Meeke leads Rally Argentina
RESENDING WITYH UPDATED STANDINGS SHOWS: VARIOUS LOCATIONS, ARGENTINA (APRIL 24, 2015)(SPORTSMAN MEDIA GROUP – SEE RESTRICTIONS IN SCRIPT BEFORE BROADCAST) 1. KRIS MEEKE DRIVING CITROEN (NUMBER 3),
Meeke leads Rally Argentina
RESENDING WITYH UPDATED STANDINGS
SHOWS: VARIOUS LOCATIONS, ARGENTINA (APRIL 24, 2015)(SPORTSMAN MEDIA GROUP – SEE RESTRICTIONS IN SCRIPT BEFORE BROADCAST)
1. KRIS MEEKE DRIVING CITROEN (NUMBER 3), TAKES CURVE (SLOW MOTION) AND DRIVES AWAY
2. ONBOARD CAMERA WITH MADS OSTBERG DRIVING CITROEN (12)
3. OSTTBERG LEAVES TRAIL OF DUST
3. JARI-MATTI LATVALA DRIVING VOLKSWAGEN (2) DRIVES THROUGH
4. ONBOARD CAMERA WITH LATVALA AND CO-DRIVER MIIKA ANTTILA
5. OTT TANAK AT FULL SPEED IN A FORD
6. ONBOARD CAMERA AS TANAK HITS A PUDDLE WITH WATER ALL OVER FRONT WINDSHIELD
7. TANAK’S CAR STOPS
8. TANAK’S CAR ON ROADSIDE
STORY: Kris Meeke held a comfortable lead at the end of the first day of the Rally Argentina on Friday (April 24) with only 10 cars remaining in the event.
The Briton, driving a Citroen, opened a one minute 08.4 seconds advantage over Norwegian team-mate Mads Ostberg, also in a Citroen, at the end of the sixth stage.
Meeke increased his gap to second placed man Jari-Matti Latvala on the Agua de Oro to Ascochinga test, after the Finn made inroads into the Northern Irishman’s lead on the final stage of the morning.
The Citroen driver then matched his VW rival’s times through the first two splits of the Villa Bustos-Tanti stage, before Latvala dropped time in the third, one minute 23.5 seconds off the pace,
because of a problem in the front differential.
Hyundai’s Dani Sordo is half a minute behind Latvala in fourth after fixing his power steering issue in the afternoon. The Spaniard topped the Villa de Merlo superspecial to finish the day.
Ott Tanak hit a rock in a watersplash on the fourth stage. It is the second rally in a row the Estonian has ended up in troubled waters after plunging into a reservoir in Mexico.
World champion Sebastien Ogier of France suffered an engine problem in the first long stage earlier in the day and was also forced to retire.
Briton Elfyn Evans led his Ford to fifth in the general standings and Czech Martin Prokop completed the top six, also in a Ford, despite racing with a broken anti-roll bar for most of the afternoon.
After three rallies so far the season, Sebastien Ogier leads with 81 points, 34 ahead of second place Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway and Belgian Thierry Neuville third on 35.
Leg 1 Classification from the Rally of Argentina on Friday after six stages:
1. Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen 1:44:47.800
2. Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen +01:08.400
3. Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen 01:23.500
4. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai 01:54.200
5. Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford 01:59.700
6. Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford 03:27.400
7. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 05:06.200
8. Khalid Al Qassimi (United Arab Emirates) Citroen 06:01.800
9. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (Qatar) Ford 06:46.300
10. Yuriy Protasov (Ukraine) Ford 08:43.300