Gronholm steers Peugeot to victory

 

Finland's Marcus Gronholm has won the Rally of Argentina to record a third victory from six rounds for the Peugeot driver this season.

Defending world champion, and Peugeot teammate, Richard Burns of England took second place with Spain's Carlos Sainz, in a Ford Focus, in third spot.

The result was also a remarkable achievement for the French manufacturer Peugeot who clinched their fifth one-two of the season to confirm their dominance of the championship.

Gronholm, the 2000 world champion, was able to stroll towards victory at the end of the day when chief rival Tommi Makinen, who had led by just half a second overnight, crashed out on the penultimate stage when he lost control of his Subaru on a tight bend.

Makinen, whose car left the track at a speed of 160kmh, was forced to push after surrendering his advantage. Gronholm had won the first two stages of the day to open up a five-second gap and his victory was well-deserved as his team had to change the gearbox and hydraulic pump on his Peugeot during Saturday's thrilling stag