Werner keeps the pres­sure on

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE - TONY WATSON

IN THE MIDST OF VERY TOR­RID con­di­tions at the foot of the An­des, Mar­i­ano Werner kept his and Peu­geot’s cham­pi­onship hopes alive with a dom­i­nant vic­tory.

Cur­rent points leader Fa­cundo Ar­dusso claimed pole and placed third in Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing race in his Re­nault, be­hind Damian Fi­neschi (Ford Focus) and Werner.

Werner forced his way past Fi­neschi into the lead dur­ing the open­ing lap of the fi­nal, with Ar­dusso fur­ther de­mot­ing Fi­neschi to third only me­tres later. From then on, Ar­dusso sought a way past Werner (ex­cept for two safety car pe­ri­ods), but had to fi­nally con­tent him­self with the run­ner-up spot. Werner nearly over­cooked things while brak­ing for the fi­nal hair­pin, but just man­aged to cross the line vic­to­ri­ous.

Ma­tias Munoz March­esi (Peu­geot 408) lay fourth ini­tially, but was rel­e­gated to fifth by Re­nault’s Leonel Per­nia. Ten laps from the fin­ish, Per­nia also clam­bered past Fi­neschi to com­plete the podium.

Munoz March­esi was fifth, while Ma­tias Rossi (Toy­ota Corolla), Este­ban Guer­ri­eri (Citroen C4) and reign­ing cham­pion Agustin Canapino (Chevro­let Cruze) bat­tled for sixth dur­ing most of the race.

With two rounds re­main­ing, Ar­dusso still leads the stand­ings, by 19 points from Werner.

RE­SULTS

1 Mar­i­ano Werner (Peu­geot 408) 38 laps in 51m39.163s; 2 Fa­cundo Ar­dusso (Re­nault Flu­ence) +0.403s; 3 Leonel Per­nia (Re­nault); 4 Damian Fi­neschi (Ford Focus); 5 Ma­tias Munoz March­esi (Peu­geot); 6 Ma­tias Rossi (Toy­ota Corolla). Points

1 Ar­dusso 174; 2 Werner 155; 3 Per­nia 139; 4 Emil­iano Spataro 132.5; 5 Bernardo Llaver 127.5; 6 Agustin Canapino 126.

Werner soaked up all Ar­dusso threw at him

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