Citroen’s hopes in Mexico
A promising Ostberg
Once he got rid of an offensive Mads Ostberg, Sébastien Ogier took Mexico Rally, the third event of the World Rally Championship. Volkswagen managed another one-two but Citroen remains second in the Constructors table in spite of Chris Meeke’s retirement.
For the first full gravel round in 2014, Ogier reclaimed the points lead from the hands of Jari-Matti Latvala, who ended up second in the mountains and streets surrounding the cities of Guanajuato and Leon. The Frenchman delivered another massive drive but his Day 1 was a testing one as Ostberg lead for four special stages.
The Norwegian’s DS3 WRC then hit a bank 200 m from the finish in the first Special Stage on Saturday morning. As a Rally 2 contender, he took points for his 9th rank, making way to Thierry Neuville and newcomers Hyundai to round the podium.
6. – The figure of special stages won by Citroen drivers in the event as VW harvested the other 15, including 14 for Ogier. Meeke took one before a crash in the Power Stage, and Ostberg five.
“My pace notes weren’t right.” That’s Ostberg’s explanation for his incident late in Ibarilla 1 on Saturday morning. “I didn’t’t brake hard enough, so we carried too much speed and hit a bank on the outside of the corner as we exited it. We managed to finish the stage but the suspension was too damaged to be able to continue. We worked as hard as possible to carry out repairs but we just didn’t have enough time to make it to the start of the next stage,” the 26-year old added.
Mexico rally kicked off on Friday night in very special landscape. The first special stage, cheered by tens thousands of local fans, went through the subterranean streets of Guanajuato, a mineshaft that plunges a breathtaking 600 m, dug when Guanajuato became the world’s leading silver-extraction centre in the 18th century. They are part of UNESCO World Heritage nowadays.
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