WRC Argentina – SS15 Disaster for Solberg

Petter Solberg’s was well in the fight at the top and was on course for his consecutive podium place but is in tatters after his Citroen DS3 WRC suffered a mechanical failure on Saturday’s final stage in Argentina.

By D.Darrall

Petter Solberg was in 2nd place just 20 seconds off the lead. But a distraught Norwegian reached the stage finish punching the steering wheel of his car after a power steering failure resulting in dropping to 1m16.1s adrift of leader Sebastien Ogier. Solberg dropped from 2nd place down to 4th.

Ogier’s Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb won the stage to close to within four seconds of factory Ford pilot Mikko Hirvonen, who is second overall, 43.7s behind Ogier. Other Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala had led the rally since the morning of day 1 and set blistering pace, but suffered broken compression strut on SS13 and retired on SS14.

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