Argentina: Stobart Ford - SS 9
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team driver Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila have battled the slippery conditions tonight, finishing the Cordoba Stadium Super Special stage in second position.
Crews were welcomed by the near
capacity and highly vocal crowd who were treated to some incredible displays of sideways action by the world's top rally talent.
All seven of the mountainous leg 1 stages were cancelled today due to dangerous weather in Buenos Aires last night. The terrible conditions meant several crews and officials were stranded overnight at the airport after the opening stage at the River Plate Stadium.
This forced the rally organisers to cancel all of today's main stages as many competitors did not return to Cordoba until this afternoon. The only competitive test was the 2.4 kilometre run in Cordoba Stadium this evening.
As competitors need to complete at least two thirds of the event's total stage mileage to qualify for full championship points, rally organisers may decide to amend the itinerary for the remainder of the event in order to comply with this regulation.
Heading into tomorrow's leg, Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud will start the day in eighth position while Matthew Wilson/Michael Orr follow close in ninth. Latvala will begin his leg 2 attack from eleventh still just 9.8 seconds adrift of current leader, BP Ford's Mikko Hirvonen.
Tomorrow's run sees two passes over the historical Santa Rosa de Calamuchita – San Agustin test, which is famous for its huge water splash, drawing thousands of spectators and the world's rally media to this magical experience.
It was unbelievably slippery on the super special tonight, there was a lot of water on top of the track and we found it hard to find traction and grip. It was a difficult stage to drive and not much fun but the real stages will start tomorrow and I'm concentrating on these. We are still learning about the car and after the delay to start the main stages, it will be very important for us to get things right tomorrow.
That was a totally different world. I have a much better feeling now after not such a good run in Buenos Aires last night. The track was different because they wet the surface, so, in some places where there was exposed tarmac the wheels would just sit there spinning. The crowd was amazing and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's stages now after being quick here tonight.
Because the organisers watered the track it made it so difficult, especially after doing the recce during the week on a dry surface. It was just so slippery you could have easily written your car off in there! It would have been fun for the spectators though and it was nice to be able to come out and do at least one stage today rather than driving none at all.
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team