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Rally Argentina: OMV Kronos Thursday summary

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT impressed by super stage Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor have taken up the Rally Argentina with a ninth- best special stage time. Even though the Austrians of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team know the WRC-run in South...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT impressed by super stage

Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor have taken up the Rally Argentina with a ninth- best special stage time. Even though the Austrians of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team know the WRC-run in South America very well they never completed this SS. Almost 70.000 enthusiastic motor sports fans cheered the rally aces on to spectacular drifts in the River Plate Stadium of Buenos Aires. Mikko Hirvonen (Fin/Ford Focus WRC) took the victory at this tarmach super stage ahead of countryman and teammate Marcus Grönholm.

Impressive vibes

"Super stages basically exist to offer the spectators a good show". This is the opinion of OMV driver Manfred Stohl. Consequently the times achieved there are not all-important to him. The 34-year-old Austrian and co-driver Ilka Minor finished the first, 2,4 kilometres long special stage in the River Plate Stadium of Buenos Aires in ninth place. 5,3 seconds behind victor Mikko Hirvonen, by whom he was beaten in the immediate duel. Stohl: "I was aware that the Argentinians are rally enthusiasts. But the vibes of the almost 70.000 fans here were extremely impressive. That makes you cherish each second. And the spectators deserve that you off them a good show instead of just stubbornly concentrating on the circuit."

Ford-double-lead

The Ford works team had the best start into the rally. Marcus Grönholm reached second place behind winner Mikko Hirvonen but was closely followed by Dani Sordo (Spa/Citroen C4 WRC) who showed his forte on this surface at the only tarmac stage of the whole rally.

Eight special stages on Friday

Following the excursion to Buenos Aires the rally will only restart on Friday at 9:00 (local time). Eight special stages and 124,50 special stage kilometres are scheduled. The first leg will be rounded off by a super stage in the stadium of Cordoba (19:05 Uhr), which, as opposed to the opening, will be completed on gravel. The finish line of the first leg will be crossed at circa 19:45.

-credit: omv kronos

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Series WRC
Drivers Marcus Gronholm , Manfred Stohl , Mikko Hirvonen , Ilka Minor
Teams Citroën World Rally Team