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Sebastien Ogier Holds Onto His Position In Argentina
Posted by: newsla on May 11, 2014 - 05:04 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Sebastien Ogier Holds Onto His Position In Argentina


In foggy conditions in the Calamuchita Valley, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia managed to hold onto second place at Rally Argentina today. Ahead of tomorrow's final leg, the French driver and co-driver trail their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila by around thirty seconds.

 

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At the start of day two, the world champion made no secret of his intention to put the leader under pressure. As their scrap for the lead intensified, the gap to the third-placed driver was stretched by more than a minute in the space of just two stages. It was impossible, however, to split the two crews during the first runs on these very rocky roads.

At the mid-day point, the no.1 Polo driver was 21.2s behind and was not about to give up, remaining determined to keep fighting. The afternoon did not, however, turn out as he had hoped. After losing a few seconds with a spin, Seb then had to contend with the tread on one of the tyres suddenly flying off.

“We did everything we could to close the gap, but Jari-Matti put in a strong performance and did a fantastic job,” emphasized Seb. “And unfortunately, things didn’t go all that well for us. The tread of one of our tyres came off during the eighth stage and the bits of rubber that went flying then damaged our fender. We will be looking into how that could have happened. Shortly before that, I also span the car, which cost us some time.”

Now some 31.2s behind Latvala, Sébastien Ogier heads into tomorrow’s final leg with a degree of caution, aware that second place will secure him precious points for the world championship. The Frenchman retains his competitive spirit, however, and will be ready to pounce should the slightest opportunity present itself.

“All is not yet lost,” warned the Volkswagen driver. “Anything could still happen tomorrow, with the conditions here being so tough. Ultimately, even second place in Argentina would be a good result for me and Julien as we compete to win the WRC.”

After driving through the rally’s lowest point (620m on Amboy/Yacanto), the course will reach its maximum altitude tomorrow (2,138m above sea level) on the famous El Cóndor stage. The stage will be run twice, as will Mina Clavero, making up a total of 76km of timed sections on this final day of racing.

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