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Photo of the day: Hyundai i20 WRC vs Argentina

World Rallying is back to its exciting best, as this crowded cornering shot proves

World Rallying is back. The new regulations have thrown up some wildly fast cars for 2017, and before the weekend’s action in Argentina, each of this season’s rallies had a different winner. Not just drivers, but one each for the new 2017-spec Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Citroen C3 and Hyundai i20.

For almost all of Argentina’s 18 stages, it looked like rally number five would yield winner number five, with Welshman Elfyn Evans leading the way in his DMACK Fiesta.

But a bunch of drivers were slugging it out below him, with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville – winner of the previous round, in Corsica – taking small chunks out of Evans’ time until the Belgian trailed by just 0.6sec into the final power stage.

Cue plenty of drama, with Evans initially clawing back time before a mistake cost him the stage – and the overall victory – giving Neuville back-to-back wins, and third place in the WRC standings.

Here, Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul pick their way through the boisterous Argentine crowds, the car sliding its way through spectators like it’s the glorious (though edgy) Group B era again…

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