Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has decided to run first on the road on Rally Argentina, with rain forecast for the opening day.

Loeb, who won the qualifying stage earlier in the day and who thus had first pick, will be followed by his team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen, who goes second and then the Fords of Petter Solberg and Dani Sordo in third and fourth. The starting order for the 14 priority seeded drivers pretty much mirrors the times from qualifying, with the exception of Solberg and Sordo, who swap positions.

Rally Argentina now continues this evening, with SS1, the short 6.04 km Parque Tematico Carlos Paz test, kicking off proceedings at 20.08 hours local time. The action doesn't begin proper, however, until Friday. Friday's leg includes over 190 competitive kilometres - including the monster 51.88km Ascochinga-Agua de Oro test.

Rally Argentina: Day 1 running order:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
3. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
4. Dani Sordo Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
5. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC M
6. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
7. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
8. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
9. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC M
10. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC
11. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
12. Daniel Oliveira Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC
13. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
14. Eliseo Salazar MINI John Cooper Works WRC