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Gronholm wins in Argentina.

Of the other entries Toshi Arai dominated this third round of the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship in his Subaru Impreza. The Japanese driver enjoyed a trouble-free run through the final five stages to arrive back in Villa Carlos Paz with more than 2 minutes advantage over Daniel Sola who had struggled with a puncture on the first day and then turbo trouble through the next leg.

British driver Niall McShea held second place, but his hopes of a big points score were wiped out on the final loop of stages, however, when the intercooler broke. Karamjit Singh took third in his Proton Pert.

Gabriel Raies was the leading non-factory World Rally Car. This was an emotional event for the local Toyota Corolla WRC driver. The 47-year-old bows out of the sport after 25 years, finishing the event in tenth position.



Rally statistics - Leg 3:

Starters: 41 crews (17 Group A and 24 Group N) started this morning.

Retirements: Martin (EE), Makinen (FIN), Schwarz (D) and other 7 drivers.

Today - Sunday 11 May: Leg 3 started from Carlos Paz at 06h35 and covered 324.36km, including 105.49km on five stages. The first car arrived back in Carlos Paz at 14h39.



Stage by stage summary - Leg 3:

SS21 San Marcos Sierra 3 (9.61kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 16m 49.2
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 16m 58.5
3. Solberg (N) Subaru 17m 00.6

Leaders after SS21:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 3h 18m 07.0
2. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 18m 27.2
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 18m 27.7

SS22 San Marcos Sierra-Cuchi 2 (22.57kms):
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 13m 04.6
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 13m 06.3
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 13m 08.2

Leaders after SS22:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 3h 31m 13.3
2. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 31m 31.8
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 31m 35.9

SS23 La Falda 2 (9.37kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 6m 24.4
2. Solberg (N) Subaru 6m 25.8
3. Sainz (E) Citroen 6m 25.9

Leaders after SS23:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 3h 37m 37.7
2. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 37m 57.7
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 38m 02.4

SS24 La Cumbre 2 (21.70kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 18m 23.6
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 18m 27.4
3. Solberg (N) Subaru 18m 33.0

Leaders after SS24:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 3h 56m 01.3
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 56m 29.8
3. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 56m 35.1

SS25 Ascochinga 2 (28.83kms):
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 18m 36.5
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 18m 43.7
3. Solberg (N) Subaru 18m 51.5

Leaders in Carlos Paz after SS25:
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 4h 14m 45.0
2. Sainz (E) Citroen +26.6
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot +1m 12.8
4. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot +2m 19.3
5. Solberg (N) Subaru +3m 11.4
6. Auriol (F) Skoda +7m 58.5
7. Gardemeister (FIN) Skoda +8m 33.7
8. Duval (B) Ford +12m 35.3
9. Arai (J) Subaru +20m 01.7
10. Raies (RA) Toyota +20m 03.4

Production Car WRC leaders after SS25:
1. Arai (J) Subaru 4h 34m 46.7
2. Sola (E) Mitsubishi +2m 09.6
3. Singh (MAL) Proton +3m 26.7
4. Manfrinato (I) Mitsubishi +4m 25.2
5. De Dominicis (I) Mitsubishi +25m 04.3
6. Trivino (MEX) Mitsubishi +41m 47.6
7. Errani (I) Mitsubishi +56m 25.6



Final rally statistics:

Event: The rally covered 1454.89km, including 379.334km on 24 special stages (including 9 run twice). All stages were on gravel roads closed to other traffic.

Starters: 78 crews (31 Group A and 47 Group N) started the rally.

Finishers: 33 crews (14 Group A and 19 Group N) finished the rally.

Stage winners:
Gronholm (SS1-3-4-11-12-15-17-18-20-21-23-24)
Sainz (SS6-7-9-15-16-19-22-25)
Martin (SS10-13-15)
Rovanpera (SS8-15)
Burns (SS2-15)
Makinen (SS5)
Loeb (SS15)
Warmbold (SS15)
Raies (SS15)

shared times in bold
stage 14 was cancelled


Rally leaders:
SS1-SS8 Gronholm
SS9-SS19 Sainz
SS20 Martin
SS21-SS25 Gronholm


FIA World Rally Championships:

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (provisional standings after 5 of 14 rounds): Burns (GB) 32, Gronholm (FIN) 30, Sainz (E) 24, Loeb (F) 17, C. McRae (GB) 17, Solberg (N) 13, Martin (EE) 13, Makinen (FIN) 11, Duval (B) 9, Gardemeister (FIN) 9, Rovanpera (FIN) 5, Panizzi (F) 4, Auriol (F) 4 Robert (F) 3, A. McRae (GB) 3, Schwarz (D) 1.

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (provisional standings after 5 of 14 rounds): Peugeot 65, Citroen 52, Ford 29, Subaru 27, Skoda 19, Hyundai 3.

FIA Junior World Rally Championship (after 2 of 7 rounds, this event not counting): Tirabassi (F) 10, Katajamaki (FIN) 10, Ligato (RA) 8, Canellas (E) 8, Broccoli (RSM) 6, Wilks (GB) 6, Aava (EE) 5, Teuronen (FIN) 5, Cecchettini (I) 4, Ceccato (I) 4, others.

FIA Production Car World Championship (after 3 of 7 rounds): Arai (J) 20, Singh (MAL) 17, Blomqvist (S) 11, Rowe (GB)11, Ligato (RA) 8, Sola (E) 8, Al Wahaibi (OM) 6, Bourne (NZ) 5, Manfrinato (I) 5, Holowczyc (PL) 4, Ferreyros (PE) 4, De Dominicis (I) 4, others.


Next event: June 5 - 8 - Rally Acropolis.





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