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GP Week : Issue 43
>>WRCnews to blame! Behaving Badly in Baires CiTROEn drivers Sebastien Loeb and dani Sordo broke their journey to Cordoba in Buenos Aires, where the team's sponsor Red Bull arranged for streets in the Palermo region of the Argentine capital to be specially closed. The drivers then gave the huge crowds, estimated at 50,000, a scintillating display of rally style, doughnuts, jumps and so forth. The C4WRC displayed under the landmark Spanish Monument was not one which either team’s drivers Sebastien or Dani would drive on the rally, however. It was an old test car, which was supplied instead for Sebastien Ogier to use. Slow Boat to Buenos Aires Eyvind Brynildsen had a pre_event change of car – Ralliart new Zealand's Mitsubishi Lancer Evo iX went to Brazil instead of Argentina! The team’s principal, Neil Allport, was however able to honour his team's commitment to the PCWRC championship by renting a car from the local VRS Rally Team, run privately by the Munchi's driver Federico Villagra. "This was our own car being brought from New Zealand to Argentina", Allport explained. "It seems that the shipping line wanted to speed up the delivery of cargo to Brazil, and decided to miss out their planned stop in Buenos Aires … “Unfortunately all this came about over Easter, so it was many days too late to make alternative transport arrangements". Villagra was able to provide a spare car, an older Evo IX. Allport: "In view of the very rough conditions on the rally, it may not have been such a bad alternative! In fact Eyvind has a good reputation for nursing cars". This was the second time this year that Villagra had come to the aid of stricken New Zealanders for this event. Earlier he found a local driver, Luciano Bernardi, to take over the Mark Tapper Motorsport PCWRC entry, after their originally nominated driver Mark Tapper found himself financially unable to fund the trip. Tango Goes Big Time MARCOS Ligato, the 31 year old proprietor of the Tango Rally Team, hosted the opening of a vast new preparation centre the night before the start of Rally Argentina. Situated 20km north of Cordoba, the facility covers an area of five hectares, with a 1.3 km long gravel road test track adjacent to the workshop. "I am proud that this is the only place in South America which combines preparation and development work with a dedicated test track.”he said. The Tango Rally Team, and its associated Tango Competicion,, are active in rallying both in Argentina and abroad, and in off-road competition activity with Mitsubishi vehicles, and Torino cars for Touring Car racing. Ligato has been active in world level rallying for eight years. He won the Group N category at Rally Finland in 2001, was FIA Codasur zone champion in 2000 at the age of 23 and Group N Argentine champion in 2005. 19