Sebastien Ogier finds himself in the lead of Rally Mexico after punctures for both Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb, the latter having taken the lead during the morning stages
Loeb had soared into the lead on the morning stages, leading Dani Sordo by just 2.9s at the lunch break whilst Kris Meeke and Ogier had become tied for third place. Loeb had electric pace during the opening pass of Guanajuatito, and beat Sordo by 12 seconds to jump into the lead of the rally. But during SS14, Loeb suddenly stopped around halfway through the stage and both he and co driver Daniel Elena got out to change the tyre. It only took them a couple of minutes, but it has thwarted any chances of him taking an amazing 79th career WRC victory.
Ogier meanwhile had closed to within 15.5 seconds of Loeb at the start of the afternoon. He then found himself suddenly in the lead of the rally and just under four seconds clear of Meeke after, after topping SS14 and with Sordo himself having a puncture and losing time on SS14 to drop back down to third place, but he is still within striking distance of the rally lead and very much in contention for the victory overall. The Spaniard is still just 17.4 seconds behind Ogier. Sordo must be thankful he hasn’t lost too much time, unlike Ott Tanak who suffered engine issues and dropped right out of leading contention and well down the rally order.
Following the afternoon drama there are now five more stages are set to take place throughout the course of the afternoon and evening in Mexico. With Loeb now over two minutes down in fifth place, the fight for victory is now between Ogier, Meeke and Sordo. It is all change at the top of the order.