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Loeb lines up fourth win in a row.


Kronos Citroen team leader, Sebastien Loeb will go into the final leg of the Rally Argentina, the sixth round in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship, having more than doubled his advantage at the top of the leaderboard.

Although the Frenchman only managed to win one test on Saturday, he was quicker than his nearest rival, Petter Solberg on all four stages this morning and as such he increased his lead from 20 seconds at the end of leg 1 to 57.5 seconds heading into the mid-day service.

Furthermore while 'Hollywood' came back in the afternoon and won two tests, Loeb was seemingly pacing himself and will start the third leg with a 43.1 second lead.

He now looks poised to win in Argentina for the second year on the trot and to take his fourth win in succession, something that will further strengthen his position at the top of the drivers' championship, especially as his nearest rival, Marcus Gronholm looks unlikely to score.

Solberg meanwhile lies in a lonely second place, too far off Loeb to really trouble him and nearly two minutes up on Gigi Galli, who is third.

The Norwegian had a generally trouble-free day, his only real drama in SS12 when he was slightly delayed when a gear lever arm broke just before a watersplash. He only lost three seconds to Loeb through the test though as he reverted to the manual gearshift for the remainder of the stage and after the finish made a temporary lever using a locking wrench. His major complaint was that he chose the wrong tyres for the first loop something that has cost him any chance of going for 'gold'.

Galli is also comfortable in third and providing he has no problems on Sunday will secure his first ever podium finish in the WRC and on only his second event with the Pirelli backed Peugeot 307, his first time with it on gravel.

OMV Peugeot duo, Henning Solberg and Manfred Stohl remain locked in a battle for fourth, 5 seconds separating the two. However both have dropped back from being in contention for third. Brake problems and a poor tyre choice slowed Henning this morning on his first appearance in Argentina and while he was quicker this afternoon and was joint fastest with his brother through SS14, he is still some way off Galli, about a minute back.

Stohl has also lost time and from being right up with Galli is now back behind his team-mate, following two seperate spins in SS12 and SS13.



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