Updated: Saturday, 10 May 2014 04:02 | By Agence France-Presse

Latvala puts Ogier in shade in Rally of Argentina

Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala took control of the Rally of Argentina on Friday, opening up an 18-sec lead on Volkswagen Polo teammate and world champion Sebastien Ogier.

Latvala puts Ogier in shade in Rally of Argentina

Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala steers his Volkswagen Polo R WRC with his compatriot co-driver Miikka Anttila during the third stage of the WRC Argentina 2014 near Agua de Oro, Cordoba, Argentina on May 9, 201 - by Diego Lima

Behind the leading pair, Scotland's Kris Meeke was third in a Citroen DS3 but more than a minute off Latvala's blistering pace.

Welsh driver Elfyn Evans, in a Ford Fiesta, was fourth, almost four minutes off the lead.

The British pair made the most of mechanical problems suffered by Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen in a Polo and the Hyundai of Belgium's Thierry Neuville, who had held third and fourth spots respectively until the final stage of the day.

Ogier leads the 2014 world championship after winning three of the opening four rounds.

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