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DAY 4 RALLY ARGENTINA 2014 – MAX RENDINA

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DAY 4 RALLY ARGENTINA 2014 – MAX RENDINA

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14 May 2014
Fifth in the Production class after several problems since the second day of action was the result Max Rendina got in his first Rally Argentina attempt, round 5 of the World Rally Championship.

However, picking ten points was his most important score in the land of the gauchos. These are enough to still let him lead the series with a clear 30-point advantage over the following driver.

The morning started with complications when the transmission of the Rally Project Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, assisted by Ralliart Italy’s engineers and mechanics, caused trouble again. A broken differential support forced the Italian to go to the service park almost at walking pace, even for the last 40-kilometer road section.

The problem did not seem to improve later on, so Rendina made his best driving at careful pace to reach the finish at Carlos Paz and collecting precios points just when he thought he was about to retire this 34th edition of a rally that proved really hazardous for both competitors and cars.

Juan Carlos Alonso used his local knowledge to win, followed by Paraguayan Augusto Bestard, both with Mitsubishi. After the South American visit, Mario Pizzuti also keeps the leadership among co-drivers. Jari-Matti Latvala secured overall victory today at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo WRC.

Max Rendina’s next event will be Rally Sardinia in Italy (5th-8th June).

Comment

The truth is this was a much harder rally than we expected. Group N cars really felt the punishment, but I am proud to be still first in the championship with an interesting gap. We were not able to win as we did in Montecarlo, Portugal and Mexico because the difficulties we went through non-stop since Friday (turbo, differential, two punctures and a wheel almost torn apart) meant we lost a lot of time against the others. This was tough either for the Lancer and ourselves from the psychological point of view. The support of the team helped a lot when I was close to retirement in the special stage called Giulio Cesare, just as Roman as me!

Championship

1-Max Rendina (Italia) 85 puntos, 2-Gianluca Linari (Subaru) 55, 3-Juan Carlos Alonso (Argentina) 43, 4-Augusto Bestard (Paraguay) 33, 5-Marco Vallario (Italia) y Ramón Torres (Chile) 15.

Final results

1-Juan Carlos Alonso (Mitsubishi) 5h38m08s, 2-Augusto Bestard (Mitsubishi) +3m48s, 3-Ramón Torres (Mitsubishi) +4m01s, 4-Gianluca Linari (Subaru) +15m18s, 5-Max Rendina (Mitsubishi) +27m11s.

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