V Argentině jsou na čele dva Citroeny. Prokop šestý
V Rallye Argentina jsou na čele i před posledním dnem dva Citroeny a až třetí pozice patří týmu mistrů světa, VW. Výbornou šestou příčku pak stále drží náš Martin Prokop, který se těší na zcela novou fiestu.
A zatímco jeho odstup za špičkou je 5.39 sekund, naopak má docela slušný náskok na nejbližšího pronásledovatele. V minulosti už byl Prokop na této soutěži, likvidační pro techniku, dokonce i čtvrtý.
Pár slov jezdců Citroenu:
Kris Meeke: “There are only 32 kilometres left to go tomorrow but they are some of the most difficult roads in the World Championship! So it’s not over yet, by any means. The roads are barely wider than the car on El Condor, and you have a lot of rocks and moonlike landscapes. It’s going to be a long day for us. I still have to finish the job…”
Mads Østberg: “The morning went well, we had good pace. This afternoon, with only one stage to complete, we backed off a little to make sure of bringing home the DS 3 WRC in perfect condition. I remain focused on second place, which is very important for me and for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. We’re not taking any risks. We have to keep going to the end to secure a good result for the team!”
Khalid Al Qassimi: “I started at a good pace this morning, although we had to slow down on the opening stage due to the dust. I was very cautious when crossing the water splashes. The last stage was especially rough with some very deep ruts. I tried to stay on the lines as much as possible. I really took care to make sure of getting to the end of this leg. I have been keeping an eye on the progress of Kris and Mads. They are doing a great job at the front!”
HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED
SS7 – Capilla del Monte – San Marcos 1 (23.10km) – With only two minutes between the start times of each car, the drivers complained about the dust. Kris Meeke had a minor spin at the start of the test. Having rejoined under Rally2 rules, Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen were the two quickest on the stage. Mads Østberg recorded the fourth best time to edge closer to overall leader Kris Meeke, whilst holding off the challenge from Jari-Matti Latvala.
SS8 – San Marcos – Characato 1 (42.50km) – Andreas Mikkelsen won the stage, trailed by Dani Sordo and Mads Østberg. Kris Meeke dropped around twenty seconds, but maintained his lead over Latvala. Khalid Al Qassimi remained eighth overall. Stéphane Lefebvre was forced to retire in his DS 3 R5 due to an engine problem.
SS9 – Capilla del Monte – San Marcos 2 (23.10km) – An accident involving Hayden Paddon led to the cancellation of the stage before the DS 3 WRC even took to the start.
SS10 – San Marcos – Characato 2 (42.50km) – Dani Sordo, who had been running fourth overall, stopped on the stage. Andreas Mikkelsen went fastest, ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala with Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg just a few seconds adrift. Going into Sunday’s final leg, the two DS 3 WRCs therefore remain in control of the rally, in first and second overall.
STANDINGS AFTER DAY 2
1. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (DS 3 WRC) 3:14:51.7
2. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (DS 3 WRC) +38.6
3. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:03.7
4. Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:24.6
5. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +4:51.0
6. Martin Prokop / Jan Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:39.0
7. Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (DS 3 WRC) +10:34.3
8. Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (Hyundai i20 WRC) +11:14.9
9. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari / Marshall Clarke (Ford Fiesta RRC) +14:14.6
10. Diego Dominguez / Edgardo Galindo (Ford Fiesta R5) +17:10.0…
Kris Meeke, 3 – Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen, 2 – Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo, 1. One stage cancelled.
SS1: Sébastien Ogier
SS2 to SS10: Kris Meeke
foto - Mexiko 2015