The Citroen driver Kris Meeke has consolidated its position in the second day of the Rally Mexico, broke away from nearest rival Sebastien Ogier by 30.9 seconds.
The Irishman won only one special stage during Saturday, but this victory was crucial. While Mick finished first, Ogier made a mistake and as a result of the reversal lost about 10 seconds.
The results of each of the four morning special stages of day two of the main contenders for victory were separated less than two seconds before Mick went on the attack, and Ogier, after his turn in spike clearly slowed the pace.
“While the weekend turn out ideal, – quoted Mika official site WRC. – This section was key, and it worked for me”.
In the second half of the day, Ogier has recorded two wins and pulled away from going third Thierry Neuville, 39.6 seconds.
“Today I tried hard, but unfortunately, due to the reversal lost 10 seconds. If not for that, I’d be a little bit closer [to Mick], but in General we can be satisfied. To the finish line remains two special stages, one of which will be played on several important points. Try to make them,” commented the reigning world champion.
Neville hoping for the rain chose the day section soft compound tyre. The tactic didn’t work, but thanks to a comfortable position in the General classification, and the Belgian has not lost anything and most importantly – avoid mistakes.
“Good day, said the Hyundai driver. – Yes, maybe we just chose the wrong tyres, but I managed to try something. Unfortunately for me, the rain started too late.”
Fourth place at the end of two days held by the partner Ogier and M-Sport’s Ott Tanak. In the morning the Estonians were unhappy with the settings of the machine, but more than a minute ahead of nearest rival Hayden paddon of.
In the fight for sixth place on the penultimate special stage of Saturday’s Jari-Matti Latvala was ahead of his teammate at Toyota Juho Hanninen. However, for Hanninen even just the finish was comparable to a victory, given the serious malaise.
Dani Sordo won the two opening special stages of the day, and after the abolition of the 10-minute penalty imposed on him on Friday, rose to eighth place. However, from Hanninen he is behind by 45 seconds.
Elfyn Evans, who won two spectator special stage in the evening, and the leader of the WRC2 Pontus Tidemand completing the top 10.
On Sunday the participants of the Rally Mexico waiting for two final special stage – La Calera length 32,96 km and 21,94-kilometre Derramadero, which will be awarded bonus points awarded to the top five.
|1.||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi||2:47.33,3|
|2.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+30,9|
|3.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+1.10,5|
|4.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+2.12,6|
|5.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+3.25,5|
|6.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Gazoo Racing Toyota Yaris||+4.32,6|
|7.||Juho Hanninen||Gazoo Racing Toyota Yaris||+4.32,9|
|8.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+5.16,1|
|9.||Elfyn Evans||DMACK M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+8.22,1|
|10.||Pontus Of Tidemand||Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5||+9.26,4|
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