Elfyn Evans stands at the front of the Rally of Argentina


After the chaotic loop morning, it was almost impossible for the
the first stage of the Rally of Argentina had a script so full of surprises.
Perhaps for this reason or because of the natural adaptation that have tires DMACK to
type of gravel in the fifth round of the WRC, what is certain is that Elfyn
Evans has consolidated its leadership at the front of the test
. The welsh now manages
an income of 55.7 seconds over Mads Ostberg, second after the puncture suffered
by Jari-Matti Latvala. However, although the afternoon has been much more
quiet, the punctures are usual dressing of the trial disputed around
Villa Carlos Paz.

Despite numerous hints, runway excursions and
accidents, the leader of the test out with a spirit attacker and without saved
nothing to loop the evening. This attitude he was worth to Elfyn Evans to get the
scratch in the SS6
. Beyond the victory itself stretch, Evans will be endorsed to
Neuville to 8.7 seconds in 20 kilometres, while leaving Mads Ostberg to 12
seconds. Great displays of superiority that also looked rewarded in
the classification as Jari-Matti Latvala conceding to 23,8 seconds for problems of
temperature in your Toyota Yaris WRC
. At that time, Mads Ostberg was already the
second classified.

The soft ground of the SS7 did not alter the pre-set script
and Elfyn Evans came back to add that to the scratch, thus achieving his sixth scratch
straight and ultimately last of the day. However, the superiority
the pilot of DMACK was less evident and in fact Paddon calcaba the time
of the welsh, while Ostberg, Tanak, Neuville and Ogier ended less than
three seconds of Evans
. A result that among other things left patent the
good level have historically Ford in this rally and that has not
changed with the arrival of the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17.


The second pass through ‘Santa Rosa – San Agustin’ gave a
a touch of colour to the rally, any time that Hayden Paddon got his first scratch
and the first of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe in the Rally of Argentina. A consolation
less for a rider who took victory in this test in 2016. With
all, Paddon consolidated his comeback to climb to the seventh position. Without
however, the most important changes in terms of classification were produced
by the fault of the two punctures suffered by Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tanak. The
the Estonian was able to save the ballot with 13 seconds lost, while the pilot
Toyota left it for a half a minute on SS8.

Without major changes in the SS9, with scratch Thierry
Neuville in the Super Special Thematic Park in Villa Carlos Paz
, Elfyn
Evans managed to close the day with at 55.7 seconds of advantage over Mads
Ostberg. Thierry Neuville for his part, closes the podium in the interim,
although the belgian has six seconds to Sebastien Ogier. In the fight for the
podium is maintained despite of his prick Ott Tanak
, every time that the Estonian
gives in 4.6 seconds compared to his team mate at M-Sport. Even Jari-Matti
Latvala can still dream of bidding on positions of privilege.

Away from the same wheel as Hayden Paddon and Lorenzo
, both in no-man’s land. Ninth for his part is Juho Hänninen,
while the tenth position is for the first of the R5, the Swedish Pontus
Tidemand. Despite this, most are far away even to score points riders
Citroen. the Result of damage to the Citroen C3 WRC of Kris Meeke after his shift,
technicians of the French brand have had to make their own rally to
to rebuild the World Rally Car from northern ireland with the aim of try that
to be able to reenlist the test under Rally2


While the fight for the victory of the Rally Argentina
still has a lot of crumb, despite the domination of Elfyn Evans up the time,
you can not say the same of the second category in the world championship. Pontus Tidemand
leads WRC2 with more than 4 minutes and 30 seconds of advantage over the chilean
Peter Heller
. The swede, who has not had a rival in sports, has been seen as
his rivals were building up all kinds of problems. Unless mechanical failure or
error own, Pontus Tidemand has everything in his hand to give away a new
victory to the Skoda in the category, certifying the great domain the up

In fact, the only point of interest was the category
WRC2 has faded since Juan Carlos Alonso wheel to almost a minute
Heller in third position
. All in all, the argentinian driver has managed to
survive the wheel of his Skoda Fabia R5, which ended with the
aspirations of Hubert Ptaszek and Benito War during the loop morning. In
ultimately, and despite its good performance, Gustavo Saba also joined
drivers with issues
. It is not known if the pilot of paraguay can join the
rally back in the day on Saturday.

Classification after SS9 of the 37th Rally of Argentina

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 1:24:55.4
2nd Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +55.7
3rd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +1:00.7
4th Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:06.7
5th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17
6th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +1:29.9
7th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +3:41.8
8th Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +4:13.9
9th Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +4:48.6
10th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +6:32.3

The Rally of Argentina continues this Saturday from 13:08 hours (in Spain) with the dispute of its second stage. The riders will face a total of six special divided in two bules, with 160 kilometres against the clock.