Loeb takes opening stage in Rally Argentina

Sebastien Loeb has taken the opening stage in Argentina

Sebastien Loeb’s bid to win Rally Argentina for the sixth time has got off to the perfect start after the Citroen DS3 WRC star went fastest on the opening stage, the Super Special Carlos Paz.

Using a spectacular, undulating route in the hills above the rally’s host town, the action thrilled the tens of thousands of fans who flocked to witness the opening exchanges on round six of the World Rally Championship as drivers battled in pairs over the gravel test.

“It’s only the start, there’s a long way to go over three days and one second is nothing,” said Loeb.

“But I’m happy for the start and we will see tomorrow what we can do. The stage was very nice for a super stage.”

Petter Solberg (Citroen) was next quickest followed by another DS3 driven by Sebastien Ogier and the Ford Fiesta of Jari-Matti Latvala.

The opening leg includes another six timed stages covering just under 160 competitive kilometres including the famous El Condor stage.

SS1 Results : Rally Argentina

Pos Driver Car Model Time
1 Sebastien Loeb Citroen DS3 WRC 2:25.9
2 Petter Solberg Citroen DS3 WRC +0:00.9
3 Sebastien Ogier Citroen DS3 WRC +0:01.0
4 Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Fiesta WRC +0:01.5
5 Mikko Hirvonen Ford Fiesta WRC +0:01.7
6 Federico Villagra Ford Fiesta WRC +0:07.2
7 Matthew Wilson Ford Fiesta WRC +0:07.4
8 Mads Østberg Ford Fiesta WRC +0:08.4
9 Ken Block Ford Fiesta WRC +0:09.2
10 Yuriy Protasov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +0:09.8

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