The last three sections of the second stage of the Rally of Argentina have not changed anything, at least if it focuses the gaze on Ott Tanak. The Estonian has not slowed down, has lost not an iota of force to the controls of the Toyota Yaris WRC, and has added two scratch more on his way to victory, a goal ever closer. However, to your back of the rally has changed a little, at least all that may change after a puncture, Kris Meeke who has been encouraged to Dani Sordo in third position.
With a tires mounted on five tires soft (S5) for all the priority drivers of the WRC, except for Ogier who preferred the combination of four gums, soft and hard, the end of the loop the evening. Without the dreaded fog of the morning, the script also changed in excess and Ott Tanak returned to be the reference in the second pass through ‘Tanti – Slaughter’. With the positions actually settled among the first ten, you had to expect something out of the ordinary to stir a rally in the Tanak is not only a leader, but you are adding some of the statistics that placed him, also at the numerical level, as a pilot of reference of Toyota.
despite the good pace of Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo, who calcaban your time at SS14, the scratch in the second pass through ‘The Giant – Blade Nevada’ fall back again on the side of Ott Tanak. The Estonian set as well your advantage in 46.5 seconds before the longest stretch of the loop, so enabling him to cope with the more than 40 kilometres from the SS15 with some relaxation. It was not the feeling which prevailed among their most immediate pursuers and more when the ever-capricious Rally of Argentina decided to change the protagonists of the podium, to the satisfaction of Michel Nandan and Hyundai Motorsport.
In full SS15, Kris Meeke charged a flat tire on a wheel of your Citroën C3 WRC. To the length of the stretch, the pilot in northern ireland was seen in the obligation to stop to change the tire, which made him lose close to two and a half minutes. This fact joined to the scratch of Dani Sordo, that besides the mishap of Meeke was coming with an already high rate, have given rise to Deaf occupies the third place in the rally, just behind Thierry Neuville. Without a doubt, a provisional position is very interesting for Hyundai Motorsport in terms of the constructors.
however, Sébastien Ogier is now fourth at 1:59 minutes of the leader, while Elfyn Evans, the second pilot, designated to score points for M-Sport, occupies the seventh place. Between the two are placed Andreas Mikkelsen with the third of the Hyundai and Esapekka Lappi, in full fight with the own Evans. After the fatal puncture in SS15, Kris Meeke has fallen to the eighth position, although behind the threat of Teemu Suninen is minimal. Closes the ‘top 10’ of the test Kalle Rovanperä with the first of the R5, making clear the success that added up to Skoda with his signing.
all in all, the battle they are keeping the two official drivers of the Czech brand by the leadership of the category WRC2 has been overshadowed by some controversy. Although the time table says that Kalle Rovanperä has an advantage of 23,2 seconds on Pontus Tidemand in the absence of three stages to finish the rally, the pilot Swedish has been suggested in social networks he is limiting to maintain the rhythm and follow the orders of the team, implying that it is not running at the maximum. Be that as it may, Gus Greensmith closes the provisional podium of the category.
Classification after SS15 of the 38th Rally of Argentina
|Pos.||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Dif.|
|1||Ott Tanak||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:58:33.9|
|2nd||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+46.5|
|3rd||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+1:08.2|
|4th||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:59.0|
|5th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+2:13.8|
|6th||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||+2:42.9|
|7th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2:49.1|
|8th||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||+3:20.4|
|9th||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4:17.6|
|10th||Kalle Rovanperä||Skoda Fabia R5||+10:50.2|
The Rally of Argentina ends this Sunday (14:08h) with the dispute of the three sections of the third stage of the rally. The riders will face the last 55,27 kilometres against the clock.