The shakedown turned out to be the prologue to a perfect. The battle that is lived between the pilots of Volkswagen and Hyundai has moved to the start of the Rally of Argentina during a period in which Hayden Paddon has seriously threatened the supremacy of the men of the German firm. Despite this and for the sections of the moist earth more compact than expected, Jari-Matti Latvala has taken advantage of his starting position to be the leader of the rally to the completion of the first stage. Sébastien Ogier and Hayden Paddon have withstood the downpour, while Dani Sordo has returned to be a victim of mechanical problems.
he Began the stage in ‘Soconcho – Villa del Dique’ with the general trend experienced during the whole day, the drivers of Volkswagen and Hyundai in a sigh. Sébastien Ogier is noted the scratch on the SS2 despite having erred in the configuration of the car. However, the stretches of land compact and at the same time the powder in suspension played in favor of the French, which beat Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo in the first special. From that moment, Jari-Matti Latvala took his head and laced two scratch time on SS3 and SS4 to be a leader.
While Jari-Matti Latvala was growing up, , Hyundai is living a crossing of sensations. Hayden Paddon was holding on to the mule of the Volkswagen drivers, while Dani Sordo lost 28.3 seconds in the loop with problems in the throttle. Worse you things were going to be a Thierry Neuville missing in action. The belgian had no rhythm in no time and also suffered electrical problems in the Hyunda i20 WRC. Even so, it was not the only rider in trouble, because Eric Camilli has been a fault in the turbo and Ott Tanak on the alternator. The Estonian finally abandoned before the SS5.
The loop evening began with Hayden Paddon adding the
scratch in the SS6, although their attack was overshadowed again by the power
Finnish. Jari-Matti Latvala again to repeat successes in SS7 and SS8, same
special that dominated during the morning. With these two fast times, the pilot suomi raised his distance on Hayden Paddon and Sébastien Ogier to
they exchanged the second position on a couple of occasions. Behind, Andreas
Mikkelsen was walking away from the podium positions, while Dani Sordo
stabilised fifth puestor to hold more than 1 minute lead over Mads
The last special night of the day leave a new change in the second position. With the scratch of Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala sleeps as a leader with an advantage of 7.9 seconds on Seb Ogier. Hayden Paddon for his part has had to be satisfied with the third position, although the new zealander promises to do battle both Ogier as to Latvala in the two days remaining. With the positions of the top five consolidated for Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo, perhaps the battle more interesting in the area of points is drawn behind Mads Ostberg and Henning Solberg, sixth, and seventh-ranked.
however and after the low-Lorenzo Bertelli by engine problems, Eric Camilli and Marcos Ligato are separated by half a minute. A distance could be saved, for the local rider, especially if your good paper to the dashboard of the Citroën DS3 WRC is maintained, something that is not easy for his inexperience in this vehicle, despite its knowledge of the segments. For his part, the top ten closes a Thierry Neuville unknown that yields more than 7 minutes and 30 seconds regarding leader and that is more close to the leader of the WRC2 that the pilot that precedes it.
Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari is the leader in WRC2 after a day of pure regularity. The qatari driver has not been the fastest of the category, but their two main rivals have had problems. Elfyn Evans said goodbye to the rally after suffering a puncture and a mechanical breakdown. For his part, Nicolas Fuchs broke the power steering, getting the end of the loop so agonizing, in a fight against the steering wheel really hard on a physical level. With this fault remedied, Nicolas Fuchs raised the pace in the afternoon, although it was not able to close the gap with Al-Kuwari.
all in all, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari is leading with an advantage of 53.3 seconds over Didier Arias, distance that you should be able to manage during the remaining two stages of the rally. For his part, Nicolás Fuchs has been promoted to the third position, but facing the rest of the rally with almost two minutes lost compared to the leader. Finally, in the category WRC3 the frenchman Michel Fabre continues his perfect plan and without rivals. For the moment, the frenchman has passed the first stage with the Citroën DS3 R3T Max for a few points that can make the difference at the end of the season.
Classification after SS9 of the 36th Rally of Argentina
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||1:26:31.3|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+7.9|
|3rd||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+11.4|
|4th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+25.7|
|5th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+49.0|
|6th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2:07.9|
|7th||Henning Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4:04.4|
|8th||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+5:33.8|
|9th||Marcos Ligato||Citroën DS3 WRC||+6:05.1|
|10th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+7:34.4|
The third stage of the Rally of Argentina will start this Saturday at noon (13:58h) with the dispute of two loops of three stages. The pilots will face 157,82 kilometres against the clock.