Mikko Hirvonen and Mads Ostberg have both retired from Rally Argentina in the opening stage this morning.

Hirvonen went out in his M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC car 7.5 kilometres into the long 27.09 km Santa Catalina test, when he hit a wall. He was unable to continue. Ostberg then joined him on the sidelines when he clobbered a rock at the 16 kilometre marker and knocked a wheel off his Citroen DS3 WRC. Both crews escaped unharmed.

Hyundai's Dani Sordo had problems too and he lost almost three minutes with a turbo issue, but was able to complete the test.

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Sebastien Ogier meanwhile was quickest, 2.8 seconds up on Volkswagen team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala. Andreas Mikkelsen came in third in the VW Motorsport II Polo R WRC, followed by Kris Meeke and Thierry Neuville. Ogier now leads overall by 7 seconds.

Competitors now head to SS3, the 51.88 km Ascochinga test.