Big boost for Rally of Argentina entries
Entries for the 2018 Rally Argentina, fifth round of this season’s World Rally Championship, have risen substantially compared with the very small entry last year.
From the total of 22 starters last year, this year 30 entries have been accepted, an increase of 33%, on a par with the 29 crews which started this season’s previous long-haul event, Rally Mexico.
This time there are to be 12 WRC cars, 10 in WRC2, but none in WRC3.
In the teams, Teemu Suninen returns to M-Sport’s third car, at Citroen Racing Craig Breen is back alongside Kris Meeke, while Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi makes a return.
In the battle of the R5 cars, Skoda have registered championship entries for Pontus Tidemand and Kalle Rovanpera, as well as a private, non-championship entry for Ole Christian Veiby, and an entry from five-times FIA Codasur champion Gustava Saba from Paraguay.
R5 rivals M-Sport are to field cars for Gus Greensmith and prize drive winner Nil Solans.
There are no R5 entries for Citroen or Peugeot, while the only Hyundai R5 car is that of twice Codasur champion Diego Dominguez, also from Paraguay.
Despite three entries from both Paraguay and Chile, there is a very poor entry from Argentina. Apart from Alejandro Cancio, their only representatives are four drivers entered under national car rules.