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    2005 Rally Argentina - 14th - 17th July

    In this issue:

    - Leaderboard after Leg One
    - Leg One News
    - Remaining Event Timetable

    Leaderboard after Leg One:

    8 STOHL/MINOR Citroën Xsara WRC +03:40.4

    Leg One News

    Petter Solberg (Subaru) led after last night's super special stages and
    maintained a narrow advantage over the opening two tests this morning. But
    then Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) moved ahead, stretching his lead with fastest
    time over the final three stages to end the leg 31.3sec ahead of the
    Norwegian. Marcus Grönholm (Peugeot) was a lonely third all day, the Finn
    frustrated at not being able to match the pace of his rivals ahead. Harri
    Rovanperä (Mitsubishi) held fourth early on but a spin and a faulty
    handbrake cost two places. However, he moved ahead of Markko Märtin
    (Peugeot) this afternoon to consolidate fifth. Gigi Galli (Mitsubishi) set
    a strong pace and held fourth until retiring on the fifth stage. He
    initially stopped with broken front right suspension but made repairs and
    continued. However, the car then lost drive to one wheel and he retired.
    Jani Paasonen (Skoda) also retired after hitting a rock in the same stage
    and breaking his car's front left suspension. He will not re-start
    tomorrow. Team-mate Armin Schwarz lies 20th after limping through the
    afternoon stages with a broken damper mount.


    It's been full steam ahead for Sébastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and Citroën
    throughout the long opening leg of the 2005 Rally Argentina which has seen
    them emerge in front. François Duval and Sven Smeets profited from the day
    to get progressively back into the groove and an encouraging 2nd fastest
    time in the final stage enabled them to conclude the leg in 7th position

    Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena: "Being first on the road wasn't a problem. I
    think the conditions were pretty much the same for the first three or four
    cars. The 8-compound Michelin BTO tyre we are using here for the first time
    was perfect. I was able to push hard and I think Petter was pushing hard

    Francois Duval/Sven Smeets: This event, which marks my return and on which
    it is so easy to make a mistake, is an important rally for my career. It
    isn't exactly a pressure-free outing, but Sven and I did well. We both know
    that it won't be any easier tomorrow, but our objective will be the same: to
    reach the finish!"


    Petter Solberg holds second place on Rally Argentina tonight after a furious
    day of competition on the gravel roads of the Cordobese Sierras.
    Solberg's Subaru Impreza WRC2005 ran faultlessly all day and enabled the
    Norwegian to set the fastest time on two of the Leg's special stages, and
    smash the previous stage record time on the Carlos Paz - Cabalango test.
    Subaru's new signing for 2005, Chris Atkinson had a successful and
    trouble-free day on his first-ever attempt at the Rally Argentina.

    Petter Solberg/Phil Mills: "I'm pleased with our performance on the stages
    today. The Pirelli tyres and the car have been working well. In the
    afternoon, when the stages were rougher, we tried a slightly different
    set-up, which didn't turn out as good as that in the morning. This afternoon
    we also maybe lost some time with a harder tyre than the morning, but we
    know where to go, and what to do for tomorrow. We have not been taking any
    chances and we are not giving up on getting back on top again."

    Chris Atkinson/Glen MacNeall: "Today was not bad for us and I am happy where
    we are. The roads were rougher than we hoped, but our pace has still been
    good. I had a bit of a moment in the last stage today when I took a 200kph
    jump on slightly the wrong line and landed in the gutter - I was a bit more
    cautious through the rest of that stage! There's still two long days to go
    and the stages are faster, and hopefully smoother. I want to stick with
    Duval and those other drivers who have much more experience."


    BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen and
    team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Mozný produced strong performances on
    today's opening leg of Rally Argentina. Gardemeister's consistent pace
    earned fourth in his Ford Focus RS World Rally Car while Kresta's risk-free
    strategy on his Argentine debut was rewarded with 11th in a similar car.

    Toni Gardemeister/Jakke Honkanen: "It wasn't an easy morning. I pushed hard
    but the times weren't as good as I hoped. I hit a stone on stage four and
    bent a steering arm but that wasn't a big problem. However, I was lucky on
    the next stage when I almost slid off the road on a fifth gear corner. I
    slid wide several times. It was quite muddy in places after last night's
    rain but the roads dried in the strong wind as the day went on.


    Roman Kresta/Jan Mozny: "Our tyre choice this morning was good but this
    afternoon I made a mistake and chose rubber that was too soft. Because I've
    not driven here before I didn't know what the best choice would be. I had a
    good feeling with the Focus all day and it's a shame I couldn't make the
    most of that this afternoon because of my tyre choice. I've driven
    carefully because it's a difficult rally for a newcomer. The roads have a
    hard base beneath the gravel so they were slippery this morning and some
    parts were rough and rutted on the repeat run this afternoon. Tomorrow
    morning's stages are much faster so I will try to drive flat out."


    Marcus Gronholm has fought like a lion throughout the opening leg of the
    Rally Argentina, which made up almost 50% of the total competitive distance.
    Marcus finishes the leg third in his Peugeot 307 WRC, and has promised to
    push hard again tomorrow. An improved tyre choice for the second loop of
    stages today allowed him to set a fastest time, as well as three
    second-fastest times. His team mate Markko Martin, who climbed up to fifth
    by midday, dropped a place in the afternoon and ends leg one sixth

    Marcus Gronhölm/Timo Rautiainen: "I cannot really be happy with today - I
    hoped to fight for the lead here and although we set some quick times that
    has not really happened. I can definitely think of some things we can do to
    improve the car, and I hope that will help our progress tomorrow. There is
    still a long way to go and this is a rally that I like so let's see what is
    possible. I've certainly been pushing hard today and I don't intend to give
    up easily."

    Markko Martin/Michael Park: "Today has been extremely tough. Our road
    position has meant that we've had to deal with some very rough surface
    conditions and massive ruts. The afternoon's loop of stages, used for the
    second time, was really hard work. On the positive side, we've had no
    problems with the car and we've got every chance of improving our position
    over the remaining two legs."


    The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team endured a difficult opening day of
    Rally Argentina, round nine of the World Rally Championship. After ending
    last night's superspecial stages in ninth place Jani Paasonen was forced to
    retire on SS5 and will not continue in the event. Team mate Armin Schwarz
    broke a damper mount on this afternoon's stages and ended the opening leg in
    20th place.

    Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha: "The overnight rain meant that a watersplash on
    SS6 was deeper than usual and the water cut the engine. But my biggest
    problem came just 4kms into SS7 when part of a damper mount broke. We had to
    limp through all four stages this afternoon. We are lucky to be here at all
    this evening."

    Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka: "Everything was going fine until about 8kms
    from the end of SS5. On a long fifth gear left hand bend there were some
    rocks inside and when I hit them the wheel broke sideways. We stopped
    straight away as it was obvious we couldn't continue."


    The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC crew of Harri Rovanpera and Risto
    Pietilainen finished the opening leg of Rally Argentina, the ninth round of
    the FIA World Rally Championship, in a fighting fifth position.
    Team-mates Gigi Galli and Guido D'Amore were running well until their
    challenge was blighted with broken suspension and then a transmission
    problem early this morning.

    Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen: "I'm quite okay with the way things have
    been today. This morning's spin was maybe my first in about five years; I
    couldn't believe it! This afternoon I've not been so happy with the damper
    settings, especially in the bumpy sections where we keep ending up off line.
    Otherwise, everything has been good and the tire choices were quite right
    for the conditions. It's good to be fighting and hopefully we can carry on
    like this tomorrow."

    Gigi Galli/Guido D'Amore: "About 12 kilometers into stage five the front
    right suspension broke. We managed to make repairs and get going again, but
    then after about one kilometer the front drive- shaft broke and the team
    decided it was better for us to stop rather than cause more damage. Before
    that everything had been going well and we were setting some good stage
    times so I'm confident we can continue like this."
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    Remaining Event Timetable

    Saturday 16 July: Leg 2 Villa Carlos Paz - Villa Carlos Paz

    Serv D Pro-Racing (10 mins) 06.52
    SS11 Santa Rosa de Calamuchita - San Agustin 1 21.41km 09.00
    SS12 Las Bajadas - Villa del Dique 16.35km 09.53
    SS13 Amboy - Santa Monica 20.29km 10.39
    SS14 Santa Rosa de Calamuchita - San Agustin 2 21.41km 11.59
    Serv E Pro-Racing (30 mins) 14.19
    SS15 Carlos Paz - Cabalango 2 14.51km 15.14
    SS16 Tanti - Cosquìn 9.43km 15.47
    SS17 Valle Hermoso - Casa Grande 2 10.95km 16.40
    Serv F Pro-Racing (flexi 45 mins) 17.43
    Finish Pro-Racing 18.28

    Sunday 17 July: Leg 3 Villa Carlos Paz - Villa Carlos Paz

    Serv G Pro-Racing (10 mins) 07.07
    SS18 El Condor - Copina 1 16.82km 08.30
    SS19 Mina Clavero - Giulio Cèsare 24.45km 10.10
    SS20 El Condor - Copina 2 16.82km 10.57
    Serv H Pro-Racing (20 mins) 12.07
    SS21 Complejo Pro-Racing 3.02km 13.05
    SS22 Complejo Pro-Racing 3.02km
    Finish Pro-Racing 13.23
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    I think that Markko Märtin should be kicked out of Peugeot team. He has complained the car constantly and Jean-Pierre Nicholas said that Markko has lost his motivation.

    What would Citroen team boss do in a same situation?
    He would fire the driver immediately.

    That is the difference why Citroen has 96pts and Peugeot 90pts.

    Possible replacements for Markko: Sebastian Lindholm (Marcus' cousin and 7 times Finland's rally champion), Cedric Robert, Daniel Carlsson...

    But after all it is important that french car wins whatever the make is.

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    yeah marko M, has been a let down, i had high hopes for him as he did quite well in a under performing ford.

    Loeb has this championship in the bag.

    Cant wait till next years season with no pugs & cits............NOT

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    Loeb was lucky as he hit a cow on day 1, but continued on with minor damage. Definitely the best rally driver I've seen in the last 10 odd years.
    Gli Anni Delle Febbre
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    Quote Originally Posted by PLAYLIFE
    Loeb was lucky as he hit a cow on day 1, but continued on with minor damage. Definitely the best rally driver I've seen in the last 10 odd years.
    Remember that he hit the cow and a rock on the ditch when trying to avoid the collision to the cow. Any another driver would be forced to retire in same situation.

    Luck and talent usually goes hand in hand.

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