Evans and Tidemand impress greatly in Rally Argentina.
When the second part of the Friday run in Rally Argentina was during the evening Swedish time, Elfyn Evans continued with strings on ss6, the first after long service. The British then expanded the line to Mads Östberg as advanced past Jari-Matti Latvala.
More problem for Latvala
Just Latvala had high temperature problems in its Toyota Yaris WRC, the car went into safety mode and hit the power, three total with 53 seconds to the leader, 6.3 seconds ahead is Mads Östberg and 4.3 seconds behind Sebastien Ogier.
Ogier talks that he is charging hard – there is no more to give the Frenchman a comment he repeated throughout the afternoon.
Hyundai has woken up
The SS7 was significantly better in quality and it was tight and even, Elfyn Evans and Hayden Paddon shared time, only tenths between the five fastest.
Out on ss8, Friday’s last long stretch, Hayden Paddon took the stretcher before Evans. Lost time did Jari-Matti Latvala after turning off the tire from the rim, weighing for rock also made Sebastien Ogier bending a steering wheel and losing seconds.
The final audience stretched Thierry Neuville home, the Hyunda team found everything better in the settings during the afternoon and drove in time.
Evans in sole management
Overall, Elfyn Evans leads 55.7 seconds ahead of Mads Östberg, who is hardly guarded by several drivers. Thierry Neuville, Sebastien Ogier, Ott Tänak and Jari-Matti Latvala are separated by just a few seconds.
Hayden Paddon, Lorenzo Bertelli and Juho Hänninen fill up top nine in the WRC class.
In the WRC2 class, the lead increased significantly for Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson, when former two-year Gustavo Saba lost 15 minutes, they now have Pedro Heller three minutes behind him! Extended another 36 seconds in the second night and 43 seconds on ss8.
Pontus Tidemand has dominated the WRC2 class, albeit in opposition, leading 4:30 minutes before Pedro Heller and 5:22 minutes before Juan Carlos Alonso.
Saturday is the longest day
The Saturday appetite starts at 13 o’clock, in the afternoon and in the evening six waiting stretches – three stretches that go twice and it’s the longest day with 16 miles special!
Rally Argentina 2017:
»Results, stretch for distance!
»Times, News & Results.
»WRC – official