The WRC’s finest will tackle a daunting 358.25km across 18 competitive stages over four days. Will this be the first time Ford M-Sport’s leading driver Ogier manages to make it to the top of the podium? Or will his teammate Elfyn Evans be able to repeat his stunning performance from 2017, where he lost out on the top spot by just 0.7 seconds to Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville.
Previous WRC Rally Argentina Podiums
|1st||Thierry Neuville||Hayden Paddon||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|2nd||Elfyn Evans||Sebastien Ogier||Elfyn Evans|
|3rd||Ott Tanak||Andreas Mikkelsen||Kris Meeke|
Elfyn Evans is going to be one to watch in Argentina. The Welshman was less than a second away from his first victory this time last year, however a collision with a bridge in the final Power Stage meant Evans would have to wait until Wales Rally GB for his first WRC victory.
The championship standings and the bookies odds both confirm that we’re likely to see a Neuville/Ogier battle for victory here, especially as the gap between 1st and 2nd place was widened considerably after Rally Corsica. Don’t overlook Andreas Mikkelsen either. The Norwegian made it to the podium in 2016, however he is still relatively new to the Hyundai, and is therefore lacking the experience he had in Volkswagen’s Polo R WRC at the time.
Ford M-Sport’s Sebastien Ogier has won three events in 2018 (out of a possible four) so far, which is already more than the two victories the Frenchman achieved throughout the entire 2017 season. Whether it’s having more time and experience in the Fiesta, the additional support and backing from Ford this season or a combination of both, the defending World Champion looks as though he is heading for many more victories in 2018. As we mentioned earlier, Ogier has not yet won in Argentina, so that might just be the push that could lead him to victory this time around.
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.