Sebastien Loeb overcame a one-minute time penalty and a deficit of almost 50s starting the final day of the rally to claim an unlikely victory. Then Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier had looked set to secure top honours but, with four stages remaining, he rolled. Although he managed to keep his lead, damage to his DS3 WRC was such that he couldn’t hold on and he eventually slipped to third behind Loeb and Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen. Jari-Matti Latvala excelled on the Tarmac stages but his shot at victory was wrecked by suspension failure. Petter Solberg was also in contention for winning until power steering failure left him distraught and down in fourth position in the final classification. Federico Villagra was the leading local driver in sixth position.
Did you know?
This year’s Philips Rally Argentina is big on endurance and the Matadero-Ambul stage, run twice on Sunday’s final day, is the longest of the WRC season at 65.74 kilometres. Indeed, with a competitive distance of more than 500 kilometres, Rally Argentina is the longest event in the world championship since the Safari Rally in Kenya in 2002.
Michelin will supply its Latitude Cross tyre in a hard compound plus an emergency supply of the soft compound version in the event of wet and muddy conditions. DMACK is nominated its soft compound DMG+ cover with the hard version forming its emergency option.