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GP Week : Issue 43
SPECIAL StAGES n On the Saturday, both Solberg brothers touched the same rock beside the stage, and both punctured as a result. When they got to the end of the stage, they discovered the difference in their times was just 1 second! n Hirvonen’s was the first engine failure for the M-Sport team for three years. That was when Ford had been experiencing valve train troubles, and the sealed engine pairing rules meant the team had to take engines to Argentina which they knew would be faulty. n Fuel problems struck several crews. PCWRC driver Gabor Meyer, from Hungary, spent 40 minutes trying to make his Subaru climb the high altitude Guilio Cesare stage. n Argentina has a plague of flat car batteries. A law introduced this year says that cars must drive on main roads with headlights illuminated. Unlike most countries where this law applies, cars in Argentina are not yet fitted with devices which turn off the headlights when a car is parked ... n Alarmist reports that Police had arrested four spectators carrying bombs into the Cordoba Stadium for the first special stage were happily exaggerated. What they were carrying were large fireworks... n There were huge crowds. It was estimated that there were 300,000 spectators on the second day, 100,00 on one stage alone. Despite alarmist pre-event health warnings, there were no reports of spectators attacked by mosquitoes ... 47