RALLY OF ARGENTINA(20-23 May)
1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7

 


MITSUBISHI AIMS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN ON
RALLY OF ARGENTINA WITH LANCER EVOLUTION AND CARISMA GT

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is bidding for its third victory in three years on the Rally of Argentina, the seventh round of the 1998 World Rally Championship. It is sending a powerful team of Lancer Evolution and Carisma GT for the only South American round of the World Rally Championship, to be driven by World Champion Tommi Makinen and British ace Richard Burns.

Although it was organised for the first time as recently as 1979, the Rally of Argentina belongs firmly in the South American motorsport tradition. Some of the stages in the dry, rugged mountains around the host town, Cordoba, were also used in the road races in which drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio and Onofre Marimon made their names. The crowds are invariably large and wildly enthusiastic as rally fever grips the country. It is a unique rally in many respects. Held in dry, dusty conditions at the start of the Argentine winter, it reaches higher altitudes than any World Championship rally aside from the Safari, with stages held at up to 2,000 metres above sea level.

Argentina has proved a happy hunting ground for Makinen, co-driven this year by fellow Finn Risto Mannisenmaki. The double World Rally Champion has contested the rally twice and won it by a convincing margin both times. The terrain is well-suited to the Lancer Evolution and Makinen is very much looking forward to the event.

"I think we have made a real step forward with this new car and we are planning a test before the start to work on it a bit more. I like this rally a lot and the World Rally Championship is still completely open, so I think this should be a good rally for us," he said.

British crew Richard Burns and Robert Reid have been the stars of the season so far, scoring their first ever World Rally Championship victory on the Safari Rally with the Carisma GT and now he keeps the third position of 1998 World Rally Championship for Drivers. Burns contested this event for the first time last May and aims to build on that experience.


"It will be good to try another loose-surface rally after two events on asphalt and we know that the car is good on these stages. The people are really enthusiastic in Argentina and this is an event we all look forward to," Burns declared.

"We've been pleased with the performance of the latest Lancer Evolution and the Carisma GT so far and Argentina is definitely an important rally, as it will be the first event for the car on loose-surface stages, which form the bulk of the World Rally Championship, "stated Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager, Phil Short. "We believe that the latest engine and suspension will also perform well in these conditions and we're planning a two-day test before the rally to refine the car further. Argentina makes special demands, because of the altitude, but it's a rally that has been kind to us in the past and we hope it will be again this year.

The 1,451-kilometres rally is based in Cordoba and includes 23 stages, totalling 400 kilometres. It begins with a short stage on May 20, which is sure to please the crowds, before tackling another eight stages in the flat cattle country to the north. The second leg has another eight stages in the mountains to the west, is effectively the longest of the event, with 137 kilometres of flat out driving. The third and final leg heads south to Santa Rosa de Calamuchita. It includes another six stages, totalling 132 kilometres.



1998 Rally of Argentina '98

 

 

 


ITINERARY

 

 

 


LEG 1 : Thursday May 21  
7.00 Start from Villa Carloz Paz  
  SS1 Super SS Camping San Martin 6.00 km
  SS2 San Martin-Ascochinga 4.30 km
  SS3 Ascochinga-La Cumbre 28.93 km
  SS4 Tanti-Cosquin 16.45 km
  SS5 Villa Giardino-La Falda 22.53 km
  SS6 Capilla del Monte-S.Marcos S. 23.70 km
  SS7 San Marcos Sierras-Charbonier 9.80 km
  SS8 La Cumbre-Agua de Oro 23.67 km
  SS9 Super SS Colonia Caroya 3.40 km
18.50 Arrival in Cordoba  
LEG 2 : Friday May 22  
08.00 Start from Villa Carloz Paz  
  SS10 Mataderos-El Mirador 14.45 km
  SS11 Agua Fria-Tala Canada 22.31 km
  SS12 Tala Canada-Taninga 11.21 km
  SS13 Chamico-Ambul 25.37 km
  SS14 El Mirador-San Lorenzo 20.70 km
  SS15 La Toma-Giulio Cesare 22.26 km
  SS16 El Condor-Copina 16.98 km
  SS17 Super SS Camping San Martin 4.30 km
17.38 Arrival in Cordoba  
LEG 3 : Saturday May 23  
07.30 Start from Villa Carloz Paz    
  SS18 S. R. Calamunchita-S. Augustin 26.26 km
  SS19 Las Bajadas-Villa del Dique 18.72 km
  SS20 Amboy-S.R. Calamunchita 21.33 km
  SS21 S.R. Calamunchita-S. Augustin 26.26 km
  SS22 Las Bajadas-Villa del Dique 18.72 km
  SS23 Amboy-S.R. Calamunchita 21.33 km
17.00 Final in Cordoba    


MICHELIN - MITSUBISHI OIL - ENKEI - NGK - OHLINS - OMP -
PIAA - PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND - SABELT

 

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