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Two Argentine reporters die in crash while covering Dakar Rally

Two members of an Argentine news team covering the Dakar Rally died Thursday when the car they were driving in fell into a ravine, the Super Rally magazine said. "The dead are journalism student Agustin Mina, 20, and Daniel Ambrosio, 51, who loved auto racing," magazine manager Francisco Delgado told AFP. Although not officially accredited, the team was covering the 2014 rally -- in which 431 vehicles are crossing Argentina, Bolivia and Chile for the auto, motorbike, quad and lorry events.

Two Argentine reporters die in crash while covering Dakar Rally

Two members of an Argentine news team covering the Dakar Rally died Thursday when the car they were driving in fell into a ravine, the Super Rally magazine said. "The dead are journalism student Agustin Mina, 20, and Daniel Ambrosio, 51, who loved auto racing," magazine manager Francisco Delgado told AFP. Although not officially accredited, the team was covering the 2014 rally -- in which 431 vehicles are crossing Argentina, Bolivia and Chile for the auto, motorbike, quad and lorry events.

Rallying: Wales Rally GB standings

Wales Rally GB standings after Thursday's opening day: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo R) 14:28.3, 2. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta RS) at 3.2, 3. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo R) 5.2, 4. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Citroen DS3) 16.2, 5. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 24.7, 6. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/VW Polo-R) 27.8, 7. Robert Kubica (POL/Citroen DS3) 35.4, 8. Evgeny Novikov (RUS/Ford Fiesta RS) 37.5, 9. Elfyn Evans (GBR/Ford Fiesta R5) 1:06.9, 10. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 1:07.6 Special stage winners: Ogier 2 (SS1, SS2), Neuville 1 (SS3)

Neuville to lead Hyundai's 2014 WRC challenge

(Reuters) - Belgian Thierry Neuville has been signed as Hyundai's lead driver in the South Korean manufacturer's return to the world rally championship next season, the team announced on Tuesday. Hyundai said the 25-year-old, currently driving a Ford for the Qatar World Rally Team, has signed a multi-year agreement and will race the new i20 car in all 13 rounds of the championship in 2014.

World champion Ogier roars back to win in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) - World champion Sebastien Ogier produced a scintillating final drive to win the Rally of Spain on Sunday with the Frenchman's eighth victory of the season also securing the manufacturers' title for his Volkswagen team. Ogier, who clinched his maiden world title on home soil this month, overturned a 45-second overnight deficit to beat team mate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland into second place, with Citroen driver and Latvala compatriot Mikko Hirvonen third.

Rallying: Rally of Spain standings

Rally of Spain standings after the second day on Saturday: 1. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo-R) 2 h 06:08.9, 2. Dani Sordo (ESP/Citroën DS3) at 1.6, 3. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta RS) 29.3, 4. Sébastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo-R) 46.5, 5. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Citroën DS3) 57.8, 6. Evgeny Novikov (RUS-AUT/Ford Fiesta RS) 57.9, 7. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 2:28.4, 8. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 3:06.7, 9. Hayden Paddon (NZL/Ford Fiesta RS) 3.08.6, 10. Robert Kubica (POL/Citroën DS3 RRC) 4:07.6 afp

Rallying: Rally of Spain standings

Rally of Spain standings after the first day on Friday: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo-R) 34:39.9, 2. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo-R) at 8.8, 3. Dani Sordo-Carlos Del Barrio (ESP/Citroën DS3) 12.6, 4. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta RS) 19.1, 5. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Citroën DS3) 27.3, 6. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/VW Polo R) 27.8, 7. Evgeny Novikov (RUS/Ford Fiesta RS) 28.5, 8. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 1:07.7, 9. Hayden Paddon (NZL/Skoda Fabia S2000) 1:09.0, 10. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 1.13.0 Stage winners: Ogier 3 (SS1, SS2, SS3).

Rallying: Rally of France results

Final results from the Rally of France, the 11th in the 13-round world championship series, on Sunday: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo-R 2hr 53min 07.6sec, 2. Dani Sordo (ESP) Citroen DS3 at 12.2sec, 3. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) VW Polo-R at 19.5, 4. Thierry Neuville(BEL) Ford Fiesta RS at 1:14.1, 5. Evgeny Novikov (RUS) Ford Fiesta RS 3:10.9, 6. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Citroen DS3 3:37.7, 7. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) VW Polo R 4:04.2, 8. Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS 4:35.2, 9. Robert Kubica (POL) Citroen DS3 9:31.4,

Rallying: Ogier wins in Australia but world title on hold

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Australia Sunday but his push for a first FIA World Rally Championship title will have to wait until the next leg in France. The Volkswagen driver won 19 of the event's 22 stages, including the Power Stage, and finished with a margin of 1min 32sec. over Thierry Neuville of Belgium for his sixth tour victory of the season. Finland's Mikko Hirvonen finished the rally in third, 2min 02.1sec. behind the winner.

Rallying: Ogier wins in Australia but world title on hold

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Australia Sunday but his push for his first FIA World Rally Championship remained on hold until the next leg in France next month. The Volkswagen driver won 17 of the event's 22 stages, including the Power Stage, and finished with a margin of 1min 32sec. over Thierry Neuville of Belgium. Finland's Mikko Hirvonen finished the rally third, 2min 02.1sec. behind the winner.
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