Rally Argentina: Hirvonen and Ostberg retire

M-Sport's Mikko Hirvonen and Citroen's Mads Ostberg both sidelined in the first proper stage in Argentina
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.

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.

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team

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