Solberg Takes Early Lead

Subaru's Petter Solberg continued his shakedown form to lead the early stages of the Rally Argentina

Solberg Takes Early Lead

After two runs through the 3.01km Pro Racing Superspecial the Norweigian had a slender 1.2-second advantage from Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm.

Gronholm had topped the rally after the first attempt, but Solberg was mighty on the second running. He set the fastest time of the evening, 0.2 seconds up on Gronholm's best.

Harri Rovanpera, armed with Mitsubishi's new rear suspension, ended the day 2.6 seconds down on Gronholm in third.

Championship leader Sebastien Loeb, looking for his sixth consecutive win, finished the stages in fourth, however he was only 3.7 seconds behind Solberg.

In fifth, but on the same time as Loeb, was his teammate Francois Duval. The Frenchman is looking to rack up a solid points with new co-driver Sven Smeets this weekend after being rested for two rallies.

Friday is the first day proper of the rally with wintry weather conditions could present a challenge for competitors.

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