Kris Meeke has won the Rally of Mexico, but it has done
with a large dose of intrigue. Have more than 30 seconds of advantage at the start of
the last day of the test has not been sufficient to prevent a final
gasp. The pilot in northern ireland suffered an off track a few metres from goal and although he had to ride a parking lot with their Citroen C3 WRC, finally
I got the first triumph of the new World Rally Car of the French brand. Sébastien
Ogier and Thierry Neuville completed the podium a rally at the Dani
Sordo has finished eighth.
The last stage of the Rally Mexico started with
peace of mind that offered a rating with the posts very defined. The
tires mounted almost identical to all the pilots did not augur well for the future
dramatic end that he was going to live in the stretch of ‘Derramadero’. All in all,
before the Power Stage the riders faced the 32,96 miles ‘The
Calera’, a stretch in which the leader had just root with any choice of
attack his main rival. However, Kris Meeke is also noted the scratch on
the SS18 beating in 6.3 seconds to Sébastien Ogier.
With Kris Meeke consolidated his victory and Sébastien Ogier
satisfied with the loot added in the Rally of Mexico in terms of the championship,
the Power Stage was defined as a fight for the extra points with ‘actors
side’, or at least that is what I could think. A fight to the Dani
Deaf came with some problems in the windshield wipers, and with feelings a
both found after all the problems accumulated during the rally.
For his part, Jari-Matti Latvala faced ‘Derramadero’ with the sixth
locked position and this was noted.
Finally it was Thierry Neuville who scored the scratch
in the Power Stage after signing a time of 12:13.9. The belgian driver was closing as well
a positive Rally of Mexico with his first podium of the season and five points
extra. Sébastien Ogier, for his part was carrying four points after finishing
second. Ott Tanak was third to pick up three points, while Jari-Matti
Latvala and Dani Sordo shared the 2 and 1 point to the fourth and fifth
position, although to tell the truth none of the two pilots will leave satisfied
the Rally of Mexico for the circumstances experienced.
Be that as it may, the image of the rally and the Power Stage is not the
let none of the top five fastest riders. He was the leader, without the need of
risk, that he made a mistake that almost leaves him without a win. When just
missing a few meters to the goal, Kris Meeke was long a curve to the
right and went off track. The irish fell to a sort of parking and
after losing the direction, got return to the right path and to escape from the
improvised trap dodging the cars of the fans. The maneuver will cost 23.7 seconds, loss without
however not prevented him from clinch the victory.
In the end, Kris Meeke got the victory by a margin of
13.8 seconds over Sébastien Ogier it was the first win of the
Citroen C3 WRC. Very far from the two pilots head, Thierry Neuville
managed to finish the rally on the podium in what has also been the first
success of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe. Without options to fight with the belgian, Ott Tanak
it was fourth and Hayden Paddon fifth. In a dose of reality after the
successes in the first two rallies, Jari-Matti Latvala finished sixth, escorted
by his teammate Juho Hänninen. Dani Sordo meanwhile was eighth, followed by
Elfyn Evans and Pontus Tidemand.
For his part, Pontus Tidemand has taken the victory in
WRC2. After starring alongside Eric Camilli, an intense battle throughout
throughout the rally, the pilot Swedish has had the ability to score a goal
differences at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia R5 in the last two sections of the
test. In fact, Tidemand started the day with just two seconds of advantage
on the pilot of the French, but the result of their two scracth barreling your income
up to 42.7 seconds when crossing the finish line. In this way, Tidemand
claimed his second consecutive victory in the second category in the world championship.
light years ahead of the intense battle starring Tidemand
and Camilli, Benito Guerra finished third at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia R5.
Co-driven by spaniard Borja Rozada, the mexican pilot got a
positive result in front of his fans in what is their first rally in WRC2
this season. For his part, Peter Heller was fourth after re-enlist for
‘Rally 2’ to the final day of the test.
final Standings of the 14th Rally of Mexico
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||3:22:04.6|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+13.8|
|3rd||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+59.7|
|4th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+2:18.3|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+3:32.9|
|6th||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+4:40.3|
|7th||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+5:06.2|
|8th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+5:22.7|
|9th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+8:41.8|
|10th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+10:51.9|