PREVIEW: Rally Argentina, WRC round 5
- 23rd April 2019, 9:14am
Team by Team Citroen Two car team (Ogier and Lappi). Poor performance in Corsica was not a specific technical problem but results of understeer and lack of performance. This has been assigned to an incorrect set-up which the team could not correct in Corsica because of the restrictions imposed on the sealing of component parts. Requirements for success in Argentine are reliability and adaptability to conditions. The event provides a wide variety of conditions. No major changes for Argentina. Four days pre-Argentina testing in Portugal, two days for each driver. Same rally cars as used in Mexico. After the rally the cars will be re-prepared in the service park in Villa Carlos Paz and then sent in containers to Chile. Argentina is an event never won by either team driver. Hyundai Three car team (Sordo, Neuville and Mikkelsen). Although Thierry Neuville won the Corsica rally, there was disappointment at the frustrating delay of Sebastien Loeb which lost him a chance of success and the general lack of performance compared with the opposition. Loeb spent his rally helping with developing the correct set-up for the car and gain more experience with the car. Requirements for success in Argentina include good reactivity because some stages are quite fast, and good driving techniques to accelerate effectively out of corners. Pre-Argentina testing carried out in Portugal (Amarate and Ponte de Lima), half day each for each driver (including Loeb). Chassis 16 for Neuville, 11 for Sordo (then for Loeb in Chile) and 9 for Mikkelsen. This will be Sordo’s 13th Argentina event. None of the team’s drivers has won in Argentina.
The @Citroen @TotalRacingENG WRT team has arrived in Argentina for round 5 of @OfficialWRC 🇦🇷 Media activities have started today in Buenos Aires for @SebOgier & @EsapekkaLappi with @citroenarg, @TotalArgentina & #SuperTC2000 drivers: @chelociarrocchi, @manuelsapag & @FacuChapur pic.twitter.com/OpxjyYDh1s— Citroën Racing (@CitroenRacing) April 22, 2019
https://t.co/evTcGUOInP ➡️ Read more WRC 2 Pro: https://t.co/xr2xg5IQub#WRCLive #FordPerformance pic.twitter.com/rruu4Y7Q7u — M-Sport (@MSportLtd) April 18, 2019M-Sport Two car team (Suninen and Evans). No technical problems in Corsica. The first two days in Argentina are smoother and fast which require a good chassis set-up, but attention needs to be paid to bedrock which breaks through the surface. The third day, however, can be incredibly rough where cars need to be very strong. Pre rally testing was carried out in Greystoke Forest in England with one day for each driver. Same cars as on Corsica. The logistics for the double event mean this is the first time in memory that rally cars had to be re-prepared away from M-Sport’s workshops in Britain, with three days work in Argentina then three days in Chile. Nearly all the team will stay in South America between the two events. No previous win by either driver in Argentina.
Toyota Three car team (Meeke, Tanak and Latvala). Big celebration for Toyota Gazoo Racing when Latvala starts his record-breaking 200th world championship rally! Only unexpected problems in Corsica were the punctures and the broken wheels, which the team says were stronger than before. Requirements for success in Argentina are good tyre management, a strong and reliable car. Only technical novelties in Argentina will be minor aero changes, ever present risk is fog. Testing for the two South American rallies was at least one day per driver in south Portugal, second week in April. Cars to be used in Argentina and Chile are the same as used in Mexico. Cars will start to be re-prepared after Rally Argentina then transported to Chile where the rest of the wok will be carried out. Each team driver has won the event once before.
A run of consecutive gravel-based events for the team begins with a double-header in South America. First comes an established classic event, @rallyargentina, where our Yaris WRC claimed victory in 2018. 💪#Toyota #YarisWRC #RallyArgentina #WRC #Rallying #TGR_WRC pic.twitter.com/x9wbWbuTN9— TGR World Rally Team (@TGR_WRC) April 19, 2019
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