Started the Rally Argentina in the dispute of the shakedown,
stretch usual of preparation and yet it has become all
a declaration of intentions. Three passes of the riders pointers
have been more than enough to to draw a possible battle between the i20 WRC and the Polo R WRC. Six World Rally Car
representing both brands have ended up separated by 3.9 seconds,
being Hayden Paddon the fastest rider on the shakedown to mark a
time of 4:02.9 in his last attempt in ‘Llano Grande’, a section that has
hosted this initial test with their 6,01 kilometres.
say, almost more important than the best time of Hayden Paddon was the
equality apparent between Hyundai and Volkswagen. Proof of this is that
Jari-Matti Latvala was second with a time 1.3 seconds slower than
the of Paddon, while the leader Sébastien Ogier was seven
tenths of a second of his teammate. has Also had a major role Dani
Deaf. The Spanish rider was fourth, proving to be very comfortable with the
Hyundai i20 WRC. After making three passes of the stretch, Deaf and marked a 4:05.9 which was
to get ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen and his partner Thierry Neuville.
The improvement of the stretch with the passing of the cars is something to keep in mind in order to understand the distances so short that there has been not only among the six pilots head, but among the riders who have finished behind. In fact, Ott Tanak has crept seventh with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC DMACK, while Mads Ostberg was eighth. Behind both has been located Marcos Ligato, with the Citroën DS3 WRC. The argentinian driver has been one of the few riders who has not been able to improve on his last pass, to make a small error.
In any case, the role of Marcos Ligato has been contrasted with the level shown by Eric Camilli, Lorenzo Bertelli, Valeriy Gorban and Jose Alberto Nicolas. The frenchman has been out of the top ten and at M-Sport are beginning to lose patience. Lorenzo Bertelli has been exceeded by Nicholas Fuchs, fastest rider among the participants in WRC2, while Valeriy Gorban has not been able to pass in the fourteenth position, despite completing six passes. Jose Alberto Nicolas with the other Citroén DS3 WRC PH Sport has rolled to 1 minute and 15 seconds of the rest of the WRC.
Rating shakedown of the 36th Rally of Argentina
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||4:02.9|
|2nd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+1.3|
|3rd||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+2.0|
|4th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+3.0|
|5th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+3.9|
|6th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+4.7|
|7th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+5.1|
|8th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+6.4|
|9th||Marcos Ligato||Citroën DS3 WRC||+9.2|
|10th||Henning Solberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+10.7|
the first stage of The Rally Argentina will start this early morning (00:09h) with the dispute of a super-special urban. The riders will face a mileage very short, but very attractive to the held this short stretch in the streets of Cordoba.