On Saturday morning, Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson had a “big moment”. In a huge watersplash a hidden stone bent the protection plate of the rear differential. From there on Tidemand had to finish the stage in a very careful style. He also had to proceed through two more stages before the car could be attended to by mechanics in the service area. The ŠKODA FABIA R5 proved itself rock solid and Tidemand reached the service without notable time loss.
From then on Tidemand drove with a controlled speed, while his competitors struggled with all kind of problems. The Swedish pairing finished with more than nine minutes in front of their closest rivals Alonso / Mercadal after the Saturday leg of the Rally.
On a sunny Sunday morning, three more stages in the south west of Cordoba were waiting for the competitors, including the famous El Condor-Copina stage. One driver characterized this particular stage “like driving on the moon”. Nearly no vegetation, a small and winding gravel path between rocks as big as houses and hundred thousands of enthusiastic spectators along the road make up for an unique background in the world of rallying.
He followed his plan and brought the car to an outstanding victory back to Villa Carlos Paz. The Argentinian duo Juan Carlos Alonso / Matias Alejandro Mercadal, running a private entered ŠKODA FABIA R5, finished on second place in the WRC2 category.
|2018 Rally Argentina – WRC2 Final results:|
|1.||Tidemand / Andersson (SWE/SWE)||ŠKODA FABIA R5||3:55:44,7 h|
|2.||Greensmith / Craig (GB/GB)||Ford Fiesta R5||+7:39,1 s|
|3.||Heller / Olmos (CHL/CHL)||Ford Fiesta R5||+9:02,9 s|