Andreas Mikkelsen impresses team-mate Ogier

Sebastien Ogier admits he's been impressed by team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen's pace on Philips Rally Argentina.

The Volkswagen Motorsport aces have been evenly matched for much of the day with Ogier three-tenths of a second in front of Mikkelsen at the midday service in Villa Carlos Paz.

While a puncture for Ogier and a broken suspension damper for Mikkelsen has distorted the battle, they are 20s apart heading to Friday’s final stage in their Super 2000 specification Skoda Fabias.

“It’s been interesting because Andreas has been pushing a lot and it’s close between us,” said Ogier, who is currently ninth overall, two places behind Mikkelsen. “I lost 50 seconds with a puncture and one tyre off the rim on stage four. Because I had no more spares I had to be really cautious on the last one, especially on the rough parts. Then he lost 25s with a broken suspension.

“The rally is still very long with 300 kilometres left. Now we have the same conditions so I hope the battle between us will continue to the end.”