WRC Argentina: Loeb’s 70th WRC Win
A 70th world class win for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena sees them maintain an unbeaten record in Argentina which dates back to 2004 and extending his lead at the top of the FIA World Rally Championship.
“Another victory here in Argentina it’s incredible for me and especially after Portugal it was important for the team to react like this. It has been a great rally here with Mikko finishing second.” said Loeb
Mikko Hirvonen who was under orders to hold position was happy to be back on the podium following his exclusion from Vodafone Rally de Portugal, “It’s been a good rally and I really love the long distance. They are such fantastic stages here.”
Stand-in Ford driver Dani Sordo was set for the final podium spot but hit trouble at the Power Stage- Amarok Copina, with a suspected broken alternator belt on his Fiesta.
The Spaniard’s misfortune handed third position to Mads Ostberg of the Adapta World Rally Team.
Martin Prokop took a career-best fourth with Thierry Neuville also securing a personal best for the Citroen Junior World Rally Team. Prokop’s final placing was the best result so far in the WRC for the DMACK tyre firm.
Andreas Mikkelsen’s top-six finish campaign ended when his Skoda suffered a front-right suspension failure on stage 15.
Ogier finished seventh behind the recovering Petter Solberg and Evgeny Novikov eighth.
Nasser Al-Attiyah restarted under Rally 2 rules and finished in ninth position in his Qatar World Rally Team Citroen, securing the final Power Stage point in the process.
Ott Tanak, who ran first on the road for the final two days, finished in 10th position.
Pictures Courtesy Best Of Rallye Live
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