Argentina : SS 21 & 22 - Super Special
The 2006 edition of Rally Argentina ended with another victory of Sebastien Loeb
, his fourth so far this season.
After making a mistake in the early part of Leg 1, the Frenchman fought back to make up the lost time until taking the
lead after SS8. From that moment, the World Champion increased his lead and managed his advantage until the end of the race.
Petter Solberg was determined to win in Argentina after going through very difficult rallies in Spain and Corsica, where the Pirelli-equipped Impreza was not competitive against the Michelin-shod Xsara and Focus. The situation was much better on the gravel roads of Argentina and Solberg held the lead early on in Leg 1 but in the end Solberg had to settle for second place.
Gigi Galli proved once again to be a great driver. The Italian is fast, no matter if the surface is snow, asphalt or gravel. Galli is the highest finisher amongst the small private teams and also the fastest of the Peugeot 307 drivers with a fine third position.
Manfred Stohl will be pleased to score more valuable points on his 100th WRC event. The Austrian drove a consistent race this weekend and is still fourth in the drivers' championship, although he is now tied with Petter Solberg (18 points each).
His teammate Henning Solberg was on his way to a fifth place finish when a mechanical problem stopped him in the very last stage.
The Norwegian received a three-minute penalty for retiring in this Super Special event, which dropped him to seventh place.
A fierce battle between Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson finally turned to the advantage of the Kronos driver. With Henning Solberg's mechanical problems in SS22, Sordo moves up to fifth place and Atkinson finishes in sixth position.
Henning Solberg, Matthew Wilson (stage winner of SS22), Luis Perez Companc and Marcus Gronholm
(stage winner of SS21) complete the top ten in that respective order.
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