Sebastien Loeb saves tyres to take Rally Argentina

30th April 2012

Eight-time world champion Sebastien Loeb took victory at the Rally Argentina this weekend, with much of the race's drama focused on the Michelin tyres used in the sport.

The French star took the chequered flag ahead of teammate and rival Mikko Hirvonen in what was a dominant display from the Citroen team pair.

It marked the seventh consecutive win for Loeb at the event, with his tactic of saving his tyres ultimately proving decisive in securing victory.

The pair were way out in front of much of the chasing pack after Saturday's (April 28th) racing saw drivers forced to switched the harder Michelin tyres after exhausting their soft supply at the event. 

Speaking to autosport, Ford tyre engineer George Black explained: "It's been a case of mixing the best of the soft tyres we've had … but all the softs are just about scrap now. We're on hards for this afternoon."

Loeb took the initiative after opting to mix his compounds, with one hard and one soft running on either side of his car during the race in Cordoba.

The strategy evidently paid dividends though, with the race leader finishing 15.2 seconds ahead of Hirvonen.

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Posted by Danielle Barge