Kris Meeke has taken a step closer to victory in the Rally
Mexico. The pilot in northern ireland has taken advantage of the spin suffered by Sébastien
Ogier in the loop the evening of the Saturday to shoot your advantage up to 33.4
seconds in the absence of a super special stage and of the two sections of the Sunday. Thierry
Neuville closes the provisional podium of a test in which Dani Sordo has
seen renewed its options to add points, while the
commissioners of the third meeting of the WRC will have returned for part of the time lost unfairly during
the two super special on Friday at the Autódromo de León.
After knowing first-hand the requirements of sections
during the morning, the riders of the premier class opted for mounting of tyres
very different. While Ogier went out with 2 tires hard and 3 soft, Ott
Tanak, Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon opted for to invest the number of both
compounds. Toyota for its part, remained faithful to the tires S5 soft,
while Thierry Neuville was mounted on four rubber soft and a hard. Variety
strategic that however was the reason, at least in the first instance, to a
Sébastien Ogier is noted the scratch on the SS12.
All in all, the French was not the only driver to make a
positive balance of the second pass through ‘Half Moon’, any time that Dani Sordo
got to get in the fight for the noble area of the rally. In the own goal
of the stretch, the spaniard looked like the stewards gave him two times
fictional in the SS7 and SS8 left him 4 minutes and 45 seconds head, but
positioned eighth, and with options to fight with the pilots of Toyota for the sixth place. A new perspective that put even more value on the
third place, joined by Deaf in the SS12.
The WRC, always so capricious, aplacaba the euphoria of the
two protagonists of SS12. Kris Meeke is also noted the scratch on ‘Slabs of Gold’,
victory vital stretch to be able to win the Rally of Mexico. Not
however, Sébastien Ogier suffered a spin in the final of the SS13,
recognizing already in meta and tires mounted had been wrong. Not
were things better Deaf. The spaniard, prick through the link,
accusing ride with a worn tire. In addition, the driver of the Hyundai had to
roll with your trunk open when you not close it well after the change of wheel.
Not end there the scares for Deaf, who disputed the SS14 with problems in his Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe that made him lose valuable seconds to Latvala. All in all, Ott Tanak took advantage of the situation to get the scratch in ‘The Jump’ after beating Ogier by 0.4 seconds. Back in the Autodromo de Leon, Elfyn Evans joined the party with a double-scratch in two passes for the super special stage, times that served him to settle permanently in the eighth position. In addition, Jari-Matti Latvala beat Juho Hänninen in the fight for the sixth position.
despite desllantar, Kris Meeke didn’t lose big time in the Autódromo de León and managed to maintain a strong advantage over Sébastien Ogier by over 30 seconds, the margin that the post-super special at the Fair of Lion nor is it altered in excess. Behind both, Thierry Neuville holds a comfortable third position that neither Ott Tanak nor Hayden Paddon can threaten. More battle is for sixth place, at least between the two pilots Toyota, because it seems complicated that Deaf can reach Jari-Matti Latvala or to Juho Hänninen. The area of points the complete Elfyn Evans and the two protagonists of the duel more intense the rally.
however, the battle for victory in WRC2 is still very strong, to the point of being the fight more interesting of the Rally of Mexico. After starting the day separated by just over 20 seconds, the duel between Pontus Tidemand and Eric Camilli offered a number of alternations. In fact, Eric Camilli was struck by the leadership with his scratch in the SS12, Pontus Tidemand replied a stretch later, and the distance between the two was limited to 2.7 seconds at the finish of ‘The Jump’. Fighting every tenth, Pontus Tidemand managed to recover their leadership in the two passes through the circuit of the Autódromo de León.
In the absence of a super special stage and the two sections of the Sunday, Pontus Tidemand and Eric Camilli are separated by 0.6 seconds. The Swedish and French, the official drivers of Skoda and M-Sport respectively, they will play everything on one card in the last two stages of a test has had at the local Benito War as a mere spectator. In fact, War yields more than six minutes with his Skoda Fabia R5 with respect to the leaders. All in all, the mexican still in the race, something that you can’t say the chilean Pedro Heller after suffering an accident on the SS14.
Classification after SS16 of the 14th Rally of Mexico
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||2:46:13.9|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+33.4|
|3rd||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+1:12.9|
|4th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+2:12.7|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+3:26.1|
|6th||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+4:32.5|
|7th||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+4:33.2|
|8th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+5:18.2|
|9th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+8:23.8|
|10th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+9:26.1|
The Rally Mexico closes with the contention of the fourth stage during this Sunday. The riders will face only two segments. Pilots must complete a total 54,90 kilometres against the clock.