Kris Meeke reigns in the chaos of the Rally Mexico

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The Rally of Mexico has not booted up under channels
expected
. To the cancellation of the first loop of the day, Friday, has been
added a big dose of drama in the two following sections. The first
foreplay of the new World Rally Cars with gravel and the high temperatures
has not been positive
and most of the pilots have been accused problems
technical and overheating in the young mechanics in their cars. Sailing
the chaos and taking advantage of its favourable starting position, Kris Meeke has been
placed leader of the Rally of Mexico
by delante of Sébastien Ogier and Hayden
Paddon.

The cancellation of the first two special not
prevented the pilots had to face the 54,90 miles ‘The
Chocolate’
point-blank
. A duel that was won by the elements, the whole time
the high temperatures and the dust was causing havoc in the World
Rally Car of new generation, to such an extent that half of them rolled
with any type of problem. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 accused overheating problems and Sébastien Ogier, Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans faced to complete the stretch. The pilot of DMACK even had to stop.

These problems, states the evil of height, is repeated in
the World Rally Cars of almost all pilots. The own Dani Sordo also
saw it as his Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe suffered over the account to complete ‘Chocolate’,
although without a doubt the worst what happened was the leader of the WRC. However,
Jari-Matti Latvala suffered heating problems in the engine, but also
in the shock absorbers and the differential. Due to this incident, the Finnish
was forced to rolling with the Toyota Yaris WRC in ‘link mode’, what
was losing almost a minute and a half.

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Among all these problems, Kris Meeke is scored the
scratch in the SS4
. The irish was one of the few riders that completed
‘Chocolate’ without any type of drama, what he was worth to get almost
ten second advantage over Sébastien Ogier. An advantage that the pilot of
Citroën managed to expand in ‘Mine’
, despite finishing in the fourth
position of the segment. However, the second special returned the peace of mind to
the caravan of the WRC with a scratch of Thierry Neuville ahead of Elfyn
Evans and Dani Sordo
, especially quick in the first part of the segment.

In fact, the second stage of the day left no changes in the
classification of the rally and Kris-Meeke consolidated his leadership with respect to
Sébastien Ogier
, to the left to 15.7 seconds. Hayden Paddon, Dani Sordo and
Thierry Neuville, the three drivers of Hyundai, is placed just behind
the champion of the WRC, being the only ones who, one way or another endure the
lunge on the second loop of the rally. However, Juho Hänninen, Ott Tanak, or
Stéphane Lefebvre have been dejadoun minute and a half by the way
, while
the result of their problems, Jari-Matti Latvala is more than two minutes.

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The battle in WRC2 has been less chaotic, although with only
three contenders. Eric Camilli is also noted the scratch on the SS4 with 17.6
seconds ahead of Pontus Tidemand. Despite the good start to the French,
the pilot Skoda returned the blow in ‘Mine’ and the fruit of it, Pontus
Tidemand leads in the second category with a lead of 20.4 seconds over
Camilli
. Benito War, without real options to be able to fight with the pilots
official Skoda and M-Sport, at least it keeps it at a distance that will
allow to take advantage of any mistake of their rivals.

Classification after SS5 of the 14th Rally of Mexico

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Kris Meeke Citroen C3 WRC 57:15.2
2nd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +15.7
3rd Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +20.3
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +22.8
5th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +24.4
6th Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +1:25.0
7th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:29.4
8th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroen C3 WRC +1:50.8
9th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +2:17.7
10th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +3:08.5

The Rally Mexico will continue with the dispute of the last two super special of the second stage. These sections of the short mileage will take place at the Autódromo de León.