What is the WRC?
The World Rally Championship is a speed and endurance automobile competition, which normally lasts 4 days.
Unlike other disciplines, it does not run on a circuit or road course, it competes on roads that surround the host city. Depending on the country, roads can be paved, dirt or even snow. In addition, the cars are manned by a pilot and a co-pilot.
Created at 1973, the WRC is considered one of the most difficult motorsport championships in the world.
Each of the thirteen rallies is divided into sections, known as special stages, which are held on roads closed to traffic. The cars start one by one and try to complete the section in the shortest possible time. From one timed stage to the next, the pilots travel on normal roads called transits, with the rules in force in each country.
The driver and co-driver who complete all the special stages in the shortest time are the winners. It is not who comes first, but who gets the shortest total time.
Most of the rallies follow the same itinerary, two days of reconnaissance of sections Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the Shakedown is held, which is the last chance to test the cars before starting the rally.
Twice a day the competitors return to the Service Park (Rally Campus), here the members of the teams are authorized to perform mechanical work on the vehicles at a time predetermined by the regulations. When the cars are not in the Service Park, only the pilot and co-pilot can work in their car with the tools they carry on board.
There are time penalties, for example, if the assigned time is exceeded in the service park or if they arrive late at the beginning of a section.
The Championship is made up of 14 dates and Chile is the sixth. Follow all the dates of the WRC to learn more about this sport.