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    Most winning driver

    The driver who has achived more victories in Rally Argentina is Frenchman Sébastien Loeb who has eight wins. He is followed by Miki Biasion, Carlos Sainz and Tommi Makinen with 3 victories each.

    Victories by Manufactured

    The most winning brand is Citroën, with 10 wins.

    Victories by country

    France has been the most victorious, accumulating 11 celebrations.

    Best Argentinian

    Jorge “El Cóndor” Recalde is the only argenian driver who won in Rally Argentina in 1988 and 1995 (valid edition for the F2). He still remains as the only South American to win a WRC competition.


    All times editions


    1980 – The first step. Walter Röhrl was the winner of the rally´s debut in Argentina. Tucumán received 89 crews that disputed this competition that had Carlos Reutemann on the podium.

    1980, el comienzo del Rally Argentina / The beginning of the Rally Argentina

    1980, el comienzo del Rally Argentina / The beginning of the Rally Argentina

    1981 – 1981 – Guy Fréquelin and Jean Todt won in Tucumán. The Frenchman took advantage of the abandons of the favourites, Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen, to achieve his only victory in Argentina.


    1982 – The evento did not take place


    1983 – The Patagonia was the host. The rally left Tucumán to reach Bariloche. The roads in the suited well to the Audi´s, who comfortably dominated and took the first four places in the overall classification. Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz took the victory.


    1984 – Córdoba welcomes the rally and it was love at first sight. The party started in Buenos Aires, but the epicentre was in the Cordoba mountains. The victory was for Stig Blomqvist and Björn Cederberg, but the locals were delirious with the third place of Jorge Recalde and Jorge Del Buono.


    1985 - The powerful Group B arrived. The all-out fight between Peugeot and Audi was left to the French after the withdraw of Stig Blomqvist. Timo Salonen and Seppo Harjanne was the winner.


    1986 - The end of an era. It would be the last visit of Group B. After a string of fatal accidents, the authorities ban the use of these powerful prototypes with a capacity of up to 460 HP. The victory was left to Massimo “Miki” Biasion and Tiziano Siviero.


    1987 – Group A -modified production cars for competition- arrives. Lancia adapts very well to the new specifications and is the absolute master of the season. The Biasion-Siviero duo are once again in the top position for the second year in a row.


    1988 - Jorge Recalde y Jorge Del Buono en lo alto del podio / The winners, Jorge Recalde and Jorge Del Buono

    1988 – Jorge Recalde y Jorge Del Buono en lo alto del podio / The winners, Jorge Recalde and Jorge Del Buono

    1988 – Under Argentinean hands. “El Condor” Jorge Recalde, in company of Jorge Del Buono, assures himself a place in history in his home winning. He remains as the only South American driver to win a WRC competition.


    1989 – Lancia stretches its domain in Argentina. A broken radiator takes away Jorge Recalde’s chances of repeating the victory, but he can climb to the third place on the podium. Mikael Ericsson and Claes Billstam got the victory.


    1990 –  It’s a head to head fight between Toyota and Lancia. Finally, Massimo Biasion and Tiziano Siviero achieve a new victory in Cordoba by defeating Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya.


    1991 –  Carlos Sainz’s revenge. This time it is the Spanish driver who wins against Massimo “Miki” Biassion by only 08 seconds. The people of Cordoba fall in love with the Matador, who becomes one of the idols of the local audience.


    1992 – Palito Ortega es el gran anfitrión en el podio en Tucumán / Palito Ortega is the host in Tucuman celebration podium

    1992 – Palito Ortega es el gran anfitrión en el podio en Tucumán / Palito Ortega is the host in Tucuman celebration podium

    1992 –  It is the return of the Rally Argentina to Tucumán. After several SS cancelled, Didier Auriol and Bernard Occelli manage to win with their Lancia Delta Integrale.


    1993 – The rally starts in Tucumán but the itinerary takes place in Córdoba. Juha Kankkunen is forced to change his co-driver in the previous days due to a medical problem, but he still dominates the mountains and wins together with Nicky Gris.


    1994 – One of the most exciting editions in the history of the Rally Argentina takes place in 1994, when Didier Auriol and Carlos Sainz starred in a shocking definition. For just 06 seconds, Auriol-Occelli stayed on top of the overall.


    1995 – FIA divided the calendar. The cars of the major group did not visit Argentina, but only raced the Formula 2 cars. In that context, Jorge Recalde, this time in company of Martin Christie, took the victory. This triumph meant the last one for the “El Condor” and also for Lancia (a brand that was able to obtain 7 victories in Rally Argentina).




    1996 - Tommi Mäkinen and Mitsubishi start their domain in Argentina. In 1996, the Finnish driver, who had Seppo Harjanne as his co-driver, was able to take advantage of Colin McRae’s delay to stay on top of the podium and thus score the first of his three consecutive victories in the country.


    1997 – The WRC debut. The new vehicles arrived in our country. Prototypes based on production cars. Mitsubishi dominates, and as in most of the season, the Mäkinen-Harjanne pair won in Argentina.


    1998 – Rally Argentina took off with the memorable General San Martín Camping Super Special with three cars running simultaneously, starting from different sectors. Tommi Mäkinen, who this time had Risto Mannisenmaki as co-driver, and his Mitsubishi had no opposition on the roads of Córdoba and won his third victory in a row in the country.


    1999 – KKK on top of the podium. The Rally Argentina experienced a great battle between the Subaru cars, which ended up getting the 1-2. However, the order in which their vehicles finished was a great surprise.

    The victory was in  Juha Kankkunen´s hands (his navigator was Juha Repo), who after disobeying a team order was left on top of the podium by just 2.4 seconds against Richard Burns.


    2000 - Burns’ revenge. The British driver of the Subaru Impreza, who had Robert Reid as his co-driver, began by losing a lot of ground at the start but ended up being the protagonist of an epic comeback under a heavy rain and fog in Traslasierra.


    2001 – This edition took place in a sadness moment due to the death of Jorge Recalde, just a few months before Rally Argentina. Colin McRae (his co-driver was Nicky Grist) was the one who was able to celebrate with his Ford Focus and in front of the thousands of fans he had gathered in the country.


    2002- Sainz y Moya en lo alto del podio / Sainz and Moya at the pódium top position

    2002- Sainz y Moya en lo alto del podio / Sainz and Moya at the pódium top position

    2002 - 3 winners, controversy and a definition for history in Rally Argentina. The winner of the rally was Marcus Gronholm, although he was later disqualified for receiving outside help from his team (Peugeot) when his car refused to start on Sunday morning. Thus, the victory was in the hands of Richard Burns, but the Briton was also disqualified because the engine wheel of his Peugeot 206 weighed 20 grams less than required. And that’s how victory came to be in the hands of Carlos Sainz. The 2002 edition is also remembered for the big accident of Tommi Makinen, who in a last effort to cut the gap with the leader of the race, cut too much inside a curve in sixth gear and his Subaru was thrown up in the air doing five laps before stopping. Surprisingly, Makinen and his co-driver, Kaj Lindstrom, were able to get out of the Impreza without much trouble.


    2003 – The competition took place entirely in the Valle de Punilla, with the epicenter in La Cumbre. Marcus Grönholm, together with Timo Rautiainen, won the rally, benefiting from the problems of Carlos Sainz and Markko Martin.


    2004 – The beginning of the Citroën era. In 2004, Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya took the victory, which marked the Spanish’s third triumph in Argentina. Moreover, this victory was the first of the 9 that achieved by the brand in our country.


    2005 – The legend begins. In 2005, appears the name that would change the history of Rally Argentina: Sébastien Loeb. The Citroën driver dominated widely and achieved his first victory in Cordoba, alongside his co-driver, Dani Elena.


    2006 – The race starts with a Super Special inside the football World Cup stadium in Córdoba, better known as the Chateau Carreras. The fight Loeb-Grönholm catches the attention, but problems in the transmission of the Focus, make things easier for the Frenchman. Thus, Sébastian Loeb achieved his second victory in the country.


    2007 – The rally opened in River Plate’s Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires with the first Super Special. But the delay in the flights back to Cordoba, caused the cancellation of most of the sections of the day 1. Anyway, nothing stops at Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena from finishing at the top of the competition.


    2008 - Loeb becomes a record man in Rally Argentina. The Frenchman is the first driver to win four editions of the event. Behind the Citroën C4, finished Chris Atkinson and Dani Sordo.


    2009 - Subaru and Suzuki leaved the World Championship, therefore the number of vehicles that arrived in Argentina decreased. In this edition, there was a great supremacy of Sébastien Loeb and Citroën, which also achieved a 1-2 with the second place of Dani Sordo.


    2010 – The IRC show’ delighted the fans, in a year without the World Rally Cars. On this time, the FIA implemented a competition rotation system, which kept away our country from enjoying a World Rally date. It was the opportunity for the presentation of the Super 2000 of the Intercontinental Rally Challnege. The victory was for Juho Hanninen.


    2011 – With almost everything under control, Sébastien Ogier had a rollover r two specials before the end. Sébastian Loeb managed to overtake his compatriot in the Power Stage and ends an amazing comeback after closing Day 1, 90 seconds behind the leader.


    2012 – The legend continues. In this edition, the pair of Sébastien Loeb and Dani Elena continued to extend their domain in Argentina after winning by 15 seconds over their teammate, Mikko Hirvonen.


    2013- Loeb y su último podio en Argentina / Loeb and his last pódium in Argentina

    2013- Loeb y su último podio en Argentina / Loeb and his last pódium in Argentina

    2013 – The season ends up being dominated by Volkswagen. However, in Argentina, the big winner is Sebastien Loeb, who scores his eighth and (so far) last victory in the country.


    2014 – Jari-Matti Latvala registers a new name among the winners of Rally Argentina and manages to conquer the heart of many of the local fans. The victory of the Finnish driver, who raced with Miikka Anttila as a co-driver, also marked Volskwagen’s victory in the country.


    2015 - Against all odds. In the 2015 edition, Kris Meeke entered history by achieving his first victory in the World Rally Championship in Rally Argentina. As for the brands, Citroën took the podium as Mads Ostberg and Elfyn Evans were behind the British driver. At the end of the race, Meeke dedicated his victory to Colin McRae (winner in 2001).


    2016 – An epic definition. After Jari-Matti Latvala abandon due to a rollover on Day 2 of the race, the definition of the competition was centred on a head-to-head battle between Hayden Paddon and Sébastien Ogier, who started the last SS of the competition with a 2 seconds gap. In an electrifying finale, Paddon flew out and ended up defeating the French driver by 14s3/10 to mark the New Zealand rider’s first WRC victory.


    2017 - Another stunning definition. Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) started El Cóndor – Copina, the last SS of the race, separated by six tenths. Neuville won the mythical Power Stage by 1s3/10 over Evans, who hit the last suspension bridge with his tail and the race ended the Belgian’s hand by only seven tenths, the third smallest difference in the history of the rally.


    2018 - Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris) was the clear winner of the 38th edition of Rally Argentina. After losing 23 seconds in the second stage of the race, Las Bajadas – Villa del Dique, the Estonian driver started a spectacular comeback that led him to win 10 of the 18 legs run. Thus, Tänak became the first Estonian driver to win in our country. In addition, it marked the return to victory of Toyota, which hadn’t won in Argentina since 1994 with Didier Auriol.


    2019 – Thierry Neuville won a great victory in the 39th edition of the Rally Argentina. The Belgian scored a triumph for a second time in the country. He also scored the Hyundai 1-2 with the second place of Andreas Mikkelsen, his teammate. The podium was completed by Sebastien Ogier, who was the winner of the Power Stage El Condor, which had an impressive atmosphere with more than 75 thousand spectators.

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