Rally Chile arrived in the World Rally Championship for the first time in 2019. The gravel rally was based in the Pacific Coast city of Concepcion with stages running along the coast and into Chile’s spectacular rainforests.
2019’s 16 special stages covered over 300 kilometres with the longest stage, El Puma, testing the crews on the rally’s first day of competitive action.
Unfortunately, civil unrest in Chile ruled out the rally’s return in 2020 but the WRC is on course to make its comeback in September 2021.
Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja clinched a Rally Chile victory in 2019 in their title-winning Toyota Yaris WRC. That event also marked a noteworthy maiden Hyundai podium for Sebastien Loeb who finished just behind Sebastien Ogier’s Citroen.
Gravel rallying in the Americas is nothing new for the WRC with the challenging events of Rally Mexico and Argentina proving perennial hits. But Chile’s debut in 2019 showed that it can offer something different to its more established counterparts.
The Rally Chile stages were even described as similar to that posed by Wales’s famous Rally GB route. Chile is most definitely a challenge, just ask Thierry Neuville who suffered a painful crash last time out.
With Wales’s WRC future firmly in doubt look no further than Rally Chile for a weekend of mucky rally action.