• Road tracks eyed for Argentina, Portugal

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    Last year, the Rally de Portugal featured a stage held in a track within a city. WRC.COM

    Last year, the Rally de Portugal featured a stage held in a track within a city. WRC.COM

    Spectacular city center asphalt street stages will be introduced at both Rally Argentina on April 22-25 and Vodafone Rally de Portugal on May 20-23 of the 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC).

    The fourth round of the 2016 WRC season in Argentina will kick-off with a three-kilometer Friday evening test on the west of Cordoba city before competitors return to Villa Carlos Paz for an overnight halt. It replaces last year’s opener in the streets of Merlo, in San Luis province.

    In Portugal, Porto will host a double run over a 1.85-kilometer stage to close Saturday’s action. It will be based on the Avenida dos Aliados, close to the city hall and in the same area in which a rally roadshow was held ahead of the 2010 event.

    The Portuguese event follows a virtually identical itinerary to last year, when the rally returned north to great acclaim following several years in the south coast Algarve region.

    It will again be based in Matosinhos, north of Porto. The only other significant change features a second run through the Vieira do Minho stage on Monday morning, which includes a short section of new road.

    The Argentina route shows big changes, with Sunday’s second leg heading further north than usual to roads around Ischilin that were last used in 2003.

    The other two legs include familiar territory in the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita valley on Saturday before culminating with the classic Giulio Cesare and El Condor tests in the Traslasierra mountains on Monday.

    WRC.COM

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