Citroen driver Kris Meeke finished the first day of the Rally Mexico’s leadership.
Friday’s route was shortened because of the cancellation of two special stages due to traffic jams near Mexico city.
The morning section of the first day of the Rally Mexico cancelled
The severoirlandtsev managed to win the first competition SU Rally Mexico El Chocolate, which allowed him to come out on top. Later Mick also celebrated the victory on the seventh SU.
The main advantage over the British got it on El Chocolate, while his main rivals have complained about overheating of engines in the conditions of hot weather.
Technical problems bypassed Micah, which gave him the opportunity to create a 20-second handicap to the nearest pursuer, which was Sebastien Ogier.
Thierry Neuville won the fifth and sixth SU, but it was only enough for third place in the intermediate Protocol: Belgian Hyundai loses out to the leader of 56.7 seconds.
His partners at the Hyundai suffered serious disruption in the operation of engines on the i20, which Hayden Paddon failed to rise above the seventh line, and Dani Sordo, who in some point a third, and even was forced to miss one SU, which lost any chance of achieving a solid result.
Problems favorites have used Juho Hanninen: pilot Toyota is in fourth place in the table, losing Miku 1 minute and 27 seconds. Five seconds from Hanninen is a partner of Ogier and M-Sport’s Ott Tanak.
The sixth is stéphane Lefebvre from Citroen, and the overall leader of the season 2017 Jari-Matti Latvala is content with only eighth place. Latvala concedes Miku 2 minutes and 30 seconds of Paddon it takes almost half a minute.
Top ten intermediate report, Rally Mexico close Pontus of Tidemand and Eric the Camilla.
|1.||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi||1:1.33,8|
|2.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+20,9|
|3.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+56,7|
|4.||Juho Hänninen||Gazoo Racing Toyota Yaris||+1.27,3|
|5.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+1.32,9|
|6.||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi||+1.52,8|
|7.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+2.02,1|
|8.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Gazoo Racing Toyota Yaris||+2.30,8|
|9.||Pontus Of Tidemand||Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5||+3.24,3|
|10.||Eric The Camille||M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5||+3.59,7|
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