Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC) is doing his best to become the new champion of the YPF Rally Argentina. The Estonian driver has won 11 out of 15 special stages and leads the overall with 46.5 of advantage over Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC). Tomorrow, the competence will be defined on the most symbolic stages of the rally: Giulio Césare and El Cóndor.
Nor the dense morning fog in Los Gigantes, neither the rocks that threaten to make a puncture on the tyres by only rubbing them, or the fast and narrow roads that reduce the margin of error, seem to intimidate the Rally Argentina 2018 leader that appear to be unbeatable.
Ott Tänak had an overwhelming performance again at the second day of the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Car, winning five out of seven stages this Saturday. After finishing the two first days of the competence, the Estonian driver leads with 2:58:33.9 and is 46.5 ahead of the runner-up, Thierry Neuville, while in the third place now comes Daniel Sordo (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), 1:08.2 away from the lead.
“Today was better than yesterday, I didn’t make any mistakes. It was quite a nice feeling to control all the situation and just go with the flow. It’s a bit strange to come into the service without complaining about anything, it looks like it’s working okay, but definitely, we still have many places to improve. The performance is there and it gives me confidence to push. Tomorrow we have El Cóndor and Mina Clavero, slow stages. So much can happen, we still need to keep focused. We have all we need. It’s rally, you never know”, Tänak said.
Tänak’s great performance has put the whole focus on his runners-up. The progress of the official i20 Coupé WRC was the most outstanding fact of the classification. In the morning, Neuville got over Kris Meeke (Citroën C3 WRC) in the fight for the second place. Then, Daniel Sordo achieved the third position in the podium taking advantage of the delay of the British driver, K. Meeke, who had a tyre puncture in the last stage of the day, losing more than one minute and a half, and, consequently, falling on the overall from the second to the eighth place.
Further behind, far from the podium fight, comes Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) 1:59.0 away from the lead, meanwhile, Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC) is on the fifth position, 2:13.8 away from the first position, after moving up two places today.
WRC2: Rovanperä leads in Cordoba
Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda Fabia R5) is the new leader after getting over Pontus Tideman (Skoda Fabia R5), who finished yesterday on the leading position on the overall. After winning six out of seven special stages today, the Finn driver went up on the overall and finished the day 26.0 ahead the Swedish driver.
Gus Greensmith (Ford Fiesta R5) is in the third place, 2:11.5 away from the lead.
YPF Rally Argentina 2018 will be defined tomorrow with the last three special stages
The day will begin at 9 :08 a.m. in the SS16, Copina-El Cóndor (16-43km), the legendary Argentinian rally stage, that this time has changed its habitual direction. Later on, the Giulio Cesare-Mina Clavero (22,41km) stage will begin at 9 :55 a.m.
The 38° Rally Argentina will finish with the Power Stage, the second pass through Copina-El Cóndor, where it is believed that many spectators will be cheering the WRC drivers.