival atmosphere with their tents, campervans and traditional barbeques. 

After four events on different surfaces, four different crews from each of the four manufacturers have stood on the top step of the podium, underlining the success of the new World Rally Car regulations. So, as the contenders head to South America for another fresh challenge, everything remains wide open in what is proving to be one of the most competitive and unpredictable championships in years.

Two stages will be broadcast live internationally; SS13 on Saturday and the closing Power Stage (SS18) on Sunday.

ROUTE GRAPHICS

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THE 2017 ROUTE

The route for the 2017 Rally Argentina is largely the same as last year. The event kicks off on Thursday evening with the mixed surface 1.75-kilometre super special in the City of Córdoba before heading south into the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita mountains on Friday. Two loops of three stages await and the San Agustín-Villa General Belgrano stage kicks off the action, the 19.95 kilometre run returning for the first time since 2008. Saturday’s route in the Punilla Valley is the longest competitively and the classic Tanti-Villa Bustos stage will be run in the opposite direction, starting on asphalt in the town. Sunday, as always, is the shortest and takes in the spectacular landscapes of Traslasierra and the Mina Clavero and El Cóndor stages.

WHAT WE SAID…

“Rally Argentina is another distinctive and demanding event, and the people have huge enthusiasm for motor sport,” said Jarmo Mahonen, FIA Rally Director. “The stages vary a lot in character and the weather can be really changeable, so it’s going to be a fifth very different test for the new cars, as well as the tyres. With four different winners already this season, once again it’s going to be fascinating to see who comes out on top."

RALLY DATA

Total distance:
Stage distance:
Number of stages:

1,417.98 km
357.59 km (25.22%)
18

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

The Accreditation Centre is located at the Auditorium of Hotel Portal del Lago, Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina. The opening hours are:

Tuesday 25 April
Wednesday 26 April
Thursday 27 April
Friday 28 April 

14:00 – 20:00 hrs
08:00 – 20:00 hrs
08:00 – 20:00 hrs 
08:00 – 12:00 hrs 

RALLY ARGENTINA TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIA

Wednesday 26 April
Mandatory media safety briefing, photographers' room 

Thursday 27 April
Shakedown (P1 drivers)
Shakedown (All Priority drivers)
Shakedown (non-Priority drivers)
'Meet the Crews', Service Park
FIA Press Conference, Press Room
SSS1, Córdoba City

Friday 28 April
Regroup
First car arrives for regroup, service and Media Zone
Regroup
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone
'Meet the Crews', Service Park

Saturday 29 April
First car arrives for regroup, service and Media Zone
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone
'Meet the Crews', Service Park

Sunday 30 April
Regroup
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone
Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Villa Carlos Paz
FIA Press Conference, Press Room


17:15 hrs


08:00-09:30 hrs
09:30-11:30 hrs
11:30-13:30 hrs
12:00 hrs
12:30 hrs
19:08 hrs


12:14 hrs
12:54 hrs
18:53 hrs
19:33 hrs
During the 45' service


11:54 hrs
16:54 hrs
During the 45' service


11:41 hrs
13:38 hrs
14:40 hrs
15:30 hrs 

FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

Thursday 27 April






Sunday 30 April

Pontus Tidemand, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Benito Guerra, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Craig Breen, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 
Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Motorsport 
Elfyn Evans, M-Sport World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala, Toyota GAZOO Racing WRT

Winning FIA WRC 2 Championship crew
Top three crews in the overall classification
Representative of the winning competitor

MANUFACTURER ENTRIES, RALLY ARGENTINA

M-Sport World Rally Team



Hyundai Motorsport



Citroën Total Abu Dhabi
WRT 

Toyota GAZOO
Racing WRT

Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#1)
Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja  (#2)
Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (#3)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (#4)
Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#5)
Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (#6)

Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (#7)
Craig Breen / Scott Martin (#8)

Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (#10)
Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström (#11)

ADDITIONAL MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES 

Autograph Signing Session: On Friday and Saturday selected crews will be available for a 15 minute autograph session. This will take place in the service park during the end of day service at the teams’ service areas. 

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classifications for all the WRC Championships can be found on the following link:

http://www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2017/standings

STAGE CHART

Shortly after the finish of the event, a downloadable stage chart showing the progressive positions of the leading crews during the rally will be available. This is copyright free for editorial purposes and available at the following link:

http://www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2017/stage-chart-16