The 2012 WRC Rally Argentina will be the longest route in the sport's recent history
|By Tony Watson and David Evans||Friday, December 23rd 2011, 20:23 GMT|
Rally Argentina organisers have issued the longest World Rally Championship route in recent history for the 2012 event.
The route for the classic South American rally was one of the talking points of this season, with the event putting itself forward as a test case for the return of the endurance style event favoured by FIA president Jean Todt.
The organisers haven't been entirely revolutionary, however. The rally will remain based in Villa Carlos Paz, shunning the potential for starting in Buenos Aires and running down through the country. Plans to incorporate competition in neighboring Uruguay or Chile have also been shelved.
What remains is a route with 19 stages and more than 300 miles of competition in three days.
The April 26-29 event has around 100 competitive miles more than the average on the 13 rounds of this year's series.
The longest day of the event is the opening leg, with two runs at the 32-mile Ascochinga-Agua de Oro test helping to tally 121 miles. The sting in the tail of the event has been provided by the El Durazno-Ambul stage at 41 miles.
Much of the route for the event is new - but the classic El Condor stage has been retained, albeit split in two with the run into Copina being utilized for the Sunday afternoon powerstage.
Rally Argentina itinerary 2012:
Thursday April 26 SS1 Parque Tematico 1 3.75 miles 2008 Friday April 27 SS2 La Pampa-La Pampa 1 20.19 miles 0730 SS3 Ascochinga-Agua de Oro 1 32.83 miles 0821 Service Villa Carlos Paz 1051 SS4 La Pampa-La Pampa 2 20.19 miles 1251 SS5 Ascochinga-Agua de Oro 2 32.83 miles 1342 Service Villa Carlos Paz 1612 SS6 Cosquin-Villa Allende 11.77 miles 1709 Saturday April 28 SS7 San Augustin-Santa Rosa 1 12.42 miles 0830 SS8 Amboy-Santa Monica 1 12.42 miles 0923 SS9 Athos Pampa-Golpe de Agua 1 27.15 miles 1025 Service Villa Carlos Paz 1240 SS10 San Augustin-Santa Rosa 2 12.42 miles 1443 SS11 Amboy-Santa Monica 2 12.42 miles 1536 SS12 Athos Pampa-Golpe de Agua 2 27.15 miles 1638 Service Villa Carlos Paz 1853 SS13 Parque Tematico 2 3.75 miles 1948 Service Villa Carlos Paz 2011 Sunday April 29 SS14 El Durazno-Ambul 41.01 miles 0753 SS15 Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare 1 11.00 miles 0932 SS16 El Condor-Copina 10.12 miles 1009 Service Villa Carlos Paz 1119 SS17 Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare 2 11.00 miles 1344 SS18 El Condor-Casilla Negra 5.59 miles 1428 SS19 Copina 3.10 miles 1511
All timings are local and in 24h format