The organizers of the 27th Rally Argentina have finally confirmed that this evening's Super Special stage will be held in Cordoba Stadium, as the only activity on Friday after the special stages (SS2 to SS9) had been canceled due to weather ...
The organizers of the 27th Rally Argentina have finally confirmed that this evening's Super Special stage will be held in Cordoba Stadium, as the only activity on Friday after the special stages (SS2 to SS9) had been canceled due to weather conditions that complicated the arrival of the drivers from Buenos Aires, the site of last night's Super Special stadium competition, to Cordoba.
This will surely not fill the thirst of the fans to see the World Rally Championship in full speed around the mountains of Cordoba.
The heavy rains and strong winds that hit last night in the area that included Buenos Aires and the route to Cordoba was the reason that it became impossible to fly the third cargo plane that had on board some of the drivers, organizers and members of the FIA officials from the capital city.
This situation first forced the organizers to cancel the morning stages with the plan to run at least from SS7 Capilla del Monte - San Carlos II at 16.11 (local time) but they were unable to carry on and canceled the afternoon specials also.
One of the ideas considered was to move everybody that was stuck in Buenos Aires by bus for a trip of 700km (400 miles). But that too was scratched in favor of air transportation.
The second stage to count for the first leg will be tonight's Super Special in Cordoba "Chateau Carreras" Stadium with a start time of 19.05 local time. Mikko Hirvonen is the current leader after winning last night's SS1 in his Ford Focus.
Surely once the rally is over, the organizers and FIA rally officials will need to evaluate the pro and cons of making the Super Special (SS1) stage in River Plate Stadium the day before the "real" activity starts in Cordoba.
Article 17 of the WRC sporting regulations decrees that an event that does not complete two-thirds of the scheduled distance will only award half the usual championship points. Given today's cancellations, Rally Argentina is now 6.58 km short of that critical mark.
Right now the organizers and the marshals are thinking of a way to recover the stages lost today in the next two days of activity. One of the options is to add some stages to the route for Saturday and some on Sunday in order to meet the minimum required by the rules to make the event valid and to allow the drivers and manufacturers to score full championship points.