WRC Rally Argentina: Latvala stretches lead, Ogier drops back

Jari-Matti Latvala continues to lead Rally Argentina following Saturday's morning loop, now 13.3secs up on Hayden Paddon, with Sebastien Ogier third, 32.3secs further back
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Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala stretched his lead on Rally Argentina on Saturday morning, while team-mate Sebastien Ogier lost out running at the head of the pack.

Latvala began the second day with a 7.9sec advantage, but it was Hayden Paddon that set the pace, beating the Finn by 2.1secs in Villa Bustos-Tanti 1, SS10, a result that moved the Hyundai pilot back to second and ahead of Ogier.

Paddon was quickest again then in SS11, the long 38.68km Los Gigantes-Cantera El Condor 1 test, to take another 2.6secs out of Latvala. However, Latvala responded in SS12, taking the 550th stage win for the Polo R WRC and beating Paddon by 6.6secs to head back to service with his overnight lead up to 13.3secs.

“Hayden was impressive in the first two and I was struggling with the notes. On the third one though okay now I push - the stage was narrow like Sardegna and we did well,” Latvala told the official WRC site.

Meanwhile, Ogier ended the loop 45.6secs off Latvala and 32.3secs off Paddon in P2, conceding time sweeping the road: “Really good loop. I'm happy with what I've done,” Ogier said.

Asked if he can still win, he replied: “I have to stop dreaming, this is how rallies are now...”

Behind, VW Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen holds fourth, just 7.4secs shy of Ogier, with Dani Sordo fifth and still 20 or so seconds back.

M-Sport's Mads Ostberg is next up in a distant sixth, almost 2 minutes off Sordo, while Henning Solberg continues to hold seventh, despite losing the power steering in the first test of the day.

Marcos Ligato, Eric Camilli and Thierry Neuville hold positions 8 through to 10, with WRC2 class leader Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari eleventh, almost two minutes up on Nicolas Fuchs.

Day two of Rally Argentina now continues this afternoon with a repeat-run through all three of this morning's stages. SS13, the 19.71km Villa Bustos-Tanti 1 test, is due to get underway at 13.57 hours local time [17.57 hours UK time].
by Rob Wilkins

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