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An american exception
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ArgentinaThere have been WRC events in various places of the American continent, all with quite poor success. The only exception to this rule is Rally Argentina, it has endured in the championship where others have not. If interest towards rallying has been thin on the ground in other regions of America, Argentina sports one of the most enthusiastic crowds anywhere.

While there is nothing especially unique about this event, Rally Argentina still pushes two features beyond anything that other rallies do offer. Firstly, the heights to which stages of the rally climb are invariably highest in the WRC, thin air sapping power from the engines. Secondly, event has more water splashes than any other rally. In 2000 both of Seat's Cordoba WRC's were forced to retire within few kilometers of each other when water got into clutch housing. In 2004 Petter Solberg retired when engine of his Subaru Impreza sucked water from a ford.

Terrain varies from open pampa to high mountains, consequently offering both smooth and also rougher parts. Speedwise Argentina is somewhere between ultra-fast rallies of Finland and Sweden and slower car-breakers like Acropolis. Originally known as Rally Codasur and held in north of country around San Miguel de Tucuman, event was not held in 1982 because of Falklands War. Next year rally moved to south in San Carlos de Bariloche until it finally has found home between these two extremes at Cordoba.

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Previous winners
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 1980:   Rohrl, Walter   Fiat 131 Abarth   95.53 km/h 
 1981:   Frequelin, Guy   Talbot Sunbeam   92.66 km/h 
 1983:   Mikkola, Hannu   Audi quattro A2   121.60 km/h 
 1984:   Blomqvist, Stig   Audi quattro A2   89.82 km/h 
 1985:   Salonen, Timo   Peugeot 205 Turbo 16   94.95 km/h 
 1986:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta S4   89.87 km/h 
 1987:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta HF 4WD   83.15 km/h 
 1988:   Recalde, Jorge   Lancia Delta Integrale   82.34 km/h 
 1989:   Ericsson, Mikael   Lancia Delta Integrale   84.31 km/h 
 1990:   Biasion, Massimo   Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v   87.41 km/h 
 1991:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica GT-4 (ST165)   89.24 km/h 
 1992:   Auriol, Didier   Lancia Delta HF Integrale   95.61 km/h 
 1993:   Kankkunen, Juha   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   91.51 km/h 
 1994:   Auriol, Didier   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   96.48 km/h 
 1996:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III   88.81 km/h 
 1997:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV   90.93 km/h 
 1998:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V   91.70 km/h 
 1999:   Kankkunen, Juha   Subaru Impreza WRC99   92.51 km/h 
 2000:   Burns, Richard   Subaru Impreza WRC2000   88.56 km/h 
 2001:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus RS WRC 01   90.45 km/h 
 2002:   Sainz, Carlos   Ford Focus RS WRC 02   86.65 km/h 
 2003:   Gronholm, Marcus   Peugeot 206WRC (2002)   89.34 km/h 
 2004:   Sainz, Carlos   Citroen Xsara WRC   87.23 km/h 
 2005:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   86.79 km/h 
 2006:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   85.42 km/h 
 2007:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   86.57 km/h 
 2008:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   84.92 km/h 
 2009:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   83.76 km/h 
 2011:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   93.01 km/h 
 2012:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   90.14 km/h 
 2013:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   88.64 km/h 
 2014:   Latvala, Jari-Matti   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   86.37 km/h 
 2015:   Meeke, Kris   Citroen DS3 WRC   79.24 km/h 
 2016:   Paddon, Hayden   Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC   99.06 km/h 
 2017:   Neuville, Thierry   Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC   98.34 km/h 
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Argentina is known for numerous watersplashes as route crosses small rivers and streams. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Rocky mountains
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Some stages reach incredible heights but even amidst most barren rocky mountains there are plenty of spectators around. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Argentinian stuff
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When in Argentina, some dance tango (Tommi Makinen at left) while some play football (Petter Solberg on right). Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
(Photo: SWRT)
Tanker crash
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In 2001 both Skoda's had to retire when fire truck crashed on the parked rally cars. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Loeb, Sebastien (8)
  Biasion, Massimo (3)
  Makinen, Tommi (3)
  Sainz, Carlos (3)
  Auriol, Didier (2)
  Kankkunen, Juha (2)
  Blomqvist, Stig (1)
  Burns, Richard (1)
  Ericsson, Mikael (1)
  Frequelin, Guy (1)
  Gronholm, Marcus (1)
  Latvala, Jari-Matti (1)
  McRae, Colin (1)
  Meeke, Kris (1)
  Mikkola, Hannu (1)
  Neuville, Thierry (1)
  Paddon, Hayden (1)
  Recalde, Jorge (1)
  Rohrl, Walter (1)
  Salonen, Timo (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Citroen (10)
  Lancia (6)
  Mitsubishi (3)
  Toyota (3)
  Audi (2)
  Ford (2)
  Hyundai (2)
  Peugeot (2)
  Subaru (2)
  Fiat (1)
  Talbot (1)
  Volkswagen (1)
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