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GP Week : Issue 4
1 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Daniel Elena 5:05:48.6 2 Chris Atkinson Subaru Stephane Prevot +2:33.2 3 Dani Sordo Citroen Marc Marti +4:04.7 4 C Rautenbach Citroen David Senior +20:03.5 5 Mikko Hirvonen Ford Jarmo Lehtinen +25:15.3 6 Federico Villagra Ford JP Companc +27:42.0 7 Gianluigi Galli Ford G Bernacchini +27:51.8 8 Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Klaus Wicha +28:59.3 ARGENTINA Points: Loeb 30, Hirvonen 25, Atkinson 22, Jari-Matti Latvala 16, Galli 11. 42 ONE of the major features of the event was the strength of the Pirelli control tyres. Hardly any punctures were reported which, on a rally where the stages were full of rocks, was remarkable. The compound and construction for this event was selected many months ago to be the hard version Scorpion tyre – ideal in the dry but safer in adverse conditions than if a soft compound had been selected and used in the dry. Stobart driver Gigi Galli was impressed. “Its incredible. Even when you break a wheel rim the tyres still seem to hold the air.” Sebastien Loeb had one word of dissent: “I believe that if we had been allowed to make small cuts in the tread pattern, even one single cut, it would make the tyres safer in slippery conditions. “That would not cost anything.” THE weather played a major part in the event, with the biggest problem its unpredictability. This was the first time in its 28 years in the world championship that Rally Argentina has been held at this time of year, at the end of the dry summer months, and the start of the autumn rains. The organisers thus had no idea what to expect. They rerouted the event to avoid the flash-flood plains north of Cordoba as a precaution and also banned spectators from regions that could be fire sensitive. The awful weather did not diminish the fun for the spectators however. From the immense throngs at the ceremonial start area in Cordoba which crowded the cars, to the hillsides filled with people, the event was once again massively popular. Tyres no issue in Argentina Nice weather for … WRC