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Loeb concludes day two of Rally Argentina on top

“Obviously, it's bitterly disappointing,” said Hirvonen, who had been second overall. “I knew that a lot of things would happen today, but unfortunately things haven't worked out in our favour. We just have to keep going to the end now to score some points.”

“Today has been a lot better for me than yesterday!” Ostberg added. “We found a new set-up [during midday service] yesterday and we confirmed today that it is working really well. I think we have been driving really well too so it has been a very good day for us. Unfortunately we are unable to fight for a good position, but hopefully we can set some good times and fight for some good points.”

Of the rest, Martin Prokop, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dani Sordo hold positions 8 through to 10. Mikkelsen retired on the road section to SS9, but will re-start on Saturday under Rally 2.

“We'd agreed with our engineers that we would take more risks and go on the attack this afternoon,” Mikkelsen explained. “The special stages were very rough and harsh on the car, and there were lots of violent impacts which damaged something in the front wheel suspension. I was lucky in a way because we still completed the stage in a really good time. But we were unlucky too, because we had to retire early today because of the problem with the suspension. Anyway, tomorrow is another day and we'll try to keep learning and covering more miles with the Polo R WRC. All in all, I'm not entirely unhappy with the rally.”

In WRC2, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari heads the support class, more than 10 minutes up on Nicolas Fuchs.

Rally Argentina now concludes on Saturday, with SS11, the 22.64 km Mini Clavero-Giulio Cesare test, starting at 09.08 hours local time [13.08 hours UK time].


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

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC 3hours 32mins 15.9secs M
2. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +39.8secs M
3. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 43.3s M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +2m 51.5s M
5. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m 32.5s T
6. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +6m 43.3s M
7. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m 40.6s M*
8. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m 13.9s T
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +12m 44.1s T*
10. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +13m 04.1s M

Others

11. Gabriel Pozzo Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +14m 44.6s T
12. Daniel Oliveira Stohl Racing Ford Fiesta RS WRC +23m 00.1s*
13. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +26m 03.5s WRC2


WRC2 standings after Stage 10 (Top 3):

1. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC 3hr 58m 19.4s WRC2
2. Nicolas Fuchs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +10m 30.7s WRC2
3. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza WRX STi +20m 54.3s WRC2


Notable retirements:

SS4. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Broken steering arm M*
SS4. Daniel Oliveira Stohl Racing Ford Fiesta RS WRC Lost front wheel*
SS5. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC Stopped in stage T*

SS6. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC Suspension T
SS8/9. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Suspension T*

*denotes re-started under Rally 2 regulations

all times unofficial




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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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