Ogier holds on to lead in Argentina
French driver Sebastien Ogier steers his Volkswagen Polo R WRC with compatriot co-driver Julien Ingrassia during the 3rd stage of the WRC Argentina 2013 near Agua de Oro, Cordoba, on May 2, 2013. Ogier held on to his overall lead in the Rally of Argentina after the second day's first two special stages on Thursday.
Ogier, who heads the world championship driver standings and claimed his third win of the season in the Rally of Portugal last time out, picked up where he left off on Wednesday evening, winning the first special of the day.
But he saw Finnish Citroen driver Mikko Hirvonen haul himself back into contention with the fastest time on the 52km second special of the day from Ascochinga to Agua de Oro.
Hirvonen's Citroen stablemate Dani Sordo lost several minutes when he rolled his DS3, with it ending on its roof needing to be righted with the help of spectators.
But he ran into controversy as he re-started just in front of Ogier, who later accused him of slowing him down over several kilometres.
The third Citroen driver, France's 'retired' Sebastien Loeb, kept in touch with the leaders as he bids to maintain his extraordinary record in the race, having won every edition of this South American leg of the championship since 2005.
With a heavily-reduced programme this year, Loeb sat out the Mexico and Portugal legs of the championship, but with the second best time on the third special stage, is now third in the overall standings, six seconds behind Ogier.
Two more specials are scheduled for Thursday afternoon, over the same terrain as the morning stages.