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WRC Rally Argentina: Latvala leads after SS4

Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala wins two of the first three 'proper' stages to grab the lead on Rally Argentina
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Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has taken the early lead on Rally Argentina, finishing SS4 with a 3.6sec cushion over Hayden Paddon.

Latvala, who won the last event in Mexico, was fifth quickest in the first test of the day, the 24.71km Soconcho-Villa del Dique 1 test, 3.3secs off team-mate and stage winner, Sebastien Ogier.

The Finn then set the pace in SS3, before going fastest again in SS4, 7.3secs up on Paddon's Hyundai and 8.7s up on Ogier.

“A good stage,” Latvala told the official WRC site after Santa Rosa-San Agustin 1. “I remember it from the last time I drove it, although perhaps I was a little optimistic in some places!”

“This was more slippery than the others today, with a bit more loose gravel,” added Paddon, who finished SS4, just 0.8s up on Ogier.

“It was a lot of fun sliding about but I didn't adjust my driving quickly enough.”

Behind the top-three, Andreas Mikkelsen holds fourth, 12.1secs behind Ogier, with Dani Sordo fifth, despite hitting a grass bank near the end of SS2 and despite an issue with a sticky throttle pedal.

Ott Tanak rounds out the top six for the DMACK WRT, although the Estonian had to make emergency repairs post-SS4 due to an electricity problem.

M-Sport's Mads Ostberg is next up in seventh, from Henning Solberg, Lorenzo Bertelli and team-mate Eric Camilli in positions 8 through to 10.

Thierry Neuville had yet more woe and lies down in 20th after his engine stopped in SS4, costing him just over 5 minutes. He had been eighth.

In WRC2, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari leads, 1.5secs up on fellow Skoda Fabia R5 runner Didier Arias. Hubert Ptaszek holds third. Early WRC2 leader Nicolas Fuchs is now 4th, 58.6s off Al-Kuwari, after his power steering failed in Santa Rosa-San Agustin 1

In terms of retirements, Elfyn Evans had to park his Fiesta R5 after SS2 due to an electrical problem. He had been running second in class.

Competitors now head to the 6.04km Super Especial Parque Tematico, before then returning to the mid-day service in Carlos Paz.
by Rob Wilkins



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