2009 Rally Argentina

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2009 Rally Argentina
29º Rally Argentina
Round 5 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Host country Argentina Argentina
Rally base CórdobaVilla Carlos Paz
Dates run April 23 – 26, 2009
Stages 23
Stage surface Gravel
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total WRT
Crews 51 at start, 33 at finish

The 2009 Rally Argentina was the 29th running of the Rally Argentina and the fifth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 23 special stages and was run on 23–26 April. It was won by Citroën's Sébastien Loeb for the fifth consecutive year. His teammate Dani Sordo finished second.

Ford's Mikko Hirvonen, who was in second place only six seconds behind Loeb after stage 14, retired due to an engine problem. This gave Loeb a 20-point lead in the drivers' championship.[1] Hirvonen's teammate Jari-Matti Latvala, under pressure to get a good result after his recent crashes, dropped out of contention for the win after a puncture on Friday. His Focus WRC later incurred an electrical problem, costing over eight minutes, but he was able to continue and finish sixth.

Following Ford's problems, Petter Solberg was on course for his second podium of the season, but he soon ran into fuel pressure problems and the third place was inherited by his brother Henning. This marked his career fourth podium finish. Home country's Federico Villagra beat Stobart's Matthew Wilson to take a career-best fourth place. Citroën Junior Team drivers Sébastien Ogier and Conrad Rautenbach both retired on Saturday. However, Ogier re-joined the rally under superally rules and finished seventh. Production World Rally Championship class winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the last points-scoring position.[2]

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:57:40.3 0.0 10
2 Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:58:53.4 1:13.1 8
3 Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:01:44.4 4:04.1 6
4 Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Perez Companc Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:03:40.0 5:59.7 5
5 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:03:51.2 6:10.9 4
6 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Antilla Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:07:30.3 9:50.0 3
7 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 4:18:35.4 20:55.1 2
8 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza N14 4:20:51.9 23:11.6 1
JWRC
1 Poland Michal Cosciuszko Poland Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 4:42:28.0 0.0 10
2 Germany Aaron Nikolai Burkart Germany Michael Kölbach Suzuki Swift S1600 4:44:08.7 1:39.9 8
3 Italy Alessandro Bettega Italy Simone Scattolin Renault Clio S1600 4:50:02.0 7:33.2 6
PWRC
1 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza N14 4:20:51.9 0.0 10
2 Argentina Marcos Ligato Argentina Rubén Garcia Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:23:04.8 2:12.9 8
3 Japan Toshi Arai Australia Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza 4:27:27.9 6:36.0 6
4 Cyprus Spyros Pavlides United Kingdom Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza N14 4:45:10.4 24:18.5 5
5 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen France Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:52:49.9 31:58.0 4
6 Hungary Gabor Mayer Hungary Robert Tagai Subaru Impreza 5:00:56.3 40:04.4 3

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (ART) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(23-24 APR)
SS1 19:05 Estadio Córdoba I 2.4 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:23.6 France Sébastien Loeb
SS2 7:45 La Cumbre - Agua De Oro I 14.94 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:48.7 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS3 8:41 Ascochinga - La Cumbre I 22.38 km Spain Dani Sordo 14:44.1 Spain Dani Sordo
SS4 9:44 Capilla Del Monte - San Marcos I 22.95 km Norway Petter Solberg 17:33.5 Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS5 10:16 San Marcos - Charbonier I 9.61 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:32.5
SS6 14:26 Ascochinga - La Cumbre II 22.38 km Spain Dani Sordo 14:26.8 Spain Dani Sordo
SS7 15:29 Capilla Del Monte - San Marcos II 22.95 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 17:16.8 Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS8 16:01 San Marcos - Charbonier II 9.61 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:28.9 Spain Dani Sordo
SS9 17:04 La Cumbre - Agua De Oro II 14.94 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:32.4
2
(25 APR)
SS10 9:38 El Mirador - San Lorenzo I 20.81 km France Sébastien Loeb 11:28.0
SS11 10:12 Mina Clavero - Giulio Cesare I 22.79 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:18.2
SS12 11:00 El Condor - Copina I 16.29 km France Sébastien Loeb 13:04.6 France Sébastien Loeb
SS13 11:46 Icho Cruz - Carlos Paz I 9.73 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:19.4
SS14 15:23 El Mirador - San Lorenzo II 20.81 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 11:22.0
SS15 15:57 Mina Clavero - Giulio Cesare II 22.79 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:04.5
SS16 16:45 El Condor - Copina II 16.29 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 13:06.5
SS17 17:31 Icho Cruz - Carlos Paz II 9.73 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:26.6
SS18 19:05 Estadio Córdoba II 2.4 km Spain Dani Sordo 2:23.6
3
(26 APR)
SS19 8:48 Villa Giardino - La Falda 15.78 km France Sébastien Loeb 11:18.2
SS20 9:20 Valle Hermoso - Casa Grande 10.95 km France Sébastien Loeb 7:14.8
SS21 10:03 Cosquin - Tanti 11.27 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6:19.8
SS22 10:26 Tanta Nuevo - Villa Garcia 7.6 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:15.9
SS23 12:05 Estadio Córdoba III 2.4 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:26.6

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 50
2 Spain Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 31
3 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 30
4 Norway Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 20
5 Norway Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 14
6 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 12
7 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 9
Argentina Federico Villagra 7 7 4 9
9 France Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 5
10 Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
11 Norway Mads Østberg 9 6 3
Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 3
United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 3
14 Estonia Urmo Aava 10 8 1
Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Rank Driver Event Total
points
IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 - - - - - - - 82
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 - - - - - - - 43
3 United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford 8 8 6 5 10 - - - - - - - 37
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 - - - - - - - 13
5 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 - - - - - - - 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five-star effort by Loeb". Press Association. 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt. "Loeb clinches fifth Argentina win". Autosport. Archived from the original on 28 April 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 

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