2010 Rally Argentina

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2010 Rally Argentina
30º Rally Argentina
Round 3 of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge
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Host country Argentina Argentina
Rally base CórdobaVilla Carlos Paz
Dates run March 19 – 21, 2010
Stages 15 (238.62 km; 148.27 mi)[1]
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 1,013.51 km (629.77 mi)[1]
Results
Overall winner Finland Juho Hänninen
Czech Republic Škoda Motorsport
Crews 63[2] at start, 31 at finish

The 2010 Rally Argentina was the 30th running of Rally Argentina and the third round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season. The rally consisted of 15 special stages and took place over 19–21 March 2010. The rally was also a round of the South American Rally Championship and the Argentine Rally Championship.

Introduction[edit]

The rally started in Villa Carlos Paz, a city in the center-north of the province of Córdoba, on Friday 19 March with a 3.30 km (2.05 mi) super special stage in the town. The event was made up of 15 gravel stages covering a total of 238.62 km (148.27 mi) all completed in daylight. The event on Saturday consisted of seven stages and was centred around the town of San Agustín and around Valle Hermoso on Sunday. The final stage was a repeat of the super special stage in Villa Carlos Paz.[1]

Nasser Al-Attiyah was seeded number 1 in his Škoda Fabia S2000, with local Federico Villagra taking number 2 in his Ford Fiesta S2000. Other entrants included current championship leader Juho Hänninen and reigning champion Kris Meeke. A total of 63 cars took part in the event.[2]

Results[edit]

Škodas dominated the event, winning all bar one stage of the event. After Kris Meeke won the opening stage in Villa Carlos Paz, Juho Hänninen took control of the rally on the second stage and never lost the lead. Hänninen won eleven of the remaining fourteen stages, as he won the rally by 51 seconds. The other two drivers to win a stage, Guy Wilks and Jan Kopecký finished second and third to complete a clean sweep of the podium for Škoda. Kopecký was the main beneficiary of the retirement of Meeke on the road section after stage fourteen, as the suspension spot-weld failed on the Northern Irish driver's Peugeot during the stage.[3][4]

Overall[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
1. Finland Juho Hänninen Finland Mikko Markkula Škoda Fabia S2000 2:30:38.1 0.0 10
2. United Kingdom Guy Wilks United Kingdom Phil Pugh Škoda Fabia S2000 2:31:29.1 51.0 8
3. Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Czech Republic Petr Starý Škoda Fabia S2000 2:32:58.2 2:20.1 6
4. Argentina Gabriel Pozzo Argentina Daniel Stillo Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2:35:42.0 5:03.9 5
5. Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Pérez Companc Ford Fiesta S2000 2:35:52.3 5:14.2 4
6. Portugal Bruno Magalhães Portugal Carlos Magalhães Peugeot 207 S2000 2:36:49.1 6:11.0 3
7. Argentina Nicolás Madero Argentina Guillermo Piazzaro Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 2:37:25.6 6:47.5 2
8. Paraguay Diego Dominguez Argentina Edgardo Galindo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 2:38:17.4 7:39.3 1

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(19–20 Mar)
SS1 17:00 Super Special Stage Carlos Paz 1 3.30 km United Kingdom Kris Meeke 2:32.8 77.75 km/h United Kingdom Kris Meeke
SS2 08:13 Las Bajadas – Villa del Dique 1 16.57 km Finland Juho Hänninen 9:28.2 104.98 km/h Finland Juho Hänninen
SS3 09:00 Amboy – Santa Mónica 1 20.43 km Finland Juho Hänninen 11:03.2 110.90 km/h
SS4 09:41 Santa Rosa – San Agustín 1 21.53 km United Kingdom Guy Wilks 13:41.3 94.37 km/h
SS5 10:24 San Agustín – Villa General Belgrano 8.43 km Finland Juho Hänninen 6:11.6 81.67 km/h
SS6 14:57 Las Bajadas – Villa del Dique 2 16.57 km Finland Juho Hänninen 9:21.7 106.20 km/h
SS7 15:44 Amboy – Santa Mónica 2 20.43 km Finland Juho Hänninen 10:52.9 112.65 km/h
SS8 16:25 Santa Rosa – San Agustín 2 21.53 km Finland Juho Hänninen 13:39.5 94.58 km/h
Leg 2
(21 Mar)
SS9 08:13 La Cumbre – Agua de Oro 15.06 km Finland Juho Hänninen 12:56.4 69.83 km/h
SS10 09:13 Ascochinga – La Cumbre 22.40 km Finland Juho Hänninen 15:08.3 88.78 km/h
SS11 10:08 Valle Hermoso – Casa Grande 1 11.34 km Finland Juho Hänninen 7:26.3 91.47 km/h
SS12 10:40 Cosquín – Villa Allende 1 19.18 km Finland Juho Hänninen 14:05.8 81.64 km/h
SS13 14:08 Valle Hermoso – Casa Grande 2 11.34 km Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 7:26.9 91.35 km/h
SS14 14:40 Cosquín – Villa Allende 19.18 km Finland Juho Hänninen 14:07.0 81.52 km/h
SS15 16:23 Super Special Stage Carlos Paz 2 3.30 km Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 2:29.4 79.52 km/h

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rally Argentina Itinerary 2010" (PDF). Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Rally Argentina. 2010-03-18. Archived from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b "List of crews authorised to start – Rally Argentina". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 2010-03-19. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Meeke retires from Rally Argentina". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  4. ^ Evans, David (2010-03-22). "Meeke frustrated by suspension failure". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 

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