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Rally Argentina: Stobart M-Sport leg two midday notes

Stobart drivers battle for points in Argentina Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg have both dropped back one place in the overall standings after the morning loop of day two at Rally Argentina. The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers are lying...

Stobart drivers battle for points in Argentina

Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg have both dropped back one place in the overall standings after the morning loop of day two at Rally Argentina. The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers are lying sixth and eighth going into this afternoon's action but remain well-placed to score solid points for the team.

Wilson started the day in a battle for seventh place overall with local hero Federico Villagra. The young Briton struggled with the set-up of his car and had plenty to contend with on the opening stage of the day, SS10 El Mirador - San Lorenzo, as he swerved to avoid a dog that ran into the path of his car.

Villagra edged ahead on the final stage of the morning, SS13 Icho Cruz - Carlos Paz, but his advantage over Wilson is less than a second setting up a classic clash between the two Ford Focus RS WRC drivers this afternoon.

Solberg remains safely in a point-scoring position despite slipping back one place from his overnight position of fifth. He was overhauled by Jari-Matti Latvala on SS11 Mina Clavero - Giulio Cesare, the longest stage of the day, and is now in sixth place with a significant time advantage over Villagra. The Norwegian is still working on the set-up of his car, trying to find a better turn in, but showed good pace on the final stage of the morning to finish fifth.

This afternoon crews will face the same loop of four stages with several areas expected to be quite rutted after this morning's pass, creating an extra test for the cars and drivers. They will then return to the Cordoba Stadium for the second of three Super Special stages over the weekend.

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Matthew Wilson:

"We have really struggled this morning. Last night we changed the dampers just as a precaution and since then the feeling with the car has just not been the same. It's been under-steering and over-steering and it's really difficult to find the grip. We will go back to the dampers we had yesterday and hopefully it will improve the situation. The first stage in the loop is fast and we got away with not dropping too much time there but the others were very technical and if everything doesn't feel right with the car then you just end up losing a lot more time."

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Henning Solberg:

"The front of the car is just not behaving the way we want and it's difficult to turn into corners. Obviously that's not ideal on these twisty, technical stages and the team are making some changes in service to try and solve the problem. Our times this morning have still been good but we need to improve the feeling with the front as turn-in is an important factor on these stages. The first one this morning was very slippery and there was still some standing water from the overnight rain. The last stage was full of spectators, it was crazy, and maybe too many people in some places."

-credit: stobart

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