Day one: 94.19 miles; 9 stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Argentina -

Weather: sun­shine 14 to 23 celsius Se­bastien Ogier makes the most of the morn­ing mois­ture hang­ing around on the stages to take lead from a very pop­u­lar, Span­ish-speak­ing Cor­doba su­per­spe­cial stage win­ner Dani Sordo. Ogier’s frus­tra­tion is clear when he’s passed in a par­tic­u­larly grav­elly fourth stage. The French­man ends the day third. Ogier’s Volkswagen team-mate and last round win­ner Jari-matti Lat­vala rules the open­ing afternoon with a mas­ter­ful per­for­mance in his Polo R WRC. His clos­est ri­val is Hyundai’s Hay­den Paddon. Hav­ing cel­e­brated his 29th birth­day dur­ing the week, the Kiwi is up­beat and very, very fast on Fri­day – and only slowed slightly by a dodgy left-rear damper. An­dreas Mikkelsen has found his feet through Fri­day and set­tled into fourth place. Early leader Sordo was run­ning fourth, but loses time when the throt­tle on his i20 sticks open in SS4. He’s fifth overnight. There’s more mis­for­tune for Hyundai when the sis­ter car of Thierry Neuville is forced to stop while the crew trace a dis­con­nected sen­sor in the same stage. The Bel­gian re­cov­ers in the best pos­si­ble fash­ion with fastest time in the fol­low­ing su­per­spe­cial. He’s 10th at the end of the open­ing day. Mads Ost­berg leads M-sport’s ef­fort in sixth, with Hen­ning Sol­berg and Eric Camilli fol­low­ing be­hind. Lo­cal hero Mar­cos Li­gato is ninth af­ter stopping to rip the front bumper off his car, hav­ing nudged a bank and blocked the air in­take.

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