IRC: Hanninen takes dominant Rally Argentina win

Villagra reported that his M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000, which he was using in competition for the first time, lacked outright pace on the sandy stages although he conceded he was still getting to grips with his car.

Bruno Magalhaes scored points for the third time this season in his Peugeot Portugal 207. He reported his car had struggled for power on the higher altitude stages but said he was satisfied at the progression he had made throughout the weekend.

Argentine Nicolas Madero held onto his overnight seventh place at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. Paraguay's Diego Dominguez claimed the final point in eighth place in a similar Lancer with Alejandro Cancio and Juan Marchetto rounding out the top 10 in ninth and 10th respectively.

Claudio Menzi started the final day in ninth but incurred a 50-second penalty for leaving first service late after he missed his alarm call and failed to wake up in time. A front-right puncture, caused by hitting a rock on stage 11, added to his woes and dropped him to 11th.

Nasser Al-Attiyah's IRC debut ended in retirement when his Skoda Fabia ingested too much water going over a river crossing and triggered a misfire. Daniel Oliveira retired his Peugeot 207 with suspension damage after going off on stage 11.

Brazilian Rafael Tulio took the IRC 2WD Cup laurels in his Peugeot 206. He had trailed Argentine Pablo Pelaez initially but moved in front on stage five on Saturday when Pelaez damaged the front of his Honda Civic going through a water splash, which caused the engine to overheat.

The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season now continues with Rally Islas Canarias 'Trofeo El Corte Ingles', which runs from 29-April-1 May.

Rally Argentina – Top 10 positions after leg 2:

1. Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula Skoda Fabia S2000 2h30m38.1s
2. Guy Wilks/Phil Pugh Skoda Fabia S2000 +51.0s
3. Jan Kopecky/Petr Stary Skoda Fabia S2000 +2m20.1s
4. Gabriel Pozzo/Daniel Stillo Subaru Impreza STI +5m03.9s
5. Federico Villagra/Jorge Perez Companc Ford Fiesta S2000 +5m14.2s
6. Bruno Magalhaes/Carlos Magalhaes Peugeot 207 S2000 +6m11.0s
7. Nicolas Madero/Guillermo Piazzano Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +6m47.5s
8. Diego Dominguez/Edgardo Galindo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +7m39.3s
9. Alejandro Cancio/Santiago Garcia Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +8m38.3s
10. Juan Marchetto/Gustavo Franchello Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +9m17.6s

IRC drivers' positions (after round 3 of 12):

1. Juho Hanninen 24pts
2. Guy Wilks 19pts
3. Jan Kopecky 15pts
4. Kris Meeke 10pts
= Mikko Hirvonen 10pts
6. Bruno Magalhaes 9pts
7. Nicolas Vouilloz 6pts
8. Gabriel Pozzo 5pts
= Stephane Sarrazin 5pts
10. Federico Villagra 4pts etc

IRC Manufacturers positions (after round 3 of 12):

1. Skoda 46pts
2. Peugeot 24pts
3. M-Sport 14pts
4. Ralliart 6pts
5. Subaru 5pts

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Juho Hanninen / Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally Argentina. [Pic credit: IRC]
Juho Hanninen / Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally Argentina winners. [Pic credit: IRC]

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