Rally Argentina: Jari-Matti Latvala still leads Sebastien Ogier

Jari-Matti Latvala opened a half-minute lead over Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier by the end of day two of Rally Argentina

Rally Argentina: Jari-Matti Latvala still leads Sebastien Ogier

The intra-team battle for victory got even more intense after lunchtime service on Saturday, with both drivers launching an all-out attack on the San Agustin stage that opened the afternoon - and both making mistakes.

A spin apiece showed how hard Latvala and Ogier were pushing, while Latvala also stalled at a junction.

But the potentially pivotal incident happened right at the end of the stage, where Ogier suffered a delaminated front tyre. Although the on-stage delay was minimal, the damage was not just cosmetic and left the Polo overheating and slightly down on power on the following Amboy stage.

Latvala was therefore able to emphasise his advantage, and by the end of the evening superspecial his lead stood at 31.2s with four stages to go on Sunday.

Kris Meeke held third through the day, but his position is not completely comfortable. The chasing Andreas Mikkelsen reduced the gap to the Citroen from 2m51s to 1m56s through the afternoon, suggesting that VW's hopes of a podium sweep are not completely dashed.

Thierry Neuville, another man recovering under Rally 2 after technical problems on Friday, has been following Mikkelsen up the order and is now back in fifth for Hyundai, ahead of the steady and cautious Robert Kubica, who has been able to edge further away from M-Sport team-mate Elfyn Evans.

Mads Ostberg and Mikko Hirvonen have made it back to 10th and 11th following their Friday crashes, although Ostberg is struggling with a right hand injury after a violent steering kick-back on the last full-length stage.

Dani Sordo has been unable to join those progressing back into the points, as further technical issues forced Hyundai to retire his car completely.

Follow the final day of Rally Argentina with live radio from WRC Live and text commentary in AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 12.15pm UK time on Sunday May 11

Leading positions after SS10: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jari-Matti Latvala VW 3h33m19.1s 2. Sebastien Ogier VW +31.2s 3. Kris Meeke Citroen +3m47.0s 4. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +5m43.0s 5. Thierry Neuville Hyundai +6m40.9s 6. Robert Kubica M-Sport Ford +7m14.4s 7. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +7m52.0s 8. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +8m20.9s 9. Nasser Al-Attiyah M-Sport Ford +16m20.6s* 10. Mads Ostberg Citroen +20m35.8s * WRC2 
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