STOP PRESS: Rally Argentina underway, but spectators stop SS12

The Rally Argentina has re-started despite a fire near the Calamuchita service area and an accident involving a Skoda team member - but almost as soon as it had started, spectators on the stage forced SS12 to be stopped prematurely

STOP PRESS: Rally Argentina underway, but spectators stop SS12

Engineering director for Skoda Motorsport Dr Jens Pohlmann was clipped by a fire truck as it sped towards the fire which was started by a spectator's barbecue. The truck then proceeded to hit the Skoda's of Bruno Thiry and Armin Schwarz.

Dr Pohlmann is thought to have sustained serious internal injuries and has been airlifted to the main hospital in Cordoba. The Octavia WRCs of Thiry and Schwarz have been withdrawn from the event.

Although the fire is thought to be under control, spectators crowding onto SS12 led organisers to call time on the stage and the Ford Focus of Francois Delecour was the last car to go through at full speed. The remainder of the field will follow at a much reduced pace.

Cars are expected to be back up to speed for SS13. Full SS12 report to follow.

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