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PWRC: Al-Attiyah returns to winning ways in Argentina

Nasser Al-Attiyah returned to winning ways in the Production World Rally Championship in Argentina, securing his first victory since his title-winning campaign back in 2006.

The Middle East Rally Champion emerged at the head of the field after an event which saw four drivers leading, and the Subaru driver now lies second in the championship standings behind Armindo Araujo – who elected to miss the South American event.

Al-Attiyah didn't have it all his own way however as he suffered a bent steering rod on the first day, although he was able to fix the issue having elected to carry a spare in his car.

As others then ran into problems during the following days, he was able to cruise home with a winning margin of 2min 12.9secs.

“I really enjoyed this weekend and I'd like to thank my team for doing such a good job. We have had a good start to the season and now we are in good shape to try to win the P-WRC – like we did in 2006.”

Marcos Ligato had looked set to fight Al-Attiyah all the way to the finish having taken the lead of the event on stage eleven, but power steering failure on stage 16 saw him fall away from the Qatari out front and he had to settle for second place.

Toshi Arai was another driver who had been involved in the battle for the lead until he bent a steering rod on the first afternoon, with more steering issues and a driveshaft problem leaving him down in third.

Broken rear suspension on day one slowed the challenge of Spyros Pavlides, although he made it to the finish in fourth place, while Eyvind Brynildsen took sixth despite being forced to use a substitute car after his own was delivered to Brazil by mistake ahead of the event.

Overheating issues on day one were followed by a loss of turbo boost that forced him to retire from day one, before he restarted under the SupeRally rules on day two. Despite further issues on the second day, he came home fifth ahead of Gabor Mayer, who was the final PWRC runner to make it to the finish.


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