Cordoba-Villa Carlos Paz
Goal for Van Merksteijn Motorsport is to finish in touch WRC Rally Argentina
Van Merksteijn Motorsport Crosses the Atlantic Ocean to Argentina this week for the next round of the World Rally Championship. Peter van Merksteijn jr. will take part in his fourth rally in the Citroën DS3 WRC during the WRC Rally Argentina held in the Cordoba area.
The Rally Argentina is known to be a very tough rally where the gravel roads demand a lot from the drivers and especially the cars have to endure a harsh beating. The competitors have to drive just over 378 kilometers of special stages and on the final day Sunday a monster stage of 48 kilometers is scheduled.
A deciding factor in the outcome of this rally will be two sections of tarmac which will feature in the special stages. On Friday and Saturday the organization have included a special stage where the typical Argentinean gravel roads will be mixed with sections of tarmac. Friday’s El-Condor stage of 37 kilometers will be for more than half of its distance driven on tarmac and the Las Jarillas stage on Saturday of 21 kilometers is only one third covered by gravel. Taking good care of the Michelin tyres will be vital in the outcome of the rally.
After a second disappointment in a row in Sardegna where Peter jr. had to retire with mechanical failure, the Van Merksteijn Motorsport driver is hoping to have more luck coming his way during this rally. In preparation for the event the team tested for two days in the south of France and Peter jr. also prepared himself for this tough rally. “We hope that we will be spared in Argentina from the technical problems which prevented us during the previous three events from a classification” told Gerard grouve, team manager of Van Merksteijn Motorsport. “When you are going to compete in a WRC event so far from home, one wants to finish the rally.”
In the 2011 edition of the Rally Argentina, 51 teams will start in Carlos Paz, a town just west of Cordoba. Thursday night the first special stage of 3 kilometers will be held as a Super Special for the large numbers of local rally fans. On Friday the first 6 proper stages will be driven with a total length of 160 kilometers, an equal distance which is planned for Saturday divided over eight stages. Sunday will start with the monster stage of 48 kilometers followed by three short stages of which the final one will be held as the Power Stage.