27th February 2020, 14:38
Nicolás Fuchs is confirmed, he will be codriven by Ricardo Dasso. The car is under the Compañía General de Rally program. I don't know if this is a one off or if he will be part of other events.
Entry List updated
César Folledo is added with another VW Gol rising the count to four cars of this model.
27th February 2020, 23:25
Everything is ready for the first rally of 2020 and the 40th anniversary. Later today there will be an opening ceremony at the Berta's "fortress" with many retired drivers and codrivers, some local classic cars will be on display as the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI of Grabriel Pozzo, the Lancia Integrale of the always remembered Jorge Recalde (shared by his foundation) and two Renault 18.
Another news is the confirmation of the Maxi Rally Light class. Previously this class allowed the original Maxi Rally cars fitted with the 2.4 Honda atmospheric engine developed by Berta (the rest of the car is exactly as the MR Turbo). The new Light class, will include those cars and the new cars that are basically a derated MR Turbo, with the same turbo engine with a 32mm restrictor and an H pattern gearbox build locally to save costs, instead the secuencial 6 speed.
This new class has born with the idea to offer an intermediate step between the FWD classes and the MR Turbo cars, and as a replacement of the N4 cars that are basically extint. The "Senior" drivers will find in these cars a tool to keep driving at an accesible price.
This is the detail of the classes
• FIA R5
• RC2 - Maxi Rally Turbo - R4
• RC2 Copa Pirelli - Maxi Rally Turbo (32mm) / Maxi Rally Atmospheric
• RC2N (N4)
• RC3 – Junior
• Copa Senior - Drivers older than 55 (all classes)
EDIT: Video of the atmosphere pre shakedown.
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29th February 2020, 17:20
First loop of the day has ended. It was very closed on the lead positions until the last Special when some of the faster drivers had mechanical problems or got stuck in a sea of mud near the end of the last Special.
The start of the race last night in middle of the city was very difficult because visibility problems with dust in suspension. It was a bit unfair for some drivers.
Some drivers had his first contact their cars right on the shakedown, without any previous test, and that made them to be slow on the first loop. Scuncio with the Hyundai won the Special last night and the first stage today, but then it suffered problems with the anti lag system.
Results after the end of the first loop.
All the stages results and live timing here
Short video of the shakedown
Moment when the champion Baldoni loses the lead when hits a stone and damage a wheel and suspension.
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1st March 2020, 15:46
First half of day two, Villagra gained some seconds on the lead to D'Agostini. Scuncio with the R5 is cutting the gap to the lead, but he lost too much time yesterday as many other drivers that usually fight for the lead (Ligato, Baldoni, Padilla).
Winners of each stage
Stage 10 and general clasification
Video of summary day one
A video from a spectator shows all the cars passing at the same place
1st March 2020, 22:39
Εnd of "Rally de Toledo". Federico Villagra won by 10 seconds over Augusto D'Agostini after 1:17:09 hs of competition. The rally was very closed until midday saturday when some drivers had problems with their cars or suffered damage. D'Agostini was the leader at the end of P.E.5 but he lost a bit of time on the last two timed sectors. This battle made the compettion entertaining, but it could has been a lot better.
Good start of the season for Baratec Team with the VW Polo cars of D'Agostini and Padilla showing their speed and wining P.E. 5, 11 and 12. Padilla made a mistake on saturday that have left his car at the side of the road and left him very far from the leaders when he rejoined on sunday.
Unusual problems for all Chevrolet cars of the Tango Team. Ligato suffered with a misfire at low RPM all the weekend and a central differetial's problem after the end of the first loop on saturday than couldn't be solved until the end of the day.
Miguel Baldoni was leading the rally at P.E. 2 and 3 but then he strongly hit a stone getting damage on the right front suspension and axle. The car was repaired in few minutes but later suffered of engine high temp until the end of saturday. He was fast again on sunday and recovered until get the 3rd place overall.
David Nalbandian had a weekend to forget with several transmision problems.
Martín Scuncio with the Hyundai R5 won P.E. 1, 8, 10 and 13 when the car was in good shape, but he need to improve his driving with this car. He suffered a 1 minute penalty for jumping a chicane, however he already had a 50 seconds defficit from the lead after the problems of saturday. The MR cars were slower than him but less than expected. It will be different on the mountains.
Good performance from newcomers or those whom jumped into the Maxi Rally class. Zeballos did it well, now with his car stays in Argentina instead comming directly from Uruguay for every race. He lost time both times at the same P.E. Nadia Cutro received a borrowed VW Gol MR on friday, so she took first stages to learn the car and the class. At some videos could be seen that she was braking too early. She didn't finished the race, abbandoning it in mid sunday. Leandro Bonnin went up to 3rd place with his Citröen DS3 by the end of saturday but then he had problems with the brakes. Gastón Pasten with a VW Polo MR Light and Lucas Machado with a Peugeot 208 MR Light were sometimes as fast as the MR Turbo. The tall Federico Cadamuro making his come back to the National rally did it very well, but he said that he still feels he have more to give. Folledo made half of the rally with only RWD on this VW Gol MR. Menendez who overturned his car on friday shakedown, had a very good speed at some stages showing that the VW Gol stil have potential if it keeps updated.
It looks like lot of drivers and teams had works undone in the pre season. Let's see how they arrive to the next rally in april.
Clasificación Final Rally de Toledo 2020
1-Federico Villagra - Virginia Klus (Ford Fiesta - MR) 1:17:09.8
2-Augusto D´Agostini - Juan Pablo Carrera (VW Polo - MR) +10.0
3-Miguel Baldoni - Gustavo Franchello (Chevrolet Agile - MR) +1:21.8
4-Marcos Ligato - Rubén García (Chevrolet Agile - MR) +1:25.9
5-Rodrigo Zeballos - Luis Allende (Peugeot 208 - MR) +1:44.0
6-Martín Scuncio - Sebastián Vera (Hyundai i20 R5) +2:02.0
Video review of day 2
EDIT: video link changed
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10th March 2020, 15:33
30th March 2020, 20:21
30th March 2020, 21:01
Finally, a first view of the Toyota Yaris Maxi Rally of Nadia Cutro. It looks like they have put some effort on the aero.
Federico Villagra will restart the season with a Yaris too, but there isn't any images yet.
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12th October 2020, 19:48
Here everything is really quiet, this endless isolation is messing all and not helping at all to halt the virus.
Rally Argentino has create a protocol to make races possible, it was tested and now the authorities have to give green light. The idea is to make short rallies using short primes several times.
About cars, Nadia Cutro's Toyota Yaris Maxi Rally has been test three times, and she is adapting to the car.
Here is a video of the car in detail showed by his builder and codriver Luciano Bombaci.
Multiple champion Federico Villagra is moving to Toyota too, but there are not pictures of the car.
A new VW Polo R4 is on the build by RC Competición for Fernando Castellano, who moves from the Maxi Rally.
The Federico Devoto's Etios, was finally received the turbo engine. Here a short video of a start up.
Hope to bring better news soon.
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