The 2019 Rally Argentina – the second gravel fixture of this year’s World Rally Championship, after Rally Mexico – produced yet another thrilling battle between the WRC’s main title contenders, as well as in the WRC2 class.
The South American round took place in the Villa Carlos Paz region (around 700 kilometres northwest of Buenos Aires) and kicked off in wet weather before the return of sunshine saw the thermometer climb to more than 20°C from Saturday afternoon onwards, including for Sunday’s high-altitude stages like Copina-El Cóndor. This Rally Argentina classic – which takes crews to an altitude of more than 2,100 metres above sea level – served as the Power Stage to wrap up the week’s action.
To cope with the demands made by Rally Argentina varied stages, Michelin provided its WRC partners with a choice between the medium-compound MICHELIN LTX Force M6 and the harder MICHELIN LTX Force H4, while its WRC2 runners were able to opt for either the MICHELIN Latitude Cross S80 (soft) or the MICHELIN Latitude Cross H90 (hard). In both classes, the softer alternative (LTX Force M6 and Latitude Cross S80) proved the chief choice practically throughout as the drivers took advantage of its strong casing and grip performance to entertain the huge crowds despite the weekend’s hostile conditions.