Guanajuato, Mexico – Sebastien Ogier has retaken the lead in the World Rally Championship with a win in Mexico for the M-Sport Ford team.
The five-times world champion finished 1m13.6 ahead of Hyundai’s driver Dani Sordo with 2017 winner Kris Meeke, third for Citroen.
Reigning champion Ogier, who has now won two of the season’s three rallies to date, also took an extra four points for the second fastest time in the final Power Stage, won by Estonian Ott Tanak in a Toyota.
Ogier, a four-times winner in Mexico, had gone into the weekend 10 points behind Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, who finished sixth on Sunday with an additional two bonus points. Ogier now has 60 points and leads Neuville by nine.
France’s nine-times world champion Sebastien Loeb, making the first of three guest appearances with Citroen this season, had led early on but finished fifth after losing time with a puncture.
Meeke had been on course for second before a crash three stages from the end tipped his car on its side, leaving the Ulsterman third after spectators helped get him back on the road.
“I’ve never been as frustrated with a third place,” said Meeke, who beat Ogier in 2017 despite a late excursion into a car park. “I feel a bit stupid. I had everything to win the rally and I didn’t do the job.”