WRC: Sebastien Ogier leads Rally of Mexico by more than a minute ahead of final day
Last Updated: 09/03/14 9:36am
Sebastien Ogier: Firmly in control at Rally of Mexico
Sebastien Ogier dominated the third day of the Rally of Mexico and will take a lead of more than a minute into the final stages.
The Volkswagen driver reeled off five stage wins on the trot in the hot and dusty mountains around Leon, although his advantage was padded by second-placed Mads Ostberg being forced to retire.
Ogier's only moment of drama came in the final few metres of the last stage when he was one of several drivers to hit a large hole, briefly throwing him on to two wheels and knocking a tyre partly off its rim.
"It was a big one but it's OK, we just lost a bit of time," Ogier said of his late scare.
With Ostberg out, Ogier's team-mate Jari Matti Latvala moved into second place, 60.3 seconds behind, and Thierry Neuville assumed third, albeit more than four minutes off the pace.
Ostberg hit a bank near the end of the day's opening test. He and co-driver Jonas Andersson made repairs to his car and reached the start of the following 53km stage, the damage was too great to continue further.
"I took a sharp right-hand bend too fast and hit the embankment and broke the suspension," a philosophical Ostberg said. "It was all my own fault."
Welshman Elfyn Evans, driving in the race for the first time, remains in fourth after being overhauled late in the day by Neuville.