Why rallying must go the distance

Why rallying must go the distance

This week's Rally Argentina is the longest WRC event, the unique Safari aside, for 16 years, but that doesn't appeal to everyone. They're wrong, says AUTOSPORT's rallies editor David Evans, it's great for the sport

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Go. It's the start of a stage – a long one. The person who talked about size not mattering clearly didn't work in the World Rally Championship. This week's Rally Argentina has caught everybody's attention – it's the longest since 1996. I'm a bit old school when it comes to a rally being a rally and my hand baggage was overflowing with fever when I boarded the flight to Buenos Aires.

Toying with one or two bags of Revels to make the trans-Atlantic trip more comfortable (I'm a man of simple pleasures… they were family-sized bags), I caught up with a mate who put this talk of endurance into context.

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