Loeb maintains Argentina lead

2012-04-28 17:07
Sebastien Loeb (File)

Cordoba - Multiple world champion Sebastien Loeb picked up one of Saturday's opening three special stages to maintain his lead in the Rally of Argentina.

The Citroen DS driver clocked the fastest time in stage seven with his closest rival and team-mate Mikko Hirvonen annexing stages eight and nine to lie 2.1 seconds behind the Frenchman.

Loeb had held a minuscule 0.1 second advantage over Hirvonen after Friday's opening six stages in this fifth leg of the 2012 world rally championship.

In third in the overall standings came Spaniard Dani Sordo, at 1:30.7. Sordo has replaced the injured Jari-Matti Latvala for Ford.

Results from the Rally of Argentina, after six of Saturday's seven stages:

1. Sebastien Loeb (FRA/Citroen DS3) 3 h 52:45.7, 2. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Citren DS3) at 7.8, 3. Dani Sordo (ESP/Ford Fiesta RS) 1:48.3, 4. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 2:55.5, 5. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 9:16.0, 6. Sbastien Ogier (FRA/Skoda Fabia S2000) 10:20.1, 7. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Skoda Fabia S2000) 10:25.9, 8. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Citren DS3) 11:53.7, 9. Armindo Araujo (POR/Mini John Cooper Works) 14:09.3, 10. Petter Solberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 14:09.9

11. Evgeny Novikov (RUS/Ford Fiesta RS) 21:48.1, 12. Nasser Al Attiyah (QAT/Citren DS3) 22:33.6

Stage winners: Solberg 5 (SS1, SS3, SS10, SS11, SS12), Loeb 4 (SS2, SS4, SS5, SS7), Hirvonen 3 (SS6, SS8, SS9)

Read more on:    sebastien loeb  |  rallying


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks want to continue upward curve
We'll do it our way - Les Bleus
Ton-up Giteau defies his own expectations
The game of Heyneke’s life
Love 2 Meet

Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.