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WRC Rally Argentina 2013: Latvala tops qualifying
1 May 2013
Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala set the pace this morning in qualifying for Rally Argentina.
Latvala, who took his first podium with VW in Portugal, completed the 4.59 kilometre test in 2 minutes 31.128 seconds, which put him just 0.035 seconds up on Citroen's Sebastien Loeb, who is back in action this weekend and taking in his third of four planned outings in the 2013 World Rally Championship. Latvala will now get first choice of starting position for the opening day on Thursday.
Current championship leader Sebastien Ogier meanwhile was third in his works VW Polo, ahead of Citroen duo Dani Sordo and Mikko Hirvonen.
Mads Ostberg was next up and sixth for the Qatar M-Sport WRT, with Thierry Neuville one spot back.
Drivers will now select their start positions at 13.00 hours local time. The action then starts gets underway with SS1 - a short 6.04 km SSS - at 16.00 hours local time. Rally Argentina - Qualifying stage:
1. Jari-Matti Latvala
Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2m 31.128s
2. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +0.035s
3. Sebastien Ogier
Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +0.292s
4. Dani Sordo
Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +0.912s
5. Mikko Hirvonen
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +0.951s
6. Mads Ostberg
Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1.3s
7. Thierry Neuville
Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1.8s
8. Evgeny Novikov
Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2.8s
9. Andreas Mikkelsen
Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +3.7s
10. Martin Prokop
Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6.2s
11. Michal Kosciuszko
Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +7.5s
12. Gabriel Pozzo
Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +9.2s
Tall times unofficial