Thierry Neuville leads Rally Argentina

The Belgian Hyundai moved to the front of the race after a day full of surprises.

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The first stage of Rally Argentina delivered many emotions. The day, which had the Calamuchita Valley as the setting, witnessed a great duel between the main referents of the World Rally.

Estonian Ott Tänak (Toyota), which became the first test leader to organize the Automobile Club Argentino After winning the night Super Special in Villa Carlos Paz, he had a tough fight for first place with his Irish teammate Chris Meeke, who passed to the front of the general after PE 4, Personal Fibertel Santa Rosa-San Agustín won Las Bajadas-Villa Del Dique, which was the second of the day after the first in Las Bajadas-Villa Del Dique and the cancellation of PE 3 Amboy-Yacanto for its poor condition.

Ott Tänak (Toyota).

Meeke started the second part of the stage with a steady pace and also took advantage of the fight for second place between Tänak and the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), but the emotions came on the last two stages of the day.

In PE 7 Meeke lost 20 seconds and left the first place in the hands of Tänak, but the joy of his teammate did not last long since in the last selective the transmission shaft broke.

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So, right off the bat, the race became red hot with Neuville as the new leader with eleven seconds ahead of the Frenchman. Sébastien Ogier (Citroën), precisely the two fight for the leadership of the tournament. Third finished Tänak at 13 seconds.


Stage 2 will take place on Saturday and will consist of seven special tests with two passes to Tanti-Mataderos, Mataderos-Cuchilla Nevada and Cuchilla Nevada-Characato -the longest stretch of the race with 33 kilometers- and a visit to the Villa Theme Park Carlos Paz at noon.

THE PALAZO DE LAPPI

Esapekka Lappi (Toyota)

The scare of the day was starred by the Finn Esapekka Lappi (Citroën), who overturned with five kilometers to go to finish PE 8 (Personal Fibertel Santa Rosa-San Agustín won Las Bajadas-Villa Del Dique II). Fortunately, neither he nor his navigator were injured, although the car was badly damaged. At the time of the incident, the Nordic was ninth.

GENERAL RANKING

POS PILOT TEAM DIF 1
1. T. NEUVILLE HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAM 1:11:13.9
2. S. OGIER CITROEN TOTAL WRT +11.9
3. O. TÄNAK TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT +13.4
4. K. MEEKE TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT +28.1
5. A. MIKKELSEN HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAM +29.4
6. E. EVANS M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM +38.2
7. D. DEAF HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAM +41.1
8. T. SUNINEN M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM + 1: 59.2
9. J. LATVALA TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT + 2: 02.9
10. M. OSTBERG CITROEN TOTAL + 6: 11.1
11. P. HELLER PEDRO HELLER + 8: 21.9
12. A. GALANTI ALEJANDRO GALANTI + 10: 05.1
13. M. BULACIA SKODA MOTORSPORT + 10: 48.8
14. P. NOBRE PAULO NOBRE + 14: 04.0
15. B. WAR BENITO GUERRA + 14: 30.6
16. J. IRIBARREN JOSÉ MARÍA IRIBARREN + 39: 12.6
17. G. BOTTAZZINI WILLIAM BOTTAZZINI + 47: 38.4
18. S. ZARZA SERGIO OSCAR ZARZA + 47: 46.7

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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