Kiwi Flies Fastest, Ogier Leads - YPF Rally Argentina, WRC

Hadden Paddon, the Kiwi, was the one who clocked the fastest early in Shakedown yesterday. He was surprised to be so, yet happy at the same time.

Shakedown Classification
01. Hayden Paddon + John Kennard (Hyundai i20)
02. Jari M.Latvala + Miika Anttila (VW POLO)
03. Seb. Ogier + Julian Ingrassia (VW Polo)
04. Deaf + Marti (Hyundai i20)
05. Andreas Mikkelsen + Jaeger (VW Polo)
06. Thierry Neuville + Nicholas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20)
07. Ott. Tanak + Mulder (Ford Fiesta)
08. Mads Östberg + Floene (Ford Fiesta)
09. Ligato + Garcia (Citroen DS3)
10. Henning Solberg + Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta)
11. Eric Camilli + Warzazi (Ford Fiesta)

The rally is based around the lake side resort town of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. It has a total of 365 km from 18 special stages, with 969 km of road sections connecting the specials. Later yesterday, Super Special or Spectator Special street stage was completed at the city of Cordoba and Ogier and Sordo equalled their timings on the top of the ranking.

Today, a total of eight stages with around 150 km are run with a mid-day service separating the stages equally.

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World Rallycross | Petter Solberg Starts With A Bang

Petter Solberg has started his 2016 World RX season perfectly with a win. Reigning World Rallycross champion won the first round at Montalegre circuit in Portugal, by winning the final race. He managed to do this despite failure of launch control system. He had to manual start his DS3 Supercar in semifinal and final race.

But Solberg did not make a good start as he struggled on day one with wet condition not favoring him. But an overnight setup tweak made wonders and he was second overall at Intermediate Classification behind Mattias Ekstrom. 

In second semi-final Solberg led from start to finish. But it was the final race where Petter Solberg was firing on all cylinders. He took the lead in very first corner. He took his joker lap on Lap four and made contact with Kristoffersson while exiting joker lap. End result, it broke the drive shaft of Polo driven by Kristoffersson. This caused him to spin out and further he also made contact with Loeb. So Loeb was out of contention for victory. Robin Larsson took his joker lap on fifth lap and Solberg moved to second. Finn Toomas Heikkkenen on lap six took his extra route option and was third when he joined the main field. Finally Solberg won the race, Larsson and Heikkinen finished behind him. Andreas Bakkerud finished fourth in his M-Sport built Ford Focus RX run by Hoonigan Racing Division. Loeb finished fifth in his debut event. 

                                  Results Top Five
 Petter Solberg
 Robin Larsson
 Toomas Heikkinen
 Andreas Bakkerud
 Sebastien Loeb

That was some great action for rallycross fans. Stay tuned for updates around the world of rally. Until then Happy Rallying!

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