Sebastien Ogier wins Rally Mexico

Sebastien Loeb has won two of three WRC events for far in 2013

Sebastien Loeb has won two of three WRC events for far in 2013

Sebastien Ogier has taken a commanding victory at Rally Mexico, including the bonus points power stage.

Even with a scare prior to the day’s opening stage when he had to spend 20 minutes fixing a sensor issue on his Volkswagen, Ogier was in a class of his own.

The VW Polo R driver won the event by over three minutes from the Citroen of Mikko Hirvonen.

Ogier’s record in 2013 already reads two wins and a second place to hold a 44-point lead over Hirvonen, although the semi-retired Sebastien Loeb is 31 down on Ogier.

“The start of the season is just amazing for us,” said Ogier.

“We want to thank the team because the car was perfect again all weekend. Okay, just a small alarm this morning with a sensor but it was not a drama, and here we are again at the end with a perfect amount of points.

“Now we have quite a good lead for the championship after just three rallies. For sure the season will be long, but already it’s not bad.”

Hirvonen started Sunday under pressure from Thierry Neuville. The Belgian went flat-out to try and snatch second place, but a trip off the road on the first stage convinced him to back off and let Hirvonen take the position.

Third was still Neuville’s first podium in the World Rally Championship.

Australia’s Chris Atkinson finished sixth overall after overhauling Ken Block’s Ford on the final day. On what is currently a one-off in Khalid Al Qassimi’s regular Citroen, Chris Atkinson recovered from Leg 1 steering damage when he slipped outside the top-10.

“Stoked on sixth overall for Rally Mexico,” said Atkinson

“It was a testing event after losing all that time on the first day, but the Citroen Racing team did an awesome job with the DS3 and we fought back from 15th to secure some soild points for Abu Dhabi Racing!”

 

POSITIONS: Final Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

1

Sebastien Ogier

Volkswagen Motorsport

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

4:30m:7.0

2

Mikko Hirvonen

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

+3:28.9

3

Thierry Neuville

Qatar World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

+4:23.8

4

Dani Sordo

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

+6:06.7

5

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Qatar World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

+8:34.5

6

Chris Atkinson

Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

+11:28.0

7

Ken Block

Hoonigan Rally Division

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

+11:48.3

8

Bruno Guerra

Benito Guerra

Citroën DS3 WR

+12:49.8

9

Martin Prokop

Jipocar Czech National Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

+14:29.0

10

Evgeny Novikov

Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

+17:15.3

 

2013 FIA Drivers’ Championship Standings

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Points

1

Sebastien Ogier

Volkswagen Motorsport

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

74

2

Sebastien Loeb

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

43

3

Mikko Hirvonen

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

30

4

Dani Sordo

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

27

5

Mads Ostberg

Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

26

6

Thierry Neuville

Qatar World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

25

7

Jari-Matti Latvala

Volkswagen Motorsport

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

15

8

Martin Prokop

Jipocar Czech National Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

14

9

Bryan Bouffier

Qatar World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

10

10

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Qatar World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

10

12

Chris Atkinson

Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

8

 

2013 FIA Manufacturers’ Championship Standings

Pos

Team

Car

Points

1

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

87

2

Volkswagen Motorsport

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

81

3

Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

37

4

Qatar World Rally Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

35

5

Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT

Citroën DS3 WRC

23

6

Jipocar Czech National Team

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

14

7

Lotos WRC Team

John Cooper Works Mini

12

 

Morning stage highlights : Leg 3 

Afternoon stage highlights : Leg 3 

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