We started today with a leaden sky and the promise of rain. We were not disappointed. The rain fell in furious drops around 8.00 AM – but that’s why this part of Argentina is so green and lush. Throughout the day the rain came and went helping to keep participants on their toes!
The first gravel section of 58 km was timed at three averages, between 40 and 50 km/h, was truly awesome. The road at times was tight and twisting, and as we had entered the hills, we climbed through narrow passages cut through the rock, and gazed down at the road snaking away below. Participants crossed fords and low bridges as they wove their way around tiny farms and herds of cows.
The 24 km second gravel section was much flatter with long undulating straights, participants could really blast through in their cars. The organisers also included a cheeky triangle with a secret timed check on… nice one. At the end of this second gravel section, the crews managed to arrive in a timely fashion with cars 2, 3, 4, 6, 11 and 10 all arriving on or very close to their scheduled time with cars 8 – Hans Ulrich Wartenweiler and Jean Christophe Gyr in the 1965 Volvo Amazon and car 9 – Gerd Buehler and Armin Kneupfing in the 1972 Porsche 911 Coupe both arriving perfectly on their second.