Rally Argentina

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Petter Solberg during the shakedown of the 2006 event.

The Rally Argentina is an Argentine rally competition that has been both a round of the World Rally Championship, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Codasur South American Rally Championship and the Argentine Rally Championship. The rally is also a round of the South American Rally Championship and the Argentine Rally Championship. It is held in the area around Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba Province, on narrow gravel roads best known for their water-splashes.

History[edit]

The rally was first run in 1980, in Tucumán Province and organized by the Automovil Club Argentino. The winners of that first edition were Walter Röhrl and Christian Geistdörfer (Fiat 131 Abarth). In the 1981 season the rally took again place in Tucumán, but in 1982 was not held. In 1983 it was moved to San Carlos de Bariloche, but in 1984 was moved to Córdoba Province, where it has been held ever since.

In the 2006 season, the rally was held on April 28, 2006 through April 30, 2006 as the fifth rally on the World Rally Championship schedule for 2006. In order to attract more spectators, in 2007 one of the sections of the rally was run in Buenos Aires in the River Plate Football Stadium, and another section in the Chateau Carreras Stadium in Córdoba city.

In 2012, the route was expanded to include some 500 km (300 mi) of competitive stages, making it the longest rally in the modern era of the sport.[1]

Winners since 1980[edit]

Marcus Grönholm (on the right) and Sébastien Loeb compete at a 2006 superspecial.
Rally runners doing a show in Cordoba.

Pink black ground indicates that in that year the rally was not part of WRC calendar.

Season Driver Car
2014 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC
2013 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2012 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2011 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2010 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda
2009 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2008 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2007 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2006 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2005 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën
2004 Spain Carlos Sainz Citroën
2003 Finland Marcus Grönholm Peugeot
2002 Spain Carlos Sainz Ford
2001 United Kingdom Colin McRae Ford
2000 United Kingdom Richard Burns Subaru
1999 Finland Juha Kankkunen Subaru
1998 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi
1997 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi
1996 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Mitsubishi
1995 Argentina Jorge Recalde Lancia
1994 France Didier Auriol Toyota
1993 Finland Juha Kankkunen Toyota
1992 France Didier Auriol Lancia
1991 Spain Carlos Sainz Toyota
1990 Italy Miki Biasion Lancia
1989 Sweden Mikael Ericsson Lancia
1988 Argentina Jorge Recalde Lancia
1987 Italy Miki Biasion Lancia
1986 Italy Miki Biasion Lancia
1985 Finland Timo Salonen Peugeot
1984 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Audi
1983 Finland Hannu Mikkola Audi
1981 France Guy Fréquelin Talbot
1980 Germany Walter Röhrl Fiat

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watson, Tony; Evans, David (23 December 2011). "The 2012 WRC Rally Argentina will be the longest route in the sport's recent history". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 23 December 2011. 

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