Neuville tops Stage 1 in Argentina WRC round
Thierry Neuville stopped the clocks with the best time in Stage 1 of Rally Argentina in Villa Carlos Paz.
Neuville set a time of 1:54.4s on the 1.90km Super Special, putting the Hyundai driver 0.3s clear of Toyota Gazoo’s Ott Tanak.
Sebastien Ogier was last car out by virtue of being championship leader and set a time good enough for third-fastest in the #1 M-Sport Ford.
Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) had held top spot prior to that trio’s efforts despite a messy run through the stage’s two roundabouts and ended up fourth.
Kris Meeke (Citroen) rounds out the top five, ahead of Esapekka Lappi (Toyota Gazoo), Teemu Suninen (M-Sport Ford), Dani Sordo (Hyundai), Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota), and Elfyn Evans (M-Sport Ford).
Craig Breen was actually 10th-fastest through SS1 but was hit with a 10-second penalty for a late check-out from parc ferme which dropped the Citroen driver to 24th overall.
Fellow Citroen WRC runner Khalid Al Qassimi sits 15th.
Day 2 starts tonight at 2113 AEDT with two loops of the Las Bajadas/Villa Del Dique (16.65km), Amboy/Yacanto (33.58km) and Santa Rosa/San Agustin (23.85km) stages either side of the Fernet Branca Super Special.
Rally Argentina: After Special Stage 1 (Top 10)
|1||5||Thierry Neuville||BEL||Hyundai||i20 WRC||1:54.4|
|2||8||Ott Tanak||EST||Toyota Gazoo||Yaris WRC||+0.3|
|3||1||Sebastien Ogier||FRA||M-Sport Ford||Fiesta WRC||+0.4|
|4||4||Andreas Mikkelsen||NOR||Hyundai||i20 WRC||+0.5|
|5||10||Kris Meeke||GBR||Citroen||C3 WRC||+0.7|
|6||9||Esapekka Lappi||FIN||Toyota Gazoo||Yaris WRC||+1.3|
|7||3||Teemu Suninen||FIN||M-Sport Ford||Fiesta WRC||+1.4|
|8||6||Dani Sordo||ESP||Hyundai||i20 WRC||+1.5|
|9||7||Jari-Matti Latvala||FIN||Toyota Gazoo||Yaris WRC||+1.6|
|10||2||Elfyn Evans||GBR||M-Sport Ford||Fiesta WRC||+2.2|