Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ogier Leads Rally Mexico

With four stages tomorrow to round out the 2014 Rally Mexico, Frenchman Sébastien Ogier is on track to pick up his second consecutive victory south of the United States border.

Ogier has won twelve of eighteens stages and has a one minute lead over Volkswagen teammate and current championship points leader Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala has two stage victories. Thierry Neuville is in position to get Hyundai their first podium in World Rally in their first season back in WRC. Neuville is four minutes and thirty-seven seconds back.

Welshman Elfyn Evans is fourth and the top Ford driver, five minutes and twenty-four seconds back. Czech driver and Ford driver Martin Prokop rounds out the top five, over eight minutes back of Ogier. Mexican Benito Guerra is sixth place, over ten and a half minutes back of the overall leader and is in position for his best career finish.

Chris Atkinson is seventh in the second factory Hyundai, over twelve minutes back. MSport Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen is eighth, over sixteen minutes back with the most recent stage winner, Citroën driver Kris Meeke in ninth. WRC2 driver, Ukrainian Yuriy Protasov rounds out the top ten, seventeen minutes and thirty-five seconds back of Ogier.

Mads Østberg has three stage wins but is in eleventh place, over seven minutes back of Protasov. Østberg was in second position, 41.2 seconds back of Ogier on stage twelve when the Norwegian driver broke his left-rear upright. Robert Kubica was in tenth position when an accident on stage thirteen forced the Polish driver to retire. Andreas Mikkelsen is in eighteen place in the third factory Volkswagen after rolling his car on the second stage of the day.

The nineteenth stage and first of day four of Rally Mexico begins at 9:55 a.m. ET.