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Gronholm shows the way on day one in Argentina.

Of the other entries Marcos Ligato and Toshihiro Arai have swapped fastest times in the Group N category for more standard machinery, but gearbox and brake problems have hampered the Japanese driver in some tests and Ligato leads him by more than three minutes overnight.


Rally statistics - day one:

Starters: 68 cars (26 Gr.A + 42 Gr.N)

Retirements: Delecour (F), Schwarz (D) & 15 other drivers.

Today - Friday 17 May:
Leg 1 started from Villa Carlos Paz at 06h40 and covered 482.06km, including 153.79km on nine special stages.

Tomorrow - Saturday 18 May:
Leg 2 starts from Villa Carlos Paz at 06h40 and covers 480.97km, including 153.79km on nine special stages. The first car is expected to arrive in Villa Carlos Paz at 18h42.

Weather forecast:
Cloudy and misty, with regular light showers.


Stage by stage summary - Leg one:

SS1 Capilla del Monte (23.02kms):
Stage cancelled due to spectator congestion.

SS2 San Marcos Sierra (26.97kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 15m 38.4
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 15m 45.3
3. Solberg (N) Subaru 15m 38.8

SS3 Cosquin (19.19kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 13m 20.9
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 13m 27.5
3. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 13m 29.4

Leaders after SS3:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 28m 59.6
2. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 29m 14.7
3. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot 29m 22.7

SS4 Pro-Racing Lane A (3.44kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 2m 09.5
2. Solberg (N) Subaru 2m 11.9
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2m 12.1

Leaders after SS4:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 31m 09.1
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 31m 28.6
3. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot 31m 36.0

SS5 Pro-Racing Lane B (3.44kms):
1. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 2m 10.2
2. Sainz (E) Ford 2m 10.5
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2m 10.9
3. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot 2m 10.9

Leaders after SS5:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 33m 21.3
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 33m 38.8
3. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot 33m 46.9

SS6 Tanti (16.07kms):
1. Burns (F) Peugeot 8m 27.3
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 8m 29.1
3. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot 8m 29.4

Leaders after SS6:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 41m 50.8
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 42m 07.9
3. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot 42m 16.3

SS7 La Falda (9.37kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 6m 36.7
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 6m 37.1
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 6m 37.3

Leaders after SS7:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 48m 28.5
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 48m 45.0
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 48m 57.3

SS8 La Cumbre (23.46kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 20m 38.9
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 21m 24.0
3. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 21m 34.2

Leaders after SS8:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 09m 07.4
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 1h 10m 21.3
3. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 1h 10m 44.8

SS9 Asochinga (28.83kms):
1. Loix (B) Hyundai 20m 18.6
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 20m 34.6
3. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 20m 37.5

Leaders after SS9 - Leg one:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 29m 42.0
2. Makinen (FIN) Subaru +1m 40.3
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot +2m 01.0
4. Solberg (N) Subaru +2m 07.6
5. Sainz (E) Ford +2m 21.5
6. Loix (B) Hyundai +2m 48.6
7. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot +3m 34.5
8. Gardemeister (FIN) Skoda +3m 53.3
9. McRae (GB) Ford +4m 08.6
10. Martin (EE) Ford +4m 30.7






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