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Rally Argentina 2018: Tanak extends lead to edge closer to first Toyota win

Ott Tanak continued his impressive run in Rally Argentina to extend his lead and inch closer to his first win for his new Toyota team, as Thierry Neuville jumped past Kris Meeke to take second place from the Citroen driver

No one had the pace to live with Tanak, who showed his dominance with six stage wins in a row his Yaris WRC proving to be the class of the field as the battle for the podium spots behind him hotted up. Neuville had spent most of the morning behind Meeke’s Citroen, but jumped ahead on the penultimate stage to potentially claw more points back over Sebastien Ogier, with Meeke still in a relatively comfortable third place.

Meeke though will have to watch behind as Dani Sordo, having a very consistent and solid drive in fourth place, is just over ten seconds behind the Northern Irishman and still in the hunt for the podium with the tricky conditions the stages are throwing up. Sordo himself is comfortably ahead of Ogier, who took a very cautious approach to the track and the conditions and holds P5, solid points but he is over 40 seconds behind the Spaniard and very much in no mans land thanks to problems for the returning Craig Breen.

Breen had occupied sixth and was looking good for the rest of the event, but on SS11 he crashed heavily. Heavy cosmetic damage was inured which included co-driver Scott Martin holding the door shut for the remainder of the stage, but fortunately the car was still running and its roll cage was intact, but the incident dropped him way down the order into 14th place, a big shame following his solid run up until that point.

Andreas Mikklesen, Eflyn Evans, Esapekka Lappi and Temmu Suninen follow Ogier in sixth to ninth respectively and are just hoping to finish the event well. Lappi also crashed on SS11 after a pacenote mistake and is over half a minute behind Evans, comfortably ahead though of Suninen.

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