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2013-05-03 07:13

IS IT A PLANE...? Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo) skims across a river on Day 2 of the 2013 Rally of Argentina. Image: AFP

CORDOBA, Argentina - World championship leader Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo) held on to his overall advantage in the 2013 Rally of Argentina after Thursday's second day despite testing wet and foggy conditions.

Ogier, who claimed his third win of the season in the Rally of Portugal last time out, picked up where he left off on Wednesday evening.

The French driver, who has already captured the Swedish and Mexican rallies, is leading Citroen's nine-times World champion Sebastien Loeb by 16 seconds.


Mikko Hirvonen, in the second factory Citroen, was third and 18 seconds off the pace.

With drizzle, and visibility down to 50m at the finish, Ogier was happy to have taken four of the day's five stages but was mystified by the damage caused to a left tyre. He said:

"I didn't hit anything, maybe in a water splash or something. This stage was a bit dry for soft tyres but over the loop it wasn't a bad choice. I'm happy but tired.”

Earlier, Hirvonen's stablemate Dani Sordo lost several minutes after he rolled his car on to its roof. Cheerful spectators soon rolled it right way up.


However he ran into controversy as he re-started just in front of Ogier, who later accused him of slowing him down over several kilometres.

Loeb, racing a reduced programme through 2013, is bidding to maintain his extraordinary record in the event, having won every Argentine World Rally event since 2005.

Classification after Day 2 of the 2013 Rally of Argentina
1 Sebastien Ogier (France) VW 1hr57min14.1
2 Sebastien Loeb (France) Citroen +16.3
3 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Citroen +18.1
4 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) VW +40.7
5 Evgeny Novikov (Russia) Ford +1min37.7
6 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) VW +1 min55.1
7 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Ford +2 min12.5
8 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford +6 min41.4
9 Gabriel Pozzo (Argentina) Ford +10 min10.3
10 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Citroen +10 min32.6



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