The city of Cordoba has been witness to the official start of the
Rally of Argentina thanks to the dispute of a short super special stage in the streets.
As usual in these urban roads, the show has been over
the differences, although the fans in south america have been able to
enjoy a fact that is not repeated very often. Sébastien Ogier and
Dani Sordo have finished tied at times and both fall asleep as the leaders of the Rally
of Argentina. The search of the first victory in this test and the first
podium of 2016 for one and another have come together in a first position shared.
1:29.0 has been time that has earned Ogier and Sordo for
to be leaders after this first leg, although they both know that the really hard and
important will begin in a few hours. However, it is always good to start a
test as a leader, even if this first position is shared or is only for
0.1 seconds ahead of Ott Tanak, the third party in question in the streets of Cordoba. To
in the wake of the Estonian driver has been placed Thierry Neuville, while the
top five has completed the fast new zealander Hayden Paddon, master of the shakedown with his Hyundai i20 WRC.
Although any special urban has intrinsically more component of show of real competition, it is also true that an error usually leave a small ballast of seconds. On this occasion, the two have been pilots who have suffered in their meat. Eric Camilli has had a bad start to the special, letting a few tenths of a second in the first meters. Worse has been one of the favorites. Jari-Matti Latvala has been close skip-a-crossroads and has left 3.8 seconds, remaining just behind Andreas Mikkelsen. Both Volkswagen drivers have been located outside the top ten.
This fact has been motivated by the proper role of Lorenzo Bertelli and the two official drivers of M-Sport, despite the error in the first few meters of a Camilli that is watched over by a magnifying glass. The top ten has been completed by the first two classified of WRC2, which in turn are the top favorites to clinch the victory in this category. Nicolas Fuchs has been located ahead of Elfyn Evans for 0.2 seconds, exceeding that yes a total of six World Rally Car.
Classification after SS1 of the 36th Rally of Argentina
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||1:29.0|
|2nd||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+0.0|
|Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+0.1|
|4th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+0.3|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+0.7|
|6th||Lorenzo Bertelli||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1.5|
|7th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2.1|
|8th||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2.8|
|9th||Nicolas Fuchs||Skoda Fabia R5||+3.1|
|10th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta R5||+3.3|
the second stage of The Rally Argentina will start this Friday at noon (13:18pm) with the dispute of two loops of three sections, crowned both for a Super Special. The pilots will face 150 kilometres against the clock.