Rally Argentina organizers have issued the longest World Rally Championship route in the sport's history for the 2012 event.
The route for the classic South American rally was one of the talking points of this season, with the event putting itself forward as a test case for the return of the endurance style event favored by FIA president Jean Todt.
The organizers haven't been entirely revolutionary, however. The rally will remain based in Villa Carlos Paz, shunning the potential for starting in Buenos Aires and running down through the country. Plans to incorporate competition in neighboring Uruguay or Chile have also been shelved. What remains is a route with 19 stages and more than 300 miles of competition in three days.
The April 26-29 event has around 100 competitive miles more than the average on the 13 rounds of this year's series. The longest day of the event is the opening leg, with two runs at the 32-mile Ascochinga-Agua de Oro test helping to tally 121 miles. The sting in the tail of the event has been provided by the El Durazno-Ambul stage at 41 miles.
Much of the route for the event is new, but the classic El Condor stage has been retained, albeit split in two with the run into Copina being utilized for the Sunday afternoon powerstage.
2012 Rally Argentina itinerary:
Thursday April 26
SS1 Parque Tematico 1 3.75 miles 2008
Friday April 27
SS2 La Pampa-La Pampa 1 20.19 miles 0730
SS3 Ascochinga-Agua de Oro 1 32.83 miles 0821
Service Villa Carlos Paz 1051
SS4 La Pampa-La Pampa 2 20.19 miles 1251
SS5 Ascochinga-Agua de Oro 2 32.83 miles 1342
Service Villa Carlos Paz 1612
SS6 Cosquin-Villa Allende 11.77 miles 1709
Saturday April 28
SS7 San Augustin-Santa Rosa 1 12.42 miles 0830
SS8 Amboy-Santa Monica 1 12.42 miles 0923
SS9 Athos Pampa-Golpe de Agua 1 27.15 miles 1025
Service Villa Carlos Paz 1240
SS10 San Augustin-Santa Rosa 2 12.42 miles 1443
SS11 Amboy-Santa Monica 2 12.42 miles 1536
SS12 Athos Pampa-Golpe de Agua 2 27.15 miles 1638
Service Villa Carlos Paz 1853
SS13 Parque Tematico 2 3.75 miles 1948
Service Villa Carlos Paz 2011
Sunday April 29
SS14 El Durazno-Ambul 41.01 miles 0753
SS15 Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare 1 11.00 miles 0932
SS16 El Condor-Copina 10.12 miles 1009
Service Villa Carlos Paz 1119
SS17 Mina Clavero-Giulio Cesare 2 11.00 miles 1344
SS18 El Condor-Casilla Negra 5.59 miles 1428
SS19 Copina 3.10 miles 1511
All timings are local and in 24h format