VIDEO | WRC Teams Ready for Rally Argentina

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Argentina Preview

Written and Images byMichael Vettas

After a six week break the WRC circus is back and heading to South America for Rally Argentina, home to literally tens of thousands of fans.

Rally Argentina is held in the small tourist town of Villa Carlos Paz in Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city outside of Buenos Aires.

Rally Argentina is most notable for its water splashes and enthusiastic fans which start their pilgrimage weeks before the event to ensure they have prime position for the WRC’s world famous El Condor stage.

The staggering amount of fans sing and cheer as each team passes to create the most amazing experience.

Organisers have made several changes to Rally Argentina this year which include moving the Thursday super special stage from Carlos Paz to Villa de Merlo almost 250km south.

The famous Santa Catalina stage has been scrapped including WRC’s most iconic stage, Mina Clavero.

With the changes now in place, teams turn their attention towards the two mammoth 55km+ stages which have almost turned this rally in to an endurance round.

The long distance, the ever changing weather conditions and the unpredictable surface changes will make for another exciting event.

Coming into round four, the leader board shows Sebastien Ogier in his WRC VW Polo holding a decisive 34 point lead over team mate Andreas Mikkelsen with Thierry Neuville 12 points further behind in his WRC Hyundai i20.

gRobert Kubica (POL) of the RK M-Sport World  Rally Team competes in Heat 1 of Rally Argentina 2014. (Photo by Michael Vettas/Vettas Media)Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) of the VW Motorsport World Rally Team competes in shakedown of Rally Argentina 2014. (Photo by Michael Vettas/Vettas Media)
Images by Michael Vettas

Mads Ostberg on 32 points and Elfyn Evans on 26 points round out the top five competitors in this years’ championship.

Big news surrounds RK Rally and Robert Kubica with their withdrawal from the rally at the final hour. Robert commented, “The team (RK Rally) needs substantial reorganisation”. This decision comes despite his consistent performance during the first three rounds of the 2015 World Rally Championship.

All the teams arrived today and are currently participating in reconnaissance (recce) before the Rally commences on Friday.

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