Citroen driver Kris Meeke won the Rally Mexico, despite the fact that at the last stage of the competition made nervous by their fans.
Before the final SU Chris had a comfortable lead over Sebastien Ogier – he won the current world champion for more than 40 seconds.
However, in the Power Stage severoirlandtsev off the road. He was forced to return to the race distance, maneuvering between parked cars. During this adventure, Mick lost more than 20 seconds, but this failure did not cost him the overall victory.
In the final minutes of Chris ahead of Ogier at 13.8 seconds, and the Frenchman, in turn, regained the lead in the overall standings.
“I am disappointed by your last mistake,’ admitted the Briton. – We are just very lucky.
I tried to quickly get back on the road, because we understand that we can still win.
Importantly, we demonstrated the potential of the Citroen C3, having won the first Victoria. I am delighted with this victory and proud of the team”.
On the Power Stage was the best of Thierry Neuville. In the final table of the Rally Mexico, he was third, losing Miku almost one minute. Recall that this is the first rally in 2017, which the Belgian managed to finish: earlier in Monte Carlo and Sweden, he invariably stopped the fight Saturday as championship leader.
Fourth after stage in Mexico, became a partner of Ogier and M-Sport’s Ott Tanak. More than a minute Estonians lost another representative of Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon.
The winner of the Swedish stage Jari-Matti Latvala was able to minimize the loss in the glasses, finishing the competition in sixth place. Now in the overall standings Latvala Ogier behind by eight points.
His compatriot and teammate Juho Hanninen Toyota was satisfied with a final seventh position, and rounded out the top ten Dani Sordo, Elfyn Evans and Pontus of Tidemand.
|1.||Kris Meeke||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi||3:22.04,6|
|2.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport Ford||+13,8|
|4.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport Ford||+2.18,3|
|6.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Gazoo Racing||+4.40,3|
|7.||Juho Hanninen||Toyota Gazoo Racing||+5.06,2|
|9.||Elfyn Evans||M-Sport Ford||+8.41,8|
|10.||Pontus Of Tidemand||Skoda||+10.51,9|
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