RALLY ARGENTINA 2019: 39 YEARS GENERATING EMOTIONS
Next year Rally Argentina will celebrate its 39° edition and this will be the fifth round of FIA World Rally Championship from April 25 to 28. With a demanding and attractive itinerary, the Organization has defined the tracks that will generate new emotions in the stars as well as in the hundreds of thousands of fans who gather every year in the hills of Córdoba.
Putting emphasis once again on the safety, the Organization is working along with the police authorities of the Province to reinforce even more this aspect.
Organized by the Automóvil Club Argentino since 1979, Rally Argentina has stood out for being one of the most popular rounds of the WRC calendar, where drivers and fans share their passion for this motor sport. In 2019, a revised and updated version will keep alive its magic and flame that has marked this rally right from its beginnings.
On Thursday 25, the action will start with the Shakedown during the morning with a new schedule (as from 10 a.m.) in the stage Villa Carlos Paz – Cabalango. The big official opening will be at night in a street circuit in the downtown of Villa Carlos Paz, which has dazzled everybody this year.
On Friday, the action will be in the Valley of Calamuchita with two passages, one in the morning and the other one in the afternoon, through Las Bajadas – Villa del Dique, Amboy – Yacanto and Santa Rosa –San Agustín. At midday, rally cars will complete two turns around the fantastic Super Special Stage of Parque Temático, before entering the Service Park in Villa Carlos Paz. With extended assistance time when returning from the first stages of the day (40 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes), drivers will be able to interact and be closer than ever to the people.
On Saturday 27, it will be the turn of the classics of Punilla: the fast Tanti – Mataderos, and a longer version of the stage running to Cuchilla Nevada this time starting from Mataderos; lastly Cuchilla Nevada – Characato.
At midday, cars will measure each other side by side with a new simultaneous start in Parque Temático, to then be repaired in view of the afternoon loop, while the stars will be once again available to the public.
The finale will be on Sunday 28 in Traslasierra, with the incredible climb from Copina to El Cóndor to be run twice, the second time as Power Stage granting extra points and therefore assuring a battle for all or nothing. In between, there will be the renowned Mina Clavero – Giulio Césare that changes direction once again.
Safety is the priority
After participating together with promoters of other World Championship rounds in the gathering of the FIA Safety Committee for WRC, the Safety Coordinators of Rally Argentina are working based on the feedback given by Michelle Mouton in charge of FIA Safety.
With a very good qualification for the Safety Procedure implemented in 2018, the Organization is working side by side with the security forces of the Province of Córdoba to apply new strategic actions so as to optimize the plan for 2019 with the main objective of protecting the spectators.
In preparation for its 40th anniversary in 2020, a dream round is visualized in the Rally Argentina’s horizon for 2019 when the main WRC drivers and teams with their new formations will look for the upmost glory in the race that includes the greatest tradition, fondness and passion in the world.