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WRC Argentina
The rally is based in Villa Carlos Paz in the city of Cordoba, nestled into the banks of the San Roque Lake. The service park lies at a height of 650 metres above sea level, but stages rise steeply into the surrounding mountains to a peak of 2100 metres, making this another high-altitude encounter.

Road position is particularly important as crews who are able to run the stages before the loose surface deteriorates too badly will gain significant advantage. The second passes of the stages in the afternoon will likely be increasingly treacherous for those further down the order as the ruts cut deep into the road. On the tough tests and in the inconsistent conditions, drivers must perform consistently to stay at the front.

The stages consist of medium- to high-speed routes that flow through the mountains in and around Cordoba, with a superspecial stage held inside the Cordoba Stadium. Crews will use the same hard compound variant of Pirelli Scorpion gravel tyre as debuted in Mexico.

This rally is extremely tough on cars as the environment is harsh and unforgiving and the high altitude robs the engines of power on the final day.

The event comprises 21 stages over 352 competitive kilometres through the Punilla Valley to the north of Cordoba, Santa Rosa de Calamuchita to the south and Traslasierra to the west. The spectator Superspecial stage inside the Cordoba Stadium will be run a total of three times, once at the end of each day.

Driver quotes
Petter Solberg: “The rally is very narrow and fast, and it’s very good! Especially the people: there are so many fans that always come to watch the rally which makes it very special. The team have worked very hard since Mexico, I’m feeling very positive and I think everyone is feeling more confident for Argentina. We’ll go there and judge our pace but I think we can fight at the top. We’ll get the feel of the car from shakedown and then we’ll take it step by step and push from there. I’ll push hard, and then push a little more. That’s my approach.”

Chris Atkinson: “Argentina is probably one of the most difficult rallies for me. It seems to be a rally you need quite a bit of experience at, and that suits those who’ve been here for a long time. You recall Sainz and other greats winning this rally and making their careers because of it, and it’s a rally I’ve still to come to grips with speed-wise overall. I think we could be even more susceptible to punctures here than in Mexico so that will be an important factor. I joined Stéphane here last year for the first time, but it’s been great with him this last year so I don’t think it will make a difference. We can use our pace notes from last year though so it might mean that he won’t have so many hours of rewriting them!”


Day One:

Overall times after SS1:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 16mins 29.3secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +00mins 48.1secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 50.7secs M
4. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +01mins 14.8secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +01mins 33.8secs M
6. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 35.3secs M
7. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01mins 39.8secs M
8. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 57.9secs M
9. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 58.5secs M
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 28.2secs A8
11. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 41.1secs M
12. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza STi +02mins 45.9secs P
13. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 48.1secs P
14. Luis-Perez Companc Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 59.0secs M
15. Simone Campedelli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 00.0secs P
16. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 00.9secs P
17. Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 05.1secs N4
18. Gabriel Pozzo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 10.2secs N4
19. Sebastian Beltran Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 21.8secs N4
20. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 27.1secs P

PWRC Overall:
1. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza STi 19mins 15.2secs P
2. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 02.2secs P
3. Simone Campedelli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 14.1secs P


News Flash:
BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala has rolled his Focus RS WRC car on the second stage of the Rally Argentina.

Jari, who was running second overall following SS1, went off near the start of the 23.28 kilometre-run through Ascochinga when he hit a bank and his Focus was pitched up into the air.




SS3 - Capilla del Monte-San Marcos 1 (22.95 km): Latvala fastest through; Loeb second; Galli third; Hirvonen fourth; Sordo fifth; Atkinson sixth; Arai had problems and lost over 10 minutes; Aigner heads the PWRC category; Hirvonen leads overall by 48.5 seconds.
Overall times after SS3:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07 49mins 15.8secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 48.5secs M
3. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +01mins 28.0secs M
4. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007 +01mins 59.3secs M
5. Gigi Galli Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 10.6secs M
6. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +02mins 18.4secs M
7. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 36.0secs M
8. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 50.0secs M
9. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +04mins 03.3secs M
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 22.2secs A8
11. Luis-Perez Companc Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 00.4secs M
12. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +06mins 41.0secs P
13. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen C4 WRC +07mins 06.2secs A8
14. Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +07mins 10.4secs P
15. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 00.8secs P
16. Sebastian Beltran Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 15.6secs P
17. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza +08mins 36.8secs P
18. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 58.9secs P
19. Bernardo Sousa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +09mins 05.5secs P
20. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza N12 +09mins 22.6secs P

Overall PWRC after SS3:

1. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 55mins 56.8secs P
2. Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 29.4secs P
3. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 19.8secs P


Results coming from crash.net
 
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