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WRC Rally Argentina: Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville leads superspecial – WRC

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Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville leads Rally Argentina overnight following Thursday evening’s Villa Carlos Paz superspecial.

Neuville’s time of 1m54.4s around the 1.1-mile mostly asphalt stage put him three tenths of a second clear of Ott Tanak’s Toyota in second place.

For much of the evening the lead changed hands with every new car through the flying finish, but World Rally Championship leader – and last frontrunner on the road – Sebastien Ogier could not depose Neuville or Tanak and had to settle for third.

Neuville’s team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen completed the top four, ahead of Kris Meeke in the best of the Citroens.

Craig Breen is back as Meeke’s team-mate this weekend after Sebastien Loeb’s two-round cameo, but his return got off to a frustrating start with a 10s penalty for being late out of service. Even before that was applied, Breen had only been 10th fastest on the stage.

Leading positions after SS1

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1m54.4s
2 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 0.3s
3 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 0.4s
4 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 0.5s
5 Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 0.7s
6 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 1.3s
7 Teemu Suninen, M.Markkula M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 1.4s
8 Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1.5s
9 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 1.6s
10 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 2.2s

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