DMACK racer Elfyn Evans has consolidated its position at the end of day section of the Friday at Rally Argentina, having come off the nearest competitor by 52.8 seconds.
During the day the Welshman sensationally won six of the nine special stages, while many leaders, including current world champion Sebastien Ogier, or are faced with technical problems, or made costly mistakes.
“A very good day, our entire team can be pleased, commented Evans his speech on Friday. But there’s still a large distance and difficult to have, even in Sunday. You just need to continue in the same spirit.”
The only one who loses less than the minutes last year’s bronze prize-winner of WRC2, is Mads Ostberg, conducting only his second stage in the season 2017 driving a private car Ford Fiesta. In this case the Norwegian is under pressure from the winner of the previous stage in France, Thierry Neuville from the Hyundai factory team, who is ahead by just five seconds.
On the morning of the section’s main rival Evans was the Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala, the Finn was unlucky – first he had to lose pace due to overheating of the engine, and then he lost another half a minute due to a puncture and resulting in dropped to sixth place.
“A very difficult day section, but we do not give up and will continue to fight,” said Latvala after completing the final stage Friday.
The overall leader Sebastien Ogier, despite an uncomfortable first position in the start list, and departures from the road on SS1 and SUPER 8, remains among the contenders for the podium. Four-time world champion in the course of the day section has risen from fifth to fourth place and losing only about six seconds to Neuville.
“I’m glad that this difficult day has ended,’ said Sebastien. Tomorrow I will have a more comfortable starting position, and I will not have to clean the track.”
Partner Ogier and M-Sport’s Ott Tanak who lost time because of a puncture at the end of the day, rounded out the top five.
Hayden Paddon after departure from the road in the morning takes only the seventh place, losing three minutes to the leader. However, in the course of the day section, the new Zealander was able to celebrate victory on SUPER 8 and in the previous stage showed the same time with Evans.
In the Citroen after the double blow of vanishing Craig Breen due to the failure of the gearbox and crash Chris Mika on Saturday counting on the return of their riders on the system “Rally 2”. However, both will lose 40 minutes to the leaders and you could expect to score on the bonus stage on Sunday.
On Saturday participants of Rally Argentina are waiting for six special stages with a total length of 160 km.
|1.||Elfyn Evans||M-Sport World Rally Team||1:24.55,4|
|2.||Mads Ostberg||M-Sport World Rally Team||+55,7|
|3.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai Motorsport||+1.00,7|
|4.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport World Rally Team||+1.06,7|
|5.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport World Rally Team||+1.11,3|
|6.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||+1.29,9|
|7.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai Motorsport||+3.41,8|
|8.||Lorenzo Bertelli||M-Sport World Rally Team||+4.13,9|
|9.||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||+4.48,6|
|10.||Pontus Of Tidemand||Skoda Motorsport||+6.32,3|
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