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Ogier retains Rally Argentina lead

Thierry Neuville, Gabriel Pozzo and Martin Prokop complete the provisional top ten, with Michal Kosciuszko and Daniel Oliveira eleventh and twelfth.

“The stages were quite bumpy and rough so it was not easy," Neuville remarked. "We decided to take a cautious approach to protect the car. This rally will be very hard for the mechanics so we are not taking any big risks at the moment.

“We had a small issue with the wipers towards the end of the first stage [SS2], but it didn't affect me too much and they were working perfectly for the long one [SS3] so that was no drama. It will be tough this afternoon. There are already some big stones on the stages so we'll have to be really careful. There is a long way to go and anything can still happen.”

In WRC2, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari is out front in his Ford Fiesta RRC – almost a minute up on Nicolas Fuchs. Ricardo Trivino is third, while Marcos Ligato, who led the class overnight, went out in SS2 after breaking a wheel.

The opening leg now concludes this afternoon with a repeat-run through this morning's two stages. SS4, Santa Catalina/La Pampa 2, is due to start at 14.41 hours local time [18.41 hours UK time].



Rally Argentina: Overall standings after Stage 3 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 1hour 01mins 04.0secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +03.6s M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +06.0s M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +23.5s M
5. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +33.2s M
6. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +55.9s T
7. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 05.5s M
8. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 25.9s T
9. Gabriel Pozzo Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m 08.1s T
10. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m 19.4s T

Others

11. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +3m 43.6s T
12. Daniel Oliveira Stohl Racing Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 14.2s
13. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +6m 44.3s WRC2
14. Nicolas Fuchs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +7m 43.5s WRC2
15. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +7m 47.5s M
16. Ricardo Trivino Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +8m 56.8s WRC2


WRC2 standings after Stage 3 (Top 3):

1. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC 1hr 07m 48.3s WRC2
2. Nicolas Fuchs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +59.2s WRC2
3. Ricardo Trivino Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +2m 12.5s WRC2


Notable retirements:

None.


all times unofficial




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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

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