WRC : Ar­gentina and Por­tu­gal

Ott Tä­nak of Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing wins Rally Ar­gentina, his first vic­tory of the sea­son

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It was a fab­u­lous Rally Ar­gentina for Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing as their Es­to­nian rally ace, Ott Tä­nak, went on to win his first rally of the sea­son, gain­ing some valu­able points for the cham­pi­onship.

It all started on Fri­day when the Es­to­nian took the lead early on in the day. After slip­ping into the lead, Tä­nak made sure that he con­tin­ued to quicken his pace and build a size­able lead. He was able to do so by win­ning five of the seven stages on day two. From here the Es­to­nian never looked back and con­tin­ued to march to­wards vic­tory on Satur­day and Sun­day. On Satur­day, the Toy­ota rally driver went on to win five of the seven stages, fur­ther in­creas­ing his lead. On Sun­day, how­ever, he did not win any stages but had enough sec­onds be­tween him and Hyundai Shell Mo­bis WRT’s Thierry Neuville to bag his first win of the sea­son.

Hyundai’s lead­ing rally driver, Thierry Neuville, who won four stages over­all dur­ing the week­end, was able to main­tain his sec­ond place right from the be­gin­ning. This saw the Bel­gian rally ace close the cham­pi­onship points gap be­tween him­self and cham­pi­onship leader and M-Sport Ford driver, Sébastien Ogier. The fi­nal place on the podium went to Hyundai’s Dani Sordo, who drove ex­cep­tion­ally well through­out the week­end to gain valu­able points for the team.

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