2009 Rally Argentina

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.

2009 Rally Argentina
29º Rally Argentina
Round 5 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Host countryArgentina Argentina
Rally baseCórdobaVilla Carlos Paz
Dates runApril 23 – 26, 2009
Stages23
Stage surfaceGravel
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total WRT
Crews51 at start, 33 at finish

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]

ResultsEdit

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

Special stagesEdit

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

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 50
2   Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 31
3   Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 30
4   Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 20
5   Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 14
6   Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 12
7   Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 9
  Federico Villagra 7 7 4 9
9   Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 5
10   Chris Atkinson 5 4
11   Mads Østberg 9 6 3
  Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 3
  Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 3
14   Urmo Aava 10 8 1
  Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
Pts
Key
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)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Rank Driver Event Total
points
IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 - - - - - - - 82
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 - - - - - - - 43
3   Stobart M-Sport Ford 8 8 6 5 10 - - - - - - - 37
4   Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 - - - - - - - 13
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 - - - - - - - 12

ReferencesEdit

  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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