Backstage Rally Argentina.

Steps to success in the land of the gauchos.

Long special stages in the land of long dance steps – Argentina will be the fourth country to host the WRC armada in the 2016 season. The history of rallying in this South American country stretches back to 1980. Its traditional dance, meanwhile, is considerably older – Argentine tango came about towards the end of the 19th century and is now revered around the world. It is characterised by long, slow steps and abrupt changes in pace, and is considered to be one of the most difficult dances to master. What you need above all else is good coordination, because the legs do all the hard work, while the rest of your body is required to remain motionless.

There is also a lot of legwork involved for Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen when they send their Polo R WRC vehicles hurtling down the gravel tracks in Argentina. And with some of the special stages being more than 50 kilometres, their arms are likely to be pretty heavy at the end of the day too. You can keep track of the choreographed corner work of the Polo R WRC vehicles on the reports page. And for rally fans wishing to give tango a go, the basic steps of this popular standard dance are laid out in the illustration below: the step sequence is numbered, with the blue graphics representing the man and the red graphics representing the woman.