Argentina WRC: Tanak takes first win with Toyota

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Argentina WRC: Tanak takes first win with Toyota
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Apr 29, 2018, 4:26 PM

Toyota's Ott Tanak cruised through Rally Argentina's Sunday leg to take his first victory of the 2018 season.

Tanak, who joined Toyota from M-Sport this year, took his first win with the Japanese brand, and his third in the WRC.

His lead was 46.5 seconds as the day started and, despite not topping any of the three stages, he still won by a comfortable margin of 37.7s.

Thierry Neuville topped the last two stages of the day, including the Power Stage, and took second overall, nearly doubling his advantage over his Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo in the process.

The Spaniard took third, taking his second podium finish of the season out of four rallies.

Fourth place was fought between Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen, the latter topping the day-starting SS16 and finishing less than a second off Neuville in both of the following stages.

Ogier lost 12 seconds in SS17 but matched Mikkelsen on the other two runs, beating the Norwegian to second in the Power Stage by two tenths, and holding on to fourth overall by four seconds.

British duo Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke jumped ahead of Esapekka Lappi, who had a puncture on SS16, to secure sixth and seventh respectively.

Teemu Suninen was ninth with Pontus Tidemand claiming 10th and the WRC2 win as a late drama resulted in class leader Kalle Rovanpera crashing out on the penultimate stage.

Final results

Pos. Driver Car Time/Gap
1  Ott Tanak Toyota 3h43m28.9s
2  Thierry Neuville Hyundai 37.7s
3  Dani Sordo Hyundai 1m15.7s
4  Sebastien Ogier M-Sport Ford 1m58.6s
5  Andreas Mikkelsen Hyundai 2m02.6s
6  Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford 3m06.3s
7  Kris Meeke Citroen 3m25.7s
8  Esapekka Lappi Toyota 4m32.6s
9  Teemu Suninen M-Sport Ford 5m38.6s
10  Pontus Tidemand Skoda 12m15.8s
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Series WRC
Event Rally Argentina
Sub-event Day 3
Drivers Ott Tanak
Teams Toyota Racing
Author David Gruz
Article type Leg report