After the second day of Rally Argentina Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Armin Schwarz is holding 16th place in the Fabia WRC 05, his position largely determined by the 11 minutes he lost yesterday afternoon while having to drive four stages with a broken strut mounting.
overnight rain made it a wet start for Armin's 42nd birthday that began with the presentation of a cake to mark the occasion. Although conditions were drier in the area where the morning's stages were held, the service area at the rally base near Carlos Paz became a mudbath. Two of this afternoon's stages were being used for the second time and so were very muddy for the first cars through.
Tomorrow's final leg features three stages to the west of Carlos Paz (58.09kms) and include two of the WRC's classic tests - El Condor-Copina and Mina Clavero- Giulio Cesare - that feature the classic lunar landscape images that define the region. The event finishes with two more superspecials at Complejo Pro Racing with a rally finish at approximately 1320 (1820 CET).
“We had a good clean run today without any problems. Although the day started wet the sandy surface of the southernmost stages meant that the roads dried quite quickly and at times they were like those in Finland. We gained four places today but the time gaps are quite big now and so this is the best we can achieve unless others have problems. Nevertheless I felt much more confident with the car and I could push harder although this afternoon's stages were extremely muddy. The second last stage was good for us and we saw a bit more of the performance that the Fabia is capable of.”
Press release Skoda Motorsport