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GP Week : Issue 118
Argentina: 2200hrs Sunday – After a stewards hearing which lasted nearly five hours, it has been decided to make no change to the results of Rally Argentina, but to fine the organisers 5000 Euros for failing to give clear instructions regarding the correct route which competitors should take at a roundabout in a special stage. It was claimed that Citroen drivers took a short cut at the roundabout, apparently helped by a marking tape which fell down. On this stage Mikko Hirvonen lost 15.9 seconds to Sebastien Loeb, At the end of the rally, Loeb beat Hirvonen by 2.4 seconds. The roundabout was placed on an asphalt road junction in the middle of a mixed surface stage – see the design of the roundabout as given to competitors in the road book. Road Book controversy Once again the orthodox rocky stages caused mayhem among the Production Car competitors. Ten of them nominated Argentine plus two local drivers were invited as Guest competitors as well. The star of the event was Portugal PCWRC winner Hayden Paddon, but it was a struggle and behind him struggles were even more intense. On Day 1 the leaders were Patrik Flodin and Michal Kosciuszko, but then Flodin had electrical troubles and Kosciuszko had steering damage which left Paddon ahead by a huge margin, of seven minutes. The New Zealander held the lead through Day 2, ahead of Flodin and Kosciuszko, but Flodin then had more electrical problems. Semerad, the category winner in Sweden, damaged his suspension on Day 1 but eventually finished fifth. British driver Harry Hunt once again took maximum points in the new FIA Production Cup for two-wheel-drive cars. PWRC: Kiwi Paddon in control WRC argentina >>