OGIER TAKES WRC WIN IN MEXICO
'The new Sebastien' extends lead at the top of the table with a resounding victory
“This victory at our debut on gravel is very special and will always have a special place in my heart,” said Ogier. “We will definitely celebrate it in style tonight! We obviously have a big lead now in the World Championship, but there are still another ten rallies to come.”
Throughout the rally Mads Ostberg in the M-Sport Fiesta looked like being the only man capable of challenging Ogier. But alternator trouble put him out of the running on Saturday, leaving Hirvonen to take the second step. “Second place – back to normal!” he said. “I’m happy to get my first podium of this year but Sebastien was so fast and we couldn’t match his pace. Okay, we have lots of work to do, but I’m happy we’ve finally got on the podium and taken a solid result.”
The result leaves Ogier first in the championship with 74 points, giving him a 31-point championship lead over second-place man Loeb. The gap to Hirvonen, though, currently lying third and Ogier’s nearest title rival, is a massive 44 points.