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Martin Prokop 10th at Rally Argentina

World Rally Championship continued last weekend with its 5th event on gravel stages of Rally Argentina. Crew of Jipocar Czech Natioal Team Martin Prokop and Michal Ernst was entering the final day from the 8th place of overall classification. Battered and temporarily repaired Ford Fiesta RS WRC reminded the accident from Thursday, at which the car rolled on the roof but luckily could finish both the special stage and the whole competition.

78 kilometres of special stages with rough surface at the El Condor Mountain range were still to go on Saturday, the last day of the rally. At the end of it, Czech crew rode as tenth overall on the podium as they lost their position to Sordo and Mikkelsen. From Argentina they are bringing one point into the Drivers´ and also Teams´ standings.

“I knew that guys behind us will be fast and pulling back strongly, but I did my actual possible best to hold the position. It simply was not enough as nearly the whole competition I was a bit struggling with my driving style, trying to find a good rhythm and also ideal car set-up. I was hardly finding the ideal braking points etc. The tenth place is probably just that what I have deserved for my performance here in Argentina,“ describes Prokop his feelings and team manager Quirin Müller continues:

“We hoped that the switch to new tyres will kick us immediately forward but without any test before Argentina it has shown not to be so easy. From the heights of last year´s fourth place we are now back on hard ground as our car was on Friday and we must fix both the car and our self-confidence, focus on the next gravel event in Greece, make a proper test and work hard.”

Final Results of Rally Argentina 2013 
1. Loeb S. - Elena D. (Citroën DS3 WRC) 
2. Ogier S. - Ingrassia J. (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +55,0
3. Latvala J. - Anttila M. (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +2:00,8 
4. Novikov E. - Minor-Petrasko I. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:36,7 
5. Neuville T. - Gilsoul N. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:40,5 
6. Hirvonen M. - Lehtinen J. (Citroën DS3 WRC) +6:23,9 
7. Østberg M. - Andersson J. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +11:02,2 
8. Mikkelsen A. - Markkula M. (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +13:22,1 
9. Sordo D. - Del Barrio C. (Citroën DS3 WRC) +13:22,3 
10. Prokop M. - Ernst M. (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +14:07 

Martin Prokop is actually 9th in the FIA Drivers' Championship Standings as well as is Michal Ernst in Co-drivers´ Standings. Jipocar Czech National Team is 7th overall in Teams´/ Manufacturers´ Championship.

Next event of FIA World Rally Championship is Rally Acropolis. 

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