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Latest update : 2009-04-26

After beginning the day in third place, France's Sebastien Loeb was poised to wrap-up his fifth win in five races this season after opening up a 57.2sec lead over Citroen teammate Dani Sordo at the Rally of Argentina.

Reuters - Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, aiming for an unprecedented sixth consecutive world rallying title, took the lead in Rally Argentina after winning four successive stages on Saturday.

After beginning the day in third place, Loeb overhauled both Citroen team mate Dani Sordo and Mikko Hirvonen to lead at halfway on the second day of the race through the Sierra de Cordoba, 700 kilometres north west of Buenos Aires.

"I was 15 seconds behind at the start of the day so I had to take big risks to try and catch them, so that's what I did," Loeb told the autosport.com website after reaching Villa Carlos Paz.

The Frenchman, who had a minor scare when he ran off the road during the first stage of the day, is aiming for a fifth straight win in Argentina and also to maintain his 100 percent record this season after his victories in Ireland, Norway, Cyprus and Portugal.

Spaniard Sordo began the day in first place but said he had trouble leading the field.

"It's very difficult to go first on the road," he said after a morning in which the race reached 2,195 metres above sea level -- the highest point of the season -- on the El Condor-Copina stage.

Loeb was 7.3 seconds ahead of Hirvonen and 12.2 ahead of Sordo, who dropped from first to third.
 

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-25

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