Ogier wins Rally Argentina superspecial

Undisputed World Rally king Sebastien Ogier began his quest for a first-ever victory on Rally Argentina by winning the opening superspecial stage.

Ogier was quickest around the Merlo city stage on 2m32.0s, two tenths of a second faster in his Volkswagen Polo than Citroen’s Kris Meeke and VW teammate Andreas Mikkelsen.

Last year’s winner Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth quickest in the third Polo, with Hyundai’s Dani Sordo in fifth, already a second down on Ogier.

To get to the stage and back to Rally HQ at Villa Carlos Paz, crews had to endure an eight-hour, almost-500km round trip to Merlo for a 2m32s, 2.68km stage.

Cars ran two at a time, starting 15s apart around two laps of a 1.34km loop containing a jump, tight hairpins and fast straights – 75 per cent asphalt and 25 per gravel.

“It’s going to be a long weekend,” said Ogier, who has 27 WRC event wins but none in Argentina. “Definitely there will be some cleaning to do [as he runs first on the road on the gravel stages ahead], but I want to win it but no more than any other rally.”

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Series WRC
Event Rally Argentina
Drivers Kris Meeke , Jari-Matti Latvala , Dani Sordo , Andreas Mikkelsen , Sébastien Ogier
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport , Citroën World Rally Team , Hyundai Motorsport
Article type Stage report