Sebastien Ogier wins Rally Mexico

Ogier has jumped back on top of the points

Ogier has jumped back on top of the points

Sebastien Ogier has won the Rally Mexico to jump back to the top of the World Rally Championship Standings.

The World Champion led home a Volkswagen 1-2 with Jari-Matti Latvala finishing 72-seconds behind.

After battling with Mad Ostberg on the opening leg, Ogier was left clear at the front after the Citroen driver damaged the suspension in his DS3 on the morning of day 2. Latvala moved to second and the duo maintained position throughout the final day of competition.

Atkinson finished seventh in his first event for over 12 months

Atkinson finished seventh in his first event for over 12 months

Thierry Neuville claimed the maiden podium for Hyundai on only the Korean manufacturer’s third rally, this despite having some radiator issues after the final stage. The Belgian had to drive back the 20km to the final service to be classed a finisher. Neuville stopped on a number of occasions to top-up the radiator with the closest fluid he could find. Spectators handed him cans of Corona beer; it did the job with his car completing the drive back to Leon.

Also bringing his Hyundai home was Australian Chris Atkinson who was seventh overall. Atkinson battled back from early technical issues, where he was 23rd, to fight through a tough opening leg, which included broken rear suspension. From that point Atkinson drove at a pace to ensure a finish while also trying a range of different set-ups in the i20.

“Okay, we’ve not really had a clean run all weekend,” said Atkinson.

“Of course I wanted to be faster but after our earlier problems I’ve driven at 85% to get the car through. The objective was to get both cars to the finish and that’s good.”

Ogier scored three bonus points by claiming fastest time through the final El Brinco Power Stage, Latvala took two and Mikko Hirvonen claimed the final point in his Ford Fiesta RS.

The next event of the WRC is the Rallye de Portugal which starts on 3 April.

VIDEO: Hyundai wrap

 

OVERALL :Final positions

POS DRIVER Car TIME

1.

Sebastien Ogier

Volkswagen Polo

4:27:41.8

2.

Jari-Matti Latvala

Volkswagen Polo

+1:12.6

3.

Thierry Neuville

Hyundai i20

+5:28.6

4.

Elfyn Evans

Ford Fiesta

+6:49.3

5.

Martin Prokop

Ford Fiesta

+9:54.4

6.

Bruno Guerra

Ford Fiesta

+12:57.6

7.

Chis Atkinson

Hyundai i20

+15:15.4

8.

Mikko Hirvonen

Ford Fiesta

+17:06.8

9..

Mads Ostberg

Citroen DS3

+25:41.6

10.

Yuriy Protasov

Ford Fiesta (WRC2)

+28:18.2

2014 FIA DRIVERS´ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Total
1. Sebastien Ogier 63
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 60
3. Mads Ostberg 32
4. Andreas Mikkelsen 24
5. Elfyn Evans 20
6. Bryan Bouffier 18
7. Mikko Hirvonen 18
8. Kris Meeke 17
9. Thierry Neuville 15
10. Ott Tanak 10
11. Martin Prokop 10
12. Benito Guerra Latapi 8
13. Henning Solberg 6
14. Chris Atkinson 6
15. Jaroslav Melicharek 4
16. Pontus Tidemand 4
17. Matteo Gamba 2
18. Craig Breen 2
19. Yuriy Protasov 2
2014 FIA TEAMS´ STANDINGS
Pos Teams Total
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 115
2. Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 60
3. M-Sport World Rally Team 40
4. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team 31
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 28
6. Jipocar Czech National Team 10
7. RK M-Sport World Rally Team 4

 

 

Comments are closed.