SS12: Ogier slashes Latvala’s lead

Citroen hero fastest through Saturday’s first repeated stage

By Franck Drui

28 May 2011 - 20:20
SS12: Ogier slashes Latvala's lead

Sebastien Ogier has slashed Jari-Matti Latvala’s Rally Argentina lead to 10.6s with three stages of day two remaining.

Ogier was 5.4s faster than Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who is now just 19.4s behind Mikko Hirvonen in fifth overall.

“It’s a good time,” said Ogier. “We had another good drive on this stage, one of our best stages on the rally. You have to take risks and see what happens. Today is more about driving and I prefer this.”

Ford driver Latvala said: “There was quite a lot of gravel on the [Tarmac section], much more than in the morning and I went wide in a few places. It was quite difficult but no big mistakes.”

Petter Solberg was fourth quickest in his privateer DS3 WRC. Although he was pleased with his performance he falls 11.4s behind Ogier in third overall.

“I’m very happy with that stage,” said Solberg, who is carrying one spare tyre for the afternoon loop of stages in his Citroen. “We did some changes to the car and it was a big difference. It can be very exciting [for the rest of the day] on gravel.”

Standings after SS12:

01 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2h47m13.9s
02 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC +10.6s
03 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSSON Citroën DS3 WRC +22.0s
04 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +45.5s
05 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC +1m04.9s
06 M. ØSTBERG / J. ANDERSSON Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m06.5s
07 F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m02.8s
08 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m47.9s
09 H. PADDON / J. KENNARD Subaru Impreza +18m20.0s
10 K. BLOCK / A. GELSOMINO Ford Fiesta RS WRC +22m40.9s
11 P. FLODIN / M. ANDERSSON Subaru Impreza +26m40.5s
12 M. KOSCIUSZKO / M. SZCZEPANIAK Mitsubishi Evo X +26m52.0s
13 D. TAGIROV / A. ZAVERSHINSKAYA Subaru Impreza +27m45.8s
14 A. KREMER / K. WICHA Mitsubishi Evo X +31m55.6s
15 N. FUCHS / F. MUSSANO Mitsubishi Evo X +32m20.6s



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