YPF Rally Argentina

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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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