WRC Rally Mexico: Sebastien Ogier leads amid SS14 drama

Punctures for both Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo during a a chaotic Guanajuatito stage handed Sebastien Ogier the lead of Rally Mexico

WRC Rally Mexico: Sebastien Ogier leads amid SS14 drama

Rally leader Loeb struck a small stone mid-way through SS14 and had to stop to replace the delaminated tyre, losing over two minutes.

Sordo lost 30 seconds after hitting a similarly sized stone early in the stage.

These incidents enabled M-Sport's Ogier to jump two places to grab the overall lead, as he out-paced Loeb's Citroen team-mate Kris Meeke by 3.8s.

Sordo's frustration was compounded when it became clear an opportunity to seize back the lead from rival Loeb was missed.

"[I hit] a small stone at the beginning of the stage, some kilometres in," said Sordo.

"Unfortunately the tyre broke at the end but we did almost the whole stage like this."

For Loeb, the Frenchman was surprised that his seemingly innocuous impact caused such damage to the tyre.

"There was a stone on the line, on the inside," said Loeb, who had taken the lead from Sordo earlier on Saturday.

"I didn't think it was enough to give me a puncture but it did."

Sordo remains in contention in third place, 17.4s behind Ogier, and well clear of Hyundai team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, who is almost a minute adrift, with Loeb now fifth.

Ogier's run was far from incident-free though. The defending champion had a scary moment early in the stage as his Fiesta WRC narrowly avoided a bank as it became unsettled following a compression.

The Frenchman then had to avoid a stray dog but held his nerve to claim his third stage win and second in a row on day two.

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 2h55m14.1s
2 Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 3.8s
3 Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 17.4s
4 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1m12.9s
5 Sebastien Loeb, D.Elena Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 2m08.2s
6 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 4m18.5s
7 Pontus Tidemand, J.Andersson Skoda Motorsport Skoda 7m52.0s
8 Gus Greensmith, C.Parry Ford 12m54.5s
9 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 15m36.7s
10 Pedro Heller, P.Olmos Ford 18m40.9s


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