YPF Rally Argentina

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Sat 14:03 - Argentina after SS13
1.Evans 2h20m26.7, 2.Neuville +45.5s, 3.Tanak +53.9s, 4.Østberg +1m01.7s, 5.Ogier +1m09.6s Tanak up to 3rd

Sat 14:01 - SS13: WRC 2 Tidemand
"It felt quite nice in here. The grip is also good now. I'm enjoying my driving."

Sat 13:57 - SS13: Meeke
Third quickest here. "Just enjoying the afternoon."

Sat 13:56 - SS13: Evans
Third quickest, quicker than Neuville, and his car's rear bumper is hanging loose. Evans has no explanation. "Nothing happened. It's not so bad. We heard a noise - it sounded like the exhaust had gone."

Sat 13:53 - SS13: Ostberg
11.9sec off the pace and Mads loses third place to Tanak. "I tried to be a more careful through the water to not lose the aero or fill the car with water. I slowed too much. You can't afford to do that when everybody else is going through flat out."

Sat 13:50 - SS13: Neuville
Third quickest - 4.6sec slower than the chasing Tanak. "I tried to do well. I had a broken gearbox earlier and the team fitted a new one in service so I have a new diff in the front and I have to get used to it. I also had a long brake pedal in here."

Sat 13:46 - SS13: Ogier
Another Fiesta driver on a mission, Seb completes 1.2sec slower than Tanak. "A good stage. The car feels better so hopefully we can have some better times in the afternoon." What did his team change in service? "I think the whole rear of the car."

Sat 13:44 - SS13: Tanak
Another quickest time and Tanak is on a mission to catch Ostberg ahead. "I hope we have the car working well now. In here it was behaving very nicely. On these nice, smooth roads it's all about driving - I enjoyed that."

Sat 13:41 - SS13: Latvala
Quickest by 4sec from Paddon. "I have a good feeling with the car, and that gave me confidence. My tyre choice of hards on the front and softs at the rear worked out well."

Sat 13:37 - SS13: Paddon
A huge push from the Kiwi secures him fastest time so far - 11.2sec quicker than Sordo. "It would be nice to go faster - the rev limiter comes in a bit early. I enjoyed it. Good fun."

Sat 13:34 - SS13: Bertelli
Another clean run. 18.3sec off Sordo's pace.

Sat 13:33 - SS13: Haninen
Seven seconds slower than Sordo. Juho weaves his Toyota back and forth on the road before the stop control. Problem? "I don't know. The car is pulling at the rear. I hope it's a puncture. We need to go and have a look."

Sat 13:29 - SS13: Sordo
He completes in 11m08.5s and there's a grin on his face. "Two big moments in the stage - two times I was like... Aye Aye Aye!

Sat 13:27 - SS13: Sordo
A very hairy moment approaching the finish, extremely wide on a fast right-hand corner then bumped bank onto the line by a bank.

Sat 13:23 - SS13: Sordo
Approaching the end of the stage now on the long, flat-out straight. His car sitting at 190kph.

Sat 13:19 - Watch SS13 LIVE
This is one of our live streaming stages. Head to wrcplus.com for more details.

Sat 13:15 - SS13: LIVE
Albeit running with a small delay. Sordo's actual start time: 1315hrs

Sat 12:01 - Next stage: 1308hrs
That's Sordo's start time for the repeat of Tanti-Villa Bustos - run earlier today as SS10. We'll take a break from our live text until then.

Sat 11:43 - Up next: Service
Crews are arriving back in Villa Carlos Paz for the midpoint 30-minute service.

Sat 11:42 - Argentina WRC2 after SS12
1.Tidemand 2h20m12.6, 2.Alonso +7m12.3s, 3.Heller +8m30.7s, 4.Guerra +42m37.5s, 5.Saba +49.11.5s

Sat 11:38 - Argentina after SS12
1.Evans 2h09m35.6, 2.Neuville +44.1s, 3.Østberg +53.0s, 4.Tanak +57.1s, 5.Ogier +1m11.6s

Sat 11:34 - SS12: WRC 2 Tidemand
Pontus fans relax - his car's mystery noise is sorted. "The car is okay, it was just a piece of plastic [under the car]. We are enjoying the stages."

Sat 11:31 - SS12: Evans
The Welshman explains his time loss on the last two stage. "A slow puncture in the long stage, then on this one we went wide in a corner near the end - I got a bit lost in the notes - and picked up a rear puncture."

Sat 11:24 - SS12: Ostberg
"The handbrake and everything is working now, but without the rear diffuser I'm losing time on the faster sections. That cost me time on stage 11. This last one was more twisty so not so bad." Ostberg's team have appealed to fans to return the diffuser if they find it.

Sat 11:20 - SS12: Neuville
"A good morning. We drove pretty well - quite a push. We are fighting for a podium position. It will be tricky to catch Evans, my focus is on keeping the other guys behind - especially Ogier."

Sat 11:17 - SS12: Ogier
Seventh quickest on stage and Seb explains why he has been off the pace this morning: "There is something wrong. The car has been undriveable all morning. For sure something is broken." He heads to service in fifth place 1m16.6sec off Evans' lead.

Sat 11:11 - SS12: Tanak
"The long one [SS11] was long and fast. This one was more tight and twisty, we had a spin at the beginning and another later on."

Sat 11:10 - SS12: Latvala
"I softened the rear a bit and it helped us here. We are still missing something with the turning-in of the car. If I can get that sorted we can improve."

Sat 11:08 - SS12: Evans
Only seventh-fastest here, 12.9sec off Ostberg's leading time. Even considering his lead margin - now 44.1sec - that's slower than we would expect.

Sat 11:05 - SS12: Ostberg
Quickest of the nine cars through so far - a strong response following his earlier problems.

Sat 11:03 - SS12: Hanninen
"We have similar power loss like yesterday. We are not sure why but I'm sure the boys can fix it now in service."

Sat 11:00 - SS12: Times
Seven cars through. Tanak quickest. His team-mate Ogier is 11.8sec slower. Seb reported wayward handling on the previous stage.

Sat 10:58 - SS12: Sordo
"Difficult day for us first on the road. A lot of gravel on the surface. The long stage was really nice, the last one was okay. A lot of spectators."

Sat 10:51 - SS12: Splits watch
A slow opening split from the Frenchman. At the 6.7km point he is 7.9sec slower than his team-mate Tanak.

Sat 10:45 - SS12: Times
Sordo quickest of the three drivers through so far. Hanninen, with his engine problem, is slowest +49.4. We will report driver quotes when we make contact.

Sat 10:37 - SS11: WRC 2 Update
Heller loses almost four minutes and drops from second to third. Alonso moves up to second, 6m50s adrift of category leader Tidemand. Saba stops.

Sat 10:30 - Stage info: SS12
Boca del Arroyo - Bajo del Pungo 1, 20.52km This stage was driven competitively last year after much of it had been used as a liaison section previously. The major hazards are concrete gutters which cross the road, allowing water to flow over the track without washing the surface away. There are 11 in total and nine in just one single 2.5km section! There is plenty to hit on the road sides and anyone running wide could be punished hard.

Sat 10:30 - SS12: LIVE
Sordo began the stage at 1025hrs

Sat 10:20 - Argentina after SS11
1.Evans 1h56m03.4, 2.Neuville +55.9s, 3.Østberg +1m05.9s, 4.Tanak +1m09.3s, 5.Ogier +1m12.0s

Sat 10:18 - SS11: Evans
The rally leader slots fifth-quickest, 5.6sec off the pace of stage winner Neuville.

Sat 10:16 - SS11: Stage times
Ongoing communications difficulties on this stage. Neuville is fastest of the nine drivers through with Tanak second quickest. Ostberg is 7.2sec off the pace and that puts his third place in danger from Tanak - the Estonian now 3.4sec adrift.

Sat 10:07 - SS11: Tidemand
WRC TV crew reports that Tidemand hit something on a left-hand corner 1km from start. There is something hanging from the car now

Sat 10:05 - SS11: Latvala
Second quickest but lacking confidence. "The beginning started well but the end wasn't so good. I crashed here last year and didn't see the end of the stage."

Sat 10:01 - SS11: Stage times
No splits or no end of stage quotes so far - but we do have stage times. Paddon quickest of the four cars through so far. Sordo 21.8, Hanninen 52.2s, Bertelli 1m04.2s. Hanninen reports the same engine problem that affected him on Friday.

Sat 09:50 - SS11: Splits
None showing on this stage. This is a communications issue - nothing to be alarmed about.

Sat 09:32 - SS11: LIVE
Sordo's start time: 0930hrs. Rally itinerary running 13min late.

Sat 09:26 - SS11: Delayed
More info when we get it

Sat 09:13 - Stage info: SS11
Los Gigantes - Cantera El Condor 1, 38.68km. Los Gigantes has previously hosted the Dakar Rally. It covers barren and remote territory as it peaks at 1912 metres after 12.40km of climbing from the start on bumpy, sandy and twisty roads. After reaching the top, the stage becomes fast and flowing on a clay surface, with few reference points in the wide open environment. There are plenty of cows, horses and sheep roaming the hills and fog is a distinct possibility.

Sat 09:13 - Up next: SS11
The stage from Los Gigantes to Cantera El Condor is due to go live at 0921hrs. Stage notes coming up.

Sat 09:11 - Argentina WRC2 after SS10
1.Tidemand 1h43m39.9, 2.Heller +4m33.1s, 3.Alonso +5m35.1s, 4.Saba +37m23.7s, 5.Ptaszek +42.02.8s

Sat 09:09 - SS10: Fabio Frisiero
"Steering problem. I don't know if I can carry on."

Sat 09:08 - Argentina after SS10
1.Evans 1h35m55.6, 2.Neuville +1m01.5s, 3.Østberg +1m04.3s, 4.Ogier +1m12.5s, 5.Tanak +1m14.0s Neuville up to 2nd.

Sat 09:06 - SS10: WRC 2 Guerra
Quickest WRC 2 driver on stage. "A good time - I feel it's okay. Yesterday a [wheel] bearing took us out of the rally. It wasn't my fault. I hope for a better day today."

Sat 09:04 - SS10: WRC 2 Ptaszek
Returning today after his Friday retirement. Quickest so far, despite a right-rear puncture. "We probably his something but I'm not sure where."

Sat 09:02 - SS10: Heller/Alonso/Saba
All safely though with no dramas

Sat 08:58 - SS10: WRC 2 Tidemand
His car looks okay, but Pontus is hearing a worrying noise. "Something got loose under the car after the water splash. We need to stop and have a look. Hopefully just a piece of loose plastic."

Sat 08:55 - SS10: Meeke
Back after his violent roll on Friday. "Mechanically, the car was quite fine, it was mainly cosmetic, but the job the guys did was incredible. Okay, it's hard to get the confidence again after the fright yesterday. We continue and we learn."

Sat 08:53 - SS10: Evans
The rally leader quickest again and Evans' margin at the top is now more than a minute. "Pretty dodgy at the start when I felt the grip was low. After that the speed and commitment improved. Okay but I could have done better in a few places."

Sat 08:50 - SS10: Ostberg
7.8sec slower than Neuville here and Mads loses second place to the Belgian. Ostberg's car is missing a section of its rear spoiler and and that's not the only problem: "Many things happened in there - we have a hydraulic problem - no centre-diff or handbrake - then in a water-splash the water coated the inside of the windscreen. We had to use the heated screen to try and dry it up."

Sat 08:45 - SS10: Neuville
Quickest so far, despite a left-rear tyre pushed off the rim. "I was too fast for a corner, I couldn't see the apex because of the sun, missed the braking and hit a bank. We were lucky to get away only with a puncture." Enough to steal second place from Ostberg?

Sat 08:41 - SS10: Ogier
3.1sec off the pace of his team-mate Tanak. "This wasn't really a good stage for me. I had to brake for a dog in the road, then I almost spun in a water-splash. Just bad luck."

Sat 08:39 - SS10: Tanak
Quickest so far but local TV shows some enormous slides from Ott's Fiesta. At the finish he seems agitated. "We stalled the engine on the start line, I don't understand it. Not a nice way to start a stage like this. I gave it a bigger push than normal let's say."

Sat 08:35 - SS10: Latvala
Jari-Matti quickest so far as he fights to move up from sixth. "For sure we are in a bit of competition now. I tried to push here - but it was difficult with the sun in my eyes."

Sat 08:33 - SS10: Paddon
"We're going to be patient. There's nothing we can do to catch the guys ahead. We're checking the notes, trying a few set-up changes for Portugal, then maybe we'll have more of a push this afternoon."

Sat 08:33 - Breen update
Huge disappointment for Craig. The team cannot fix the oil leak and have retired the Irishman's car for the second day.

Sat 08:29 - SS10: Bertelli
"I was cautious here. The sun is so bright I was completely blinded in sixth gear flat-out a nice stage. Otherwise okay."

Sat 08:25 - SS10: Hanninen
"A really nice stage but tricky to see in places with the position of the sun."

Sat 08:24 - SS10: Sordo
Cleanly through in 11m18.4s - but no easy ride from first on the road. "Difficult. The beginning was very narrow with a lot of crests and a lot of gravel. The end was faster. We can't do much today. We just try to keep pushing and get to the end."

Sat 08:13 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Sat 08:11 - Stage info: SS10
Tanti - Villa Bustos 1, 20.80km. This well-known test has been reversed for 2017. It starts in the middle on Tanti on asphalt before twisting uphill and crossing several water splashes. The second part is faster with some big corners that demand bravery. It is rough initially but becomes smoother as the roads widen towards the finish.

Sat 08:10 - SS10: LIVE
WRC+ Live tracking shows Sordo underway. His start time: 0809hrs, so that's a five minute delay. Stage notes coming up.

Sat 08:08 - Craig Breen
The Rally 2 restarter is late to leave service. Technicians are trying to cure a fluid leak. After his retirement yesterday a few minutes here won't make a big difference.

Sat 08:06 - SS10: Delayed
Today's opening Tanti - Villa Bustos stage was due to get underway at 0804hrs. More news when we get it.

Sat 08:04 - Tyre choices
All Michelin drivers have opted to take five soft-compound LTX Force tyres for the morning loop.

Sat 08:04 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Sat 08:03 - Time zones
A reminder that all times quoted here are local. That's (UTC -3)

Sat 08:03 - Start intervals
In a change from Friday, World Rally Car drivers will start at three-minute intervals today. For WRC 2 drivers the gap is two minutes.

Sat 08:02 - Saturday's start order
All change. The World Rally Car runners are in reverse rally classification order today followed by Rally 2 restarters. Here's how they will line up: 1. Sordo, 2. Hanninen, 3. Bertelli, 4. Paddon, 5. Latvala, 6. Tänak, 7. Ogier, 8. Neuville, 9. Østberg, 10. Evans, 11. Breen, 13. Meeke.

Sat 08:02 - Weather
Like yesterday we have clear skies, bright sunshine and another beautiful day in prospect. Currently 11˚C in the service park, the temperature should hit 26˚C this afternoon. No rain expected.

Sat 08:02 - Saturday's itinerary
Competitors journey north-west of the rally base of Villa Carlos Paz on Saturday for the longest leg of the event amid stunning pampas scenery. They face two identical loops of three stages covering 160km.

Sat 08:01 - Welcome back
To our live text coverage of YPF Rally Argentina.

Fri 20:04 - Service Park TV
And don't forget you can watch the teams re-prep the cars in service via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE. Bye for now.

Fri 20:03 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for our wrap up reports and latest WRC news from Argentina. You can also check out WRC+ for our full collection of Rally Argentina programmes.

Fri 20:03 - We will return
On Saturday to bring you coverage of the rally's second full day. We'll be here from 0804hrs (local) when the opening stage gets underway.

Fri 20:00 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text coverage of YPF Rally Argentina for tonight

Fri 19:58 - Argentina WRC2 after SS9
1.Tidemand 1h31m27.7, 2.Heller +4m30.7s, 3.Alonso +5m22.3s

Fri 19:52 - SS19: Tidemand vs Heller
Tidemand moves another 11.3sec clear of Heller on this stage, and the Swede ends the day with WRC 2 lead of 4m30.7sec. "Very good. I'm happy with my day, no problems. I'm glad to be here."

Fri 19:45 - Argentina after SS9
1.Evans 1h24m55.4, 2.Østberg +55.7s, 3.Neuville +1m00.7s, 4.Ogier +1h06.7s, 5.Tanak +1m11.3s

Fri 19:43 - SS9: Ostberg vs Bertelli
Ostberg the comfortable winner of this heat to secure second place overnight. "We push and push. A tough fight and still a long way to go but we are ready to fight," he says.

Fri 19:38 - SS9: Hanninen vs Evans
No surprise that rally leader Evans comes out on top in this duel - but he's 1.9sec shy of Neuville's fastest stage time so far. "A really positive day. We can be happy for the whole team. A very long way to go and even Sunday is tough. We have to just carry on in the morning like today didn't happen," says Evans. Hanninen says: "Some issues in the morning then in the afternoon I was a bit too careful with the pace notes. Tomorrow is a new day."

Fri 19:30 - SS9: Sordo vs Paddon
Sordo comes out on top in this intra-team battle. Paddon says: "A tough day but there's still a long way to go. We won a couple of stages this afternoon so we showed the speed is there. We just need to put it together tomorrow."

Fri 19:23 - SS9: Neuville vs Tanak
Neuville wins the heat in the fastest time so far. "I'm feeling good. A shame about the puncture, otherwise we would be in second. Still, we have caught back a lot of time and my mechanics did a great job too." Tanak is 4.1sec slower. "Other than the puncture all okay. Tomorrow's stages should suit me."

Fri 19:17 - SS9: Latvala vs Ogier
Latvala wins the heat by 1.5sec. "It's been a difficult afternoon, but we never give up and keep fighting. Tomorrow is another day." he says. Ogier says: "I'm happy to reach the end of a tough day. Tomorrow I will have a better start position and won't have to clean the road."

Fri 19:09 - SS9: LIVE
Latvala and Ogier are on stage!

Fri 17:48 - Watch SS9 LIVE
WRC+ subscribers can follow the action live. Find more details at wrcplus.com

Fri 17:43 - SS9 schedule
Cars will refuel and be held in a regroup before the stage goes live. Ogier will be first on stage at 1908hrs local (UTC -3)

Fri 17:42 - One more to go...
Friday's itinerary ends with a second visit to the Super Especial Fernet Branca in Villa Carlos Paz.

Fri 17:39 - Argentina WRC2 after SS8
1.Tidemand 1h26m25.4, 2.Heller +4m19.4s, 3.Alonso +5m07.9s

Fri 17:38 - Argentina after SS8
1.Evans 1h20m04.1, 2.Østberg +52.8s, 3.Neuville +1m02.6s, 4.Ogier +1h07.2s, 5.Tanak +1m09.1s

Fri 17:34 - SS8: WRC 2 Alonso
"In that stage we we completely out of tyres at the rear - a mistake from me but it's okay. I really enjoyed the day, it's been wonderful."

Fri 17:28 - SS8: WRC 2 Heller
"Good. We are learning. We have met our goals for the day."

Fri 17:27 - SS8: WRC 2 Tidemand
Safely through for the WRC 2 leader. "Happy. The car is working well. Jonas and the team are doing a good job. It's not easy to be here in this position but I'm focused on my driving and just doing my thing. A long way to go and I need to concentrate, keep the focus and make the most of the experience."

Fri 17:23 - SS8: Bertelli
"Not a good stage for me, a lot of understeer. Still, better than last year."

Fri 17:22 - SS8: Ostberg
Fifth quickest here keeps him second overall - 52.8sec off Evans' lead. "I struggled a bit in here with the brakes. The pedal went really long. In a couple of places I almost couldn't stop the car. That's not so nice for your concentration and I made a couple of stupid mistakes."

Fri 17:17 - SS8: Evans
Four seconds slower than Paddon here. "He's going well. We tried to keep it clean. Quite loose in places and the grip wasn't massively consistent. Overall pretty good."

Fri 17:15 - SS8: Paddon
Another rapid time from Hayden - quickest so far. "It's feeling much better this afternoon. The stages are starting to feel more normal. I'm feeling a bit more at home and I enjoy tomorrow's stages. Okay, there's a long way to go, and anything can happen. It's not over til the fat lady sings."

Fri 17:11 - SS8: Sordo
"We caught a lot of dust from the car ahead and we stalled in a corner."

Fri 17:11 - SS8: Tanak
Front-right puncture. "I got it 10km before the end. The Michelins are good - 10km on a flat tyre and it never came off the rim. I was able to drive okay - I must say we were quite lucky."

Fri 17:08 - SS8: Neuville
Quickest so far. "I had to take it smooth to protect the rear tyres."

Fri 17:07 - SS8: Latvala
Right-rear puncture - the tyre reduced to a few shredded strips of rubber. "It happened 6km in. I was avoiding a rock when I went wide and put the tyre off the rim. We lost 30sec so it was better to carry on than stop and change."

Fri 17:05 - SS8: Ogier
He's straight out of the car to check the front of his Fiesta. "I hit a big rock just after a crest, I couldn't avoid it. I had bent steering to finish the stage. I pushed like hell. I couldn't do any more - the road is so loose."

Fri 16:53 - All eyes on...
The fight for third. Latvala holds the position for now. Behind him, Tanak, Neuville and Ogier are all within 2.7sec.

Fri 16:51 - SS8: LIVE
The last proper stage of the day before the short Super Special.

Fri 16:49 - Argentina WRC2 after SS7
1.Tidemand 1h11m38.0, 2.Heller +3m36.5s, 3.Alonso +4m16.7s. Saba stops

Fri 16:43 - SS7: WRC 2 Heller
Second in class but more than 3min adrift of Tidemand. "The place doesn't matter. For me this is all about getting experience.'

Fri 16:39 - Argentina after SS7
1.Evans 1h06m21.1, 2.Ostberg +47.7s, 3.Latvala +56.9s, 4.Tanak +59.4s, 5.Neuville +59.5s

Fri 16:39 - SS7: WRC 2 Tidemand
Safely through and way in front in WRC 2. "All going to plan. The stage was nice, better than expected. I'm glad to be here."

Fri 16:35 - SS7: Ostberg
Mads takes second quickest here. "Quite okay. A few places could have been better but it's a tricky stage."

Fri 16:33 - SS7: Hanninen
Slowest time on the board so far, but Juho sounds more positive. "I'm starting to enjoy it a bit now. I can see so many places where I could be faster. The car is working really well now."

Fri 16:31 - SS7: Evans
Another stage win - this time shared with Paddon. "We didn't go silly, silly in there. On the last stage I thought perhaps we had done too much. Conditions were much better in here than in the previous one. The grip was good too. All good."

Fri 16:29 - SS7: Paddon
Quickest so far. "Not so much cleaning now, I think the road conditions are pretty even for this pass. It gave me more confidence."

Fri 16:26 - SS7: Sordo
"We had our problems on this stage last time, so there were some sections where we had not corrected our pace notes. Overall a better run."

Fri 16:24 - SS7: Tanak
Quickest so far. "The stage looks smoother and not so bad as before. In some places we tried harder, in others we were calm. It's better for me when the stages are like this."

Fri 16:24 - SS7: Neuville
His car is missing its rear bumper. "It was okay but I got some dust in my eyes and I struggled to see the road. I tried not to slow down and ruin the rhythm."

Fri 16:22 - SS7: Latvala
Six-tenths slower than Ogier here. "The engine overheating problem is solved. We fixed it on the road section. We managed to do a normal stage." He's not giving any more details.

Fri 16:20 - SS7: Ogier
First to complete. How was that? "It's difficult. I’m doing as much as I can. I am on the limit"

Fri 15:59 - Up next: SS7
Crews are waiting at the start control. Ogier's start time: 2005hrs

Fri 15:58 - Argentina WRC2 after SS6
1.Tidemand 1h00m19.1, 2.Heller +3m00.7s, 3.Alonso +3m30.2s, 4. Saba +16m18.5s

Fri 15:40 - Argentina after SS6
1.Evans 56m00.0, 2.Ostberg +47.6s, 3.Latvala +53.9s, 4.Ogier +58.2s, 5.Neuville +58.9s

Fri 15:36 - SS6: Ostberg
Third quickest here and Mads topples Latvala for second place. "Fantastic. A good stage. After such a long time out of the car we picked a good strategy before the rally - it's so nice when you pick a plan and it works. What was it? I will not say. It's a secret plan."

Fri 15:33 - SS6: Hanninen
His earlier engine problems seem to have been cured in service. "It's okay. I took it really safely in here - it is so rough."

Fri 15:31 - SS6: Evans
Quickest again - by 8.7sec from Neuville - and Elfyn's rally lead is up to 53.9sec. "It's going pretty well but it's rough out there and difficult to know if you are doing enough. Everything is okay. The tyres feel good, and the car seems to be working well."

Fri 15:29 - SS6: Paddon
Late leaving the pre-stage service, Paddon is sixth-fastest. "The guys have done a good job, fixed it up. We're just going to pick a comfortable pace, keep it neat and see what happens."

Fri 15:27 - SS6: Splits watch
A terrific opening split for Evans - 9.5sec quicker than stage leader Neuville to the 14km point. Behind him, Ostberg is rapid too.

Fri 15:25 - SS6: Sordo
"A bit more difficult than the morning. I didn't want to take risks to go faster. We have already broken things."

Fri 15:23 - SS6: Tanak
Third quickest. "You need to take risks if you want to go fast on this one. I had a clean run. A smart drive."

Fri 15:22 - SS6: Neuville
A big push from the Belgian costs his car both wing mirrors - but he goes quickest so far. "We had a very good stage but I was overheating in a couple of places - I had to manage the temperature a bit. Otherwise a good feeling."

Fri 15:20 - SS6: Latvala
7.3sec slower than Ogier and for good reason: "We have an engine temperature problem and I was in safe mode for a lot of the stage. A bit the same as Mexico. I'm not happy."

Fri 15:17 - SS6: Paddon
A minute late into stage. More details to follow.

Fri 15:17 - SS6: Ogier
He completes in 12m52.4s. "Not more rough than this morning but it's much more dry and loose. Hard for us to make a good time I guess."

Fri 15:08 - Weather update
Clear skies, bright sunshine and a temperature of 27˚C

Fri 15:05 - SS6: LIVE
And the regroup has absorbed the earlier time delay, so the rally is back on schedule.

Fri 13:43 - Next stage: 1502hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the second pass through San Agustin / Villa General Belgrano - run earlier as SS2. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 13:42 - Up next: Service
Crews have a 30-minute service break before the afternoon loop.

Fri 13:28 - Argentina WRC2 after SS5
1.Tidemand 46m39.6s, 2.Saba +1h42.3s, 3.Heller +2m28.0s, 4. Alonso +2m32.9s

Fri 13:24 - Service: Pontus Tidemand
Quickest WRC 2 driver through SS5, Pontus returns to service with a whopping 1m42s cushion over nearest rival Gustavo Saba. "A smooth morning, no dramas or mistakes. We are here and I am happy about this. Now we must keep focused to avoid any silly mistakes."

Fri 13:18 - Argentina after SS5
1.Evans 43m24.1, 2.Latvala +30.1s, 3.Ostberg +35.6s, 4.Tanak +39.8s, 5.Ogier +41.7s

Fri 13:15 - Service: Mads Ostberg
"It's been a good day - even though the conditions are horrendous in the stages. It's more about surviving than driving. But when you can push you really have to. It's so important to be able to switch your pace. Most things are working well. I'm happy."

Fri 13:12 - Service: Elfyn Evans
The rally leader reflects on his incredible run so far: "It's been a really positive morning, we can be happy with how it's gone. The question now is can I hold it. It will be tough for sure - a balance between pushing and trying to look after the car and tyres. We had a feeling that these rallies would come to our favour, the tyre development is paying off. On this rally the real work starts now - there's a long, long way to go. We're taking every stage as it comes and doing the best we can."

Fri 13:05 - SS5: Bertelli vs Ostberg
Ostberg wins this all-Fiesta duel. The Norwegian slots third fastest on stage.

Fri 13:03 - Service: Dani Sordo
"I'm really, really disappointed and sad. It went wrong on a right corner, very fast, we touched something on the inside with the steering open. There were lots of stones everywhere, it's very easy to do."

Fri 13:01 - SS5: Evans vs Hanninen
Another fastest time from Evans makes it four from four - a clean sweep of stage wins today. Hanninen is slowest so far 20.7sec adrift.

Fri 12:59 - Service: Jari-Matti Latvala
"Rougher than I expected. There were many times when the car was bottoming out on the sump guard. It's a bit like the Rally Acropolis used to be. It's the roughest event of the season. A lot can happen. You have to really focus and not push to the maximum all the time. I could push more but I have to balance that with the risk."

Fri 12:53 - SS5: Sordo vs Paddon
Sordo the winner here, 5.8sec ahead of his team-mate in his damaged Hyundai.

Fri 12:51 - Service: Sebastien Ogier
"Difficult. A tough Rally Argentina like we expected. It looks like a cross-country rally in places but we have to deal with that. On top of that I made a mistake which cost five or six seconds. After that we tried as hard as we could, but the cleaning effect was bad on some stages. We are fighting, but we have seen it's not just performance that counts here - you have to survive."

Fri 12:47 - Driver quotes
We will bring you comments when drivers arrive back in Villa Carlos Paz for Friday's midpoint service.

Fri 12:46 - SS5: Tanak vs Neuville
Neuville takes the heat win with a new fastest stage time: 4m45.7s

Fri 12:39 - SS5: Latvala vs Ogier
Ogier wins the heat by five-tenths and sets the early time to beat: 4m49.5s.

Fri 12:34 - Stage info: SS5
Super Especial Fernet Branca, 6.04km. The popular gravel super special stage at the theme park on the edge of Villa Carlos Paz is used in the same format as last year. Two cars at a time drive the twisty circuit which mixes fast corners with slower bends, and also has a jump and a crossover bridge. It’s always a big hit with the fans.

Fri 12:34 - SS5: LIVE
Ogier and Latvala the first pairing at 1232hrs.

Fri 12:33 - Meeke and Breen update
Not good news for Citroen fans. Both cars are out of today's competition. Breen is forced out by a broken gearbox, Meeke because of the extensive damage his car sustained in SS4. Citroen hopes to get both running again tomorrow.

Fri 12:29 - Welcome back
Crews lining up for the Super Special

Fri 11:39 - Up next: SS5
The Super Especial Fernet Branca is due to go live at 1229hrs. We'll pause our live text service until then.

Fri 11:30 - Argentina WRC2 after SS4
1.Tidemand 41m43.7s, 2.Saba +1h40.4s, 3.Heller +2m15.0s, 4. Alonso +2m20.6s. Ptaszek and Guerra stop

Fri 11:25 - SS4: WRC 2 Alonso
"Fourth position now? That's good for us. We need to understand more about this car but we are very happy so far."

Fri 11:21 - SS4: WRC 2 Saba
Up to second in WRC 2 after the problems for Ptaszek and Guerra. "We had problems today driving in dust from the car ahead. In this stage there were many stones - the road is destroyed I think."

Fri 11:16 - SS4: WRC 2 Heller
"How was it? Rough, rough and rough. We are learning all the time."

Fri 11:15 - Argentina after SS4
1.Evans 38m40.6, 2.Latvala +23.6s, 3.Ostberg +32.2s, 4.Tanak +33.4s, 5.Ogier +35.7s. Meeke crashes

Fri 11:13 - SS4: WRC 2 Tidemand
The class leader through in one piece while his rivals fall away. "Just keeping the focus and trying not to take risks. We are still here. A good start to the rally so far."

Fri 11:11 - SS4: Ptaszek
Another driver stopped in stage

Fri 11:10 - SS4: Gorban and Guerrra
Both stopped in stage

Fri 11:09 - SS4: Bertelli
"No problems and no issues. I'm happy because our times are much improved over last year." Bertelli sitting in 7th place.

Fri 11:07 - SS4: Ostberg
Fourth quickest. "Still trying to find my rhythm." The Norwegian now up to third.

Fri 11:06 - SS4: Hanninen
Eager to get back to service. "We still have an issue with the power."

Fri 11:05 - SS4: Meeke
His C3 reaches the finish in a terrible state - with a broken windscreen, extensive rear, front and side damage. "I got completely caught by surprise. A bump in the road just launched the car. It's difficult to drive but let's see if we can get it back."

Fri 11:02 - SS4: Evans
Quickest again for the rally leader. "Things are working quite well. We pushed on the stage before but I wasn't entirely comfortable here so I brought it back a bit. There's little margin for error so we wanted to drive carefully."

Fri 11:00 - SS4: Breen
Passed by Paddon in stage. "We were stuck in fifth gear after a massive compression."

Fri 10:59 - SS4: Paddon
"Kris is off the road and then we came across Craig [Breen] pushing his car in the middle of the road!"

Fri 10:58 - SS4: Meeke update
Moving again. Damage to the front and rear of his C3

Fri 10:53 - SS4: Meeke
WRC+ shows Kris stopped at the 12.7km point.

Fri 10:51 - SS4: Tanak
"Last year I broke the car on this stage so this time I was a bit more careful. The feeling is not great at the moment but we are here safely."

Fri 10:50 - SS4: Neuville
20sec slower than Latvala and he lost most of that in the second half. Thierry jumps out of the car for a general look around, then gets back in and leaves without saying a word. He reported a broken damper on the previous stage.

Fri 10:47 - SS4: Latvala
"We lost a section of the front bumper in a water splash earlier and I can feel that in the high- speed sections."

Fri 10:45 - SS4: Ogier
Seb completes in 13m56.4s. "This was always going to be a difficult stage for me. The road conditions are more loose. I expect to lose time." The split times seem to back this up.

Fri 10:35 - Argentina WRC 2 after SS3
1.Tidemand 27m02.7s, 2.Ptaszek +13.7s, 3.Guerra +1m01.4s, 4.Saba +1m07.0s, 5.Alonso +1m26.7s

Fri 10:34 - Stage info: SS4
Santa Rosa - San Agustin 1, 23.85km. It seems the whole of Argentina packs onto the high banking alongside the iconic watersplash 650 metres after the start, where Petter Solberg famously rolled in 1999. While this river crossing is relatively simple, the next at 1.4km is trickier and could cause issues due to its depth. It’s a fast, open stage on smooth sandy roads, although it becomes bumpier towards the finish.

Fri 10:33 - SS4: LIVE
Ogier began the stage at 1029hrs.

Fri 10:31 - SS3: WRC 2 Ptaszek
7.5sec off Tidemand's leading pace. "Pontus is so fast and I am happy to be so close. We have to be careful to look after the car. These roads are very rough."

Fri 10:29 - SS3: WRC 2 Heller
"The car stopped near the end. We reset all the switches and got going. We lost 20sec but we are fine and gaining experience with every kilometre."

Fri 10:27 - SS3: WRC 2 Guerra
"No good. I'm overheating the brakes. The same problem I had in Mexico."

Fri 10:26 - Argentina after SS3
1.Evans 24m55.8, 2.Meeke +8.7s, 3.Latvala +20.8s, 4.Ostberg +24.0s, 5.Ogier +24.1s. Sordo steering

Fri 10:25 - SS3: WRC 2 Tidemand
The Swede holds the lead of the WRC 2 category with a cautious approach. "It's been okay. Avoiding the rocks. Here with with no problems."

Fri 10:21 - SS3: Bertelli
"We had a big moment in the opening stage. It's taking me time to adjust to the conditions."

Fri 10:19 - SS3: Sordo
His mid-stage halt costs him 11min. What happened? "We hit a stone and broke a steering arm. We stopped to change it."

Fri 10:18 - SS3: Hanninen
Ongoing issues for Juho who completes more than a minute off the pace. Like Jari-Matti, Juho has lost the front splitter of his Yaris. "Still I don't know what the problem is. Some power loss. It's really difficult to say why."

Fri 10:15 - SS3: Evans
Another quickest time and Elfyn extends his rally lead to 8.7sec. "Okay, I tried to keep it tidy. I'm struggling a little with the balance of the car but the tyres are working well. A positive start."

Fri 10:13 - SS3: Paddon
Sixth-fastest so far. His car looks okay, but Paddon has a couple of issues to contend with. "We have a small suspension problem and the cooling fans are not working so we need to keep moving."

Fri 10:11 - SS3: Meeke
Quickest so far, four-tenths up on Tanak. "A very fast stage. I've only done this stage once before. No cleaning like on the previous stage so I'm pretty happy with my time."

Fri 10:09 - SS3: Breen
11.6sec off the pace and Breen is feeling his lack of event knowledge. "This is a stage that the other guys have done before. Okay, it's not terrible."

Fri 10:05 - SS3: Tanak
Quickest so far and much happier than he was after SS2. "I made a big change to the set-up and the car is completely different. Before there was not so much traction. This is a very good step."

Fri 10:03 - SS3: Sordo
WRC+ live tracking shows the Spaniard stopped at the 12.5km point.

Fri 10:02 - SS3: Neuville
7.3sec off the lead pace. "We have a broken front-right damper. I did the maximum I could."

Fri 10:01 - SS3: Latvala
Five-tenths slower than Ogier and his car has lost its front splitter. "We didn't hit anything," he says. "We went wide in one place but nothing significant. Quite hard conditions. It was rainy on the recce and now it's so dry it's like rock."

Fri 09:59 - SS3: Ogier
He's through in 10m25.9s. Split times show him quicker than Latvala and Neuville behind. "Really quick. Okay, the car is not perfect after the last stage but the car is very, very unstable. Missing some aero doesn't help but that's not all - we need to work on the suspension."

Fri 09:51 - Paddon update
A 'slow roll' on SS2 left his Hyundai with panel damage. He inspected the damage after the stage and is now en-route to SS3.

Fri 09:46 - Stage info: SS3
Amboy - Santa Monica 1, 20.44km. This famous stage is one of the rally’s highlights. It is blisteringly fast on mainly smooth and sandy roads. Even the tighter narrow sections are quick as they twist first one way and then the other as the road rises and falls on a bumpy surface. It ends with a spectacular flat-out blast via two sixth gear corners before jumping over the finish at a cattle grid.

Fri 09:45 - Up next: SS3
With the five-minute delay, Ogier is due to start at 1346hrs.

Fri 09:44 - Argentina WRC2 after SS2
1.Tidemand 15m45.5s, 2.Ptaszek +6.2s, 3.Guerra +27.3s, 4.Heller +33.5s, 5.Saba +40.6s

Fri 09:26 - Argentina after SS2
1.Evans 14m37.0, 2.Meeke +6.4s, 3.Sordo +6.9s, 4.Latvala +13.2s, 5.Neuville +15.1s. Paddon rolls.

Fri 09:24 - SS2: Ostberg
"Okay. A difficult stage and I struggled in there - but apparently everybody did. I don't think it's a bad time."

Fri 09:22 - SS2: Hanninen
Problems for the Finn who completes 45sec off the pace. What's wrong? "I don't know. We lost the power. We have to go and have a look."

Fri 09:19 - SS2: Evans
"Good, but to be fair there was some cleaning - that was clear to see. An okay run though. We will continue the pace - a good start."

Fri 09:18 - SS2: Ostberg
The Norwegian slots sixth-quickest. 15.3sec slower than stage leader Evans.

Fri 09:17 - SS2: Paddon update
He rolled but has brought the car to the stage finish. He has lost 2min41sec to the leaders.

Fri 09:15 - SS2: Meeke
"The only stage in the loop where we'll get some cleaning. A big moment on a big bump near the start - it just launched the car. Otherwise a good stage." Meeke's team-mate Craig Breen reports a similar incident.

Fri 09:13 - SS2: Evans
And now Evans! The Welshman a massive 4.6sec quicker than Meeke.

Fri 09:12 - SS2: Meeke
Kris becomes the new pace-setter - he's 2.3sec quicker than Sordo.

Fri 09:11 - SS2: Paddon
Moving again

Fri 09:10 - SS2: Sordo
"I'm happy with the stage but the road is rough and difficult for the cars - it will be hard on the second pass."

Fri 09:09 - SS2: Latvala
"It was completely wet on the recce but now it is dry - there is no damp. There were many fast compressions - a couple surprised me - they hit the sump guard hard. The road will clean a lot."

Fri 09:08 - SS2: Paddon
WRC live tracking shows his car stopped in stage. He is at the 14km point.

Fri 09:07 - SS2: Ogier
What happened? "A wrong pace note in a tight corner. I went straight on in a corner and into a ditch. I lost 5 or 6 seconds. The car looks okay."

Fri 09:05 - SS2: Tanak
16sec off the pace. Slowest of the five cars through so far.

Fri 09:04 - SS2: Sordo
Quickest so far, 5.1sec up on Latvala.

Fri 09:02 - SS2: Neuville
He completes 2.4sec slower than stage leader Latvala.

Fri 08:59 - SS2: Latvala
Safely through and 5.9sec quicker than Ogier. Again, quotes to follow.

Fri 08:58 - SS2: Ogier
He completes in a benchmark time of 13m00.2sec. Quotes to follow shortly but we are hearing he missed a junction and went off the road.

Fri 08:56 - SS2: Splits watch
By 14km, Latvala is 4.2sec quicker than Ogier and Neuville is ahead too. Problem for Ogier?

Fri 08:54 - SS2: Splits watch
Ogier, Latvala, Neuville, Tanak and Sordo have reached the 5.9km split point. Ogier is quickest.

Fri 08:44 - SS2: LIVE
Ogier left the line at 0848hrs. A five-minute delay.

Fri 08:40 - SS2: Delayed
Ogier's 0838hrs start time has come and gone. Ogier is still on the line. More news when we get it.

Fri 08:37 - Stage info: SS2
San Agustin - Villa General Belgrano 1, 19.95km. This test is new for many, as it hasn’t been tackled since 2008. A tough new 3.20km section has been added at the start, featuring wide roads but with large chunks of bedrock breaking the surface. It becomes technical and twisty until 12km, at which point it opens out and becomes smoother with fast crests and flowing corners. It is one of the rally’s most picturesque tests, with stunning views of the Calamuchita Valley.

Fri 08:32 - Live view
WRC+ Live tracking shows the cars at the pre-start control. Ogier's start time: 0838hrs. Stage notes coming up.

Fri 08:31 - Tyre choices
All Michelin drivers in the World Rally Car category have taken five soft-compound LTX Force tyres for the morning loop.

Fri 08:28 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Fri 08:28 - Time zones
A reminder that all times quoted on wrc.com are local. For Argentina that's (UTC -3)

Fri 08:28 - Start intervals
World Rally Car drivers will start at two-minute intervals. For WRC 2 drivers the gap is one minute.

Fri 08:27 - Friday's start order
Championship order today, which puts defending champ Sébastien Ogier through first. Here's how the World Rally Car runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Neuville, 4. Tanak, 5. Sordo, 6. Breen, 7. Meeke, 8. Paddon, 9. Evans, 10. Hanninen, 11. Ostberg, 12. Bertelli, 13. Gorban.

Fri 08:27 - Weather
Clear skies, sunny and there's a beautiful day in prospect. A fresh 11˚C in service now but the temperature should hit 22˚C this afternoon. No rain expected.

Fri 08:27 - Friday's itinerary
Drivers face identical morning and afternoon loops of three fast and sandy tests in the Calamuchita valley, split by a 30-minute service. Both loops end with a fan favourite super special stage on the edge of Villa Carlos Paz. The eight tests add up to 140.56km.

Fri 08:26 - Coming up today
After Thursday's Super Special in Cordoba, things get real today with the first full day of gravel stage competition.

Fri 08:26 - Welcome back
To our live text coverage of YPF Rally Argentina, round five of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Thu 20:21 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for our wrap up reports from Argentina and all the latest WRC news. And don't forget WRC+ for our full collection of Rally Argentina programmes. Bye for now.

Thu 20:20 - We will return
On Friday to bring you coverage of the rally's first full day. We'll be here from 0838hrs (local) when the opening San Agustin / Villa General Belgrano stage gets underway.

Thu 20:16 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text coverage of YPF Rally Argentina for tonight

Thu 20:15 - Argentina WRC2 after SS1
1.Tidemand 1h59.2s, 2.Guerra +2.0s, 3.Ptaszek +2.9s, 4.Heller +4.8s, 5.Alonso +7.8s

Thu 20:13 - Argentina after SS1
1.Ogier 1m53.8, =2.Evans +0.9s, =2.Sordo +0.9s, 4.Neuville +1.6s, 5.Latvala +2.1s

Thu 20:09 - SS1: Ogier
Quickest by nine-tenths! Ogier secures the overnight lead and gets his bid for a maiden Argentina win off to the best possible start. "Not so bad. I'm happy with my driving. I tried to push. The cars feels okay," he says.

Thu 20:07 - SS1: Latvala
Fastest at shakedown, Jari-Matti is fourth quickest so far here. "The feeling is good to start the rally. Maybe I could have been quicker in a few places but the performance of the car was good."

Thu 20:05 - SS1: Neuville
The winner of the previous round in Corsica slots his Hyundai third quickest. "I made a small mistake on the first corner and lost a few seconds. After that maybe I didn't push enough. Still, a good start."

Thu 20:00 - SS1: Meeke
Fifth-quickest, 1.8sec off the joint leaders, but Kris has a grin on his face. "A nice little stage here, to be honest. A steady run. No dramas."

Thu 19:57 - SS1: Tanak
Fifth-quickest. "We missed a junction here - it's not easy to see them in the dark."

Thu 19:55 - SS1: Sordo
Joint quickest so far with Elfyn Evans. "I can do a little bit better. No mistakes, but in a few places I just wasn't fast enough. Okay, I'm happy at the moment but there is a hard rally ahead."

Thu 19:52 - SS1: Breen
Fifth-fastest for the Irishman on his Argentina - and WRC long-haul - debut. How was it? "It felt pretty diabolical to be honest. I struggled to see where I was going in the dark. But hey, we got around with no mistakes. It all stats tomorrow."

Thu 19:49 - SS1: Paddon
Hayden - last year's winner here - slots third quickest so far. "I was trying to be clean and smooth here. I'm looking forward to the battle ahead. It will be maximum attack. I'm looking forward to getting out of bed in the morning."

Thu 19:47 - SS1: Evans
Quickest so far - his Fiesta scattering road-marker sand bags in its wake. "Yeah, a good clean run, no mistakes," he says. The Welshman's new time to beat: 1m54.7s

Thu 19:43 - SS1: Hanninen
1.4sec off Mads' pace and after an incident-filled start to the season reliability is the name of the game for Hanninen this weekend. "Nice stage - I took it a bit carefully."

Thu 19:40 - SS1: Ostberg
Back for the first time since Sweden, Mads thumps in a terrific time thanks to some brave kerb-riding cuts. He's quickest so far in 1m56.2. "It was okay. This one is not an easy stage. I was pushing the limit in the cuts but, hey, it's the shortest way."

Thu 19:35 - SS1: Gorban
Gorban slots sixth quickest after an overshoot and a few wide moments in the MINI.

Thu 19:34 - SS1: Bertelli
The first World Rally Car driver through, Lorenzo edges Tidemand by two-tenths. The new time to beat: 1m59.0s. "Slippery and not a very good stage for me. I had a problem at a junction. Okay, otherwise enjoyable - a cool stage. The real rally starts tomorrow."

Thu 19:30 - SS1: WRC 2 Tidemand
His Skoda looks immaculate after the roll at shakedown earlier today. He's comfortably quickest too - 2sec up on Guerra. "A lot of fun - I like stages like this. Not easy after just one pass on the recce though."

Thu 19:28 - SS1: WRC 2 Ptaszek
The Pole slots second quickest. "There is a huge weekend ahead. These stages are so fast and rough - it's a big challenge for the R5 car. I think we are ready!"

Thu 19:25 - SS1: WRC 2 Saba
A missed junction forces an impromptu donut and Saba completes 6.8sec slower than Guerra. "A big mistake. Okay, it causes us no problem but tomorrow I must be better."

Thu 19:21 - SS1: WRC 2 Guerra
Guerra alongside new co-driver Daniel Cue here. And it's a decent start - quickest so far. "A fantastic event - this was my first rally outside Mexico in 2007. I love the rally. This stage is really nice."

Thu 19:19 - SS1: WRC 2 Heller
The Chilean driver goes quickest so far. "I'm very excited. My co-driver is a local and there's a lot of support for us here. We pushed in there, touched a few sand bags, but we are very committed!"

Thu 19:16 - SS1: WRC 2 Alonso
A huge reaction from the crowd when the Argentinian take to the stage with his Skoda trailing his nation's flag. "A beautiful crowd in the stages - it's wonderful to have a rally like this in my country! This is my first time in the Skoda and it feels really good."

Thu 19:13 - SS1: Frisiero
Cleanly through and reporting the mixed asphalt / gravel surface very slippery. "It's difficult to judge the grip in the sandy sections. I'm happy to be here though!"

Thu 19:11 - SS1: LIVE
Italy's Fabio Frisiero is first in stage!

Thu 19:10 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the choices for tonight's stage. And it's very straightforward - all Michelin drivers have taken five soft-compound LTX Force tyres.

Thu 19:06 - Stage info: SS1
Super Especial Ciudad de Cordoba, 1.75km. A spectacular night-time mixed surface street stage in Cordoba city kicks off the YPF Rally Argentina action. First used 12 months ago and run in a modified format this year, it features several donuts at roundabouts and a jump to entertain large crowds.

Thu 19:05 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams and Emyr Penlan in the studio and Colin Clark reporting from the stage end. You'll fins a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Thu 19:04 - Time zones
A reminder that all times quoted here are local. That's (UTC -3)

Thu 19:04 - SS1 start order
WRC 2 crews will tackle tonight's stage first, with Bertelli - eighth in the start order - the first World Rally Car driver. Here's how the rest will line up: 9. Gorban, 10. Ostberg, 11. Hanninen, 12. Evans, 13. Paddon, 14. Breen, 15. Sordo, 16. Tanak, 17. Meeke, 18. Neuville, 19. Latvala, 20. Ogier.

Thu 19:03 - Weather
Winter is approaching here in the southern hemisphere but it has been a fine, bright and warm day in Villa Carlos Paz. After a high of 22˚C this afternoon, the temperature has dropped off after sunset (at 1843hrs) and it's now 16˚C. Clear skies overhead.

Thu 19:03 - Thursday's itinerary
Dead simple: From 1600hrs crews left service in Villa Carlos Paz for a 48km road trip to the stage in Cordoba. The stage starts at 1908hrs and after they have completed it crews will drive back to Villa Carlos Paz and the overnight Parc Fermé. No service tonight.

Thu 19:02 - Coming up tonight
We're gearing up for the rally's opening challenge - a short, sharp 'Super Especial' to kick things off before three days of competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thu 19:02 - We're LIVE
Tapping away at WRC mission control to bring you all the news from the stages of the WRC's South American classic.

Thu 19:02 - Good evening world
And welcome to our live text coverage of YPF Rally Argentina, round five of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship.

The 1,90 km SS1 starts 1908hrs local time Argentina (UTC -3). Watch it LIVE from 1900hrs on wrcplus.com!

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Spéciale Nom Longueur (km) Premiére voiture Status
Jour 1 - 27.04.2017
Jour 2 - 28.04.2017
TC1B Parc Ferme OUT / Service IN 07:00 COMPLETED
TC5B Regrouping OUT / Service IN 13:09 COMPLETED
TC9B Technical Zone OUT / Service IN 19:43 COMPLETED
Jour 3 - 29.04.2017
TC9D Parc Ferme OUT / Service IN 07:12 COMPLETED
TC12B Regrouping OUT / Service IN 12:01 COMPLETED
TC15B Technical Zone OUT / Service IN 20.52 17:04 TO RUN
Jour 4 - 30.04.2017
TC15D Parc Ferme OUT / Service IN 07:15 TO RUN
SS16 EL CONDOR - COPINA 16.32 09:13 TO RUN
SS18 Power Stage EL CONDOR 16.32 12:18 TO RUN
TC18B Techical Zone OUT / Service IN 16.32 13:41 TO RUN