Sun 14:43 - In the meantime
keep an eye on wrc.com - or the wrc app if you're out and about - for all the latest news from the FIA World Rally Championship. Adios!
Sun 14:38 - Up next: Rallye de Portugal
which gets underway on 3 April
Sun 14:37 - That's about it from Mexico
The podium celebrations are about to begin and we're going to pack up the wrc.com live text desk.
Sun 14:35 - A great save from Bertelli
Who snatches back the WRC2 runner up spot from Rendina on the final stage. He lost the position when he rolled on Saturday.
Sun 14:33 - Rally Mexico WRC2 result
1: Protasov, 2: Bertelli 23m43.9s, 3: Rendina 23.49.8s, 4: Tanak 26m19.2s 5: Linari 27m38.8s, 6: Fuchs 29m27.0, 7: Bestard 56.33.7
Sun 14:24 - Neuville home!
The Belgian has reached the Hyundai service area.
Sun 14:04 - Car looks okay.
It's missing a front bumper, and smells a bit like a brewery, but otherwise it appears to be in good shape
Sun 14:03 - Neuville's car surrounded
by media and team members. Neuville looking calm as he waits in the line of cars to check-in to service.
Sun 13:59 - Neuville has reached service!
Sun 13:48 - Neuville: 2km from service
Sun 13:45 - Neuville: 4km from service
Sun 13:39 - Neuville: 17km to go
until the safety of the Hyundai service area and Neuville is running out of celebratory lager to top-up his car's radiator. THIS is why the WRC is the best sport in the world!
Sun 13:33 - Neuville desperation!
He's stopped again to top the radiator up with more beer
Sun 13:32 - Can Neuville make it to service?
He has about 20km to go. If he can't make it back then he will retire - losing his third place.
Sun 13:27 - Neuville underway again
With Corona beer in his car's cooling system!! Damaged system has been filled with all available fluids
Sun 13:22 - Neuville has stopped
The bonnet of his Hyundai i20 is up. Fluid reported to be leaking from its front end
Sun 13:21 - Neuville problems?
Worrying news from the road section from SS22 to service.
Sun 13:16 - Final positions in Mexico
1: Ogier, 2: Latvala 1m12.6s, 3: Neuville 5m28.6s, 4: Evans 6m49.3s, 5: Prokop 9m54.4s, 6: Guerra 12m57.6s, 7: Atkinson 15m15.4s, 8: Hirvonen 17m06.8s, 9: Ostberg 25m41.6s, 10: Protasov (WRC2) 28m18.2s.
Sun 13:09 - Power Stage points winners
3 points to Ogier, 2 points to Latvala, 1 point to Hirvonen
Sun 13:08 - Three beers for the winners!
Rally Mexico top three Ogier, Latvala and Neuville are celebrating at the stage end. No champagne here though - they have massive bottles of Corona instead
Sun 13:03 - Ogier celebrates!
He and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are on the roof of their Polo
Sun 13:02 - SS22: But Ogier beats him!
Seb wins Rally Mexico and takes three Power Stage points with a time through SS22 of 4m34.2s
Sun 13:00 - SS22: Latvala quickest!
His time of 4m36.0s is the new benchmark - and 3.1sec quicker than Hirvonen!
Sun 12:58 - Rain spots on the stage
Latvala's wipers are on
Sun 12:57 - SS22: Neuville second quickest!
A great end to the rally for the Belgian who secures Hyundai's first podium!
Sun 12:55 - SS22: Best yet for Evans
The Welshman completes and bags fourth place - the best result of his WRC career!
Sun 12:52 - SS22: Prokop finishes
And its fifth place overall for the Czech. "I'm really happy, no big problems and I'm happy like hell. This result is great for us."
Sun 12:50 - SS22: Guerra completes
And he's delighted with sixth overall. "It's my best result ever in WRC - two places better than last year. This should be good for the sponsors!" Let's hope so. If they're happy we could see Benito back in Argentina.
Sun 12:45 - SS22: Atkinson through
in a time is 4m55.1sec. Looks like seventh overall for Atko on his first event with Hyundai. “Okay, we’ve not really had a clean run all weekend. Of course I wanted to be faster but after our earlier problems I’ve driven at 85% to get the car through. The objective was to get both cars to the finish and that’s looking good.”
Sun 12:42 - SS22: Hirvonen completes
His time is 4m39.1s. Should be eighth overall for Mikko.
Sun 12:34 - SS22: We're off again!
Hirvonen began the stage at 1234hrs
Sun 12:29 - SS22: Meeke completes
But on the back on a lorry. Blockage clear, the stage will restart soon. Hirvonen is on the start line checking his car's tyre pressures.
Sun 12:25 - SS22: Tow truck on the scene
Meeke's car being is dragged backwards onto the deck. A hugely disappointing end to his Rally Mexico debut. After his Friday retirement, this is an event he'll want to forget.
Sun 12:21 - SS22: Stage stopped
While Meeke tries to drive the car off the stage. No chance. It's flapping right-hand front wheel is stopping it moving. Tow truck on its way.
Sun 12:17 - SS22: Meeke's car stranded
in a narrow section less than 3km into the stage. Spectators are trying to move it now.
Sun 12:14 - SS22: Meeke out!
The Northern Irishman loses his Citroen on a long right-hander. From the heli-cam it looks like Meeke clipped a front wheel on something on the inside of the corner.
Sun 12:11 - SS22: Live and underway
Sun 12:11 - Power Stage points
3 to the stage winner, 2 for second quickest and 1 for third. All WRC crews can score EXCEPT those that retired yesterday. So that means Mikkelsen and Ostberg cannot score.
Sun 12:06 - Power Stage start order
This stage is going out live on TV, so the running order has been tweaked a little: 1: Meeke, 2: Hirvonen, 3: Atkinson, 4: Mikkelsen, 5: Ostberg, 6: Guerra, 7: Prokop, 8: Evans, 9: Neuville, 10, Latvala, 11: Ogier.
Sun 12:01 - Up next: Power Stage finale!
With the lead of the rally to decide and three bonus championship points on offer, all eyes are on the repeated 8.25km El Brinco
Sun 12:00 - SS21: Ostberg fastest
He's a massive 5.7sec quicker than Latvala.
Sun 11:56 - SS21: Ostberg flies again
His opening split is 0.2sec up on Latvala. With no chance to take points on the Power Stage, it looks like Mads is out to prove a point.
Sun 11:54 - SS21: Latvala fastest so far
his time is 1.1sec quicker than Ogier's. No worries for the previous WRC runners who are through in one piece.
Sun 11:43 - Protasov DOES have an issue
the WRC2 leader is losing time because his Fiesta R5 has a broken front drive-shaft. He broke it going over the jump on today's opening Super Special.
Sun 11:40 - SS21: Hirvonen quickest so far
a time of 7m12.5 puts him ahead of other finishers Meeke, Atkinson, Guerra and Prokop.
Sun 11:30 - SS21: Meeke through
The Citroen driver completes the 11.63km Derramadero in a benchmark time of 7m16s
Sun 11:28 - SS21: Live and underway
Sun 11:19 - Latvala fans relax
Word from the road section to SS21 is that his car is fine. Whatever caused him to get out and have a look after SS20 is no concern now. The Finn is busy swapping tyres around for SS21,
Sun 11:17 - SS20: Protasov completes
And his lead is intact. Protasov's time is 6m22s slower than WRC2 pace-setter Ott Tanak's but he's still in the lead.
Sun 11:14 - SS20: Protasov update
The WRC2 leader is on stage and haemorrhaging time, but this could be a deliberate strategy to safeguard his position. With a 24minute lead, how many risks would you take?
Sun 11:09 - All WRC crews through SS20
And no huge dramas to report. No changes to their positions and they're off now to SS21
Sun 11:06 - SS20: Mads fastest!
Ostberg steals the stage win from Ogier. He is 5.7sec quicker. He thought he had a puncture but all is okay.
Sun 11:04 - SS20: Mikkelsen safely through
He is third quickest, 25.3sec slower than Ogier. "Taking it easy, keen to get the experience here."
Sun 11:02 - SS20: Ogier's 250th stage win?
Maybe. He's relaxed, confident and fastest so far, but Ostberg's splits are better...
Sun 10:59 - SS20: Latvala concerned?
He's fastest so far in a great time 25sec quicker than Meeke, but he jumps out of the Polo at the stop line to have a look at the front of the car. He thinks he might have suspension issue, but can't find anything wrong. He's off now to SS21
Sun 10:56 - SS20: Neuville through
He is second quickest and another to complain about brakes. The 55km section clearly taking its toll on the cars
Sun 10:54 - SS20: Brake concerns for Evans
The Welshman unhappy with his Fiesta's brakes. He's going to bleed the system before SS21. A decent time of 36m48.5s - perhaps helped by a lack of brakes.
Sun 10:52 - SS20: Huge moment for Prokop
He reckons it's one of the biggest moments of the year so far. A big spin that almost turned into a roll. No damage though. "Everything is pointing in the right direction."
Sun 10:49 - SS20: Guerra clear
A spin for the Mexican but he seems to have got away without any damage to his Fiesta.
Sun 10:47 - SS20: Issues for Atkinson
He's 1m39.9s slower than Meeke and reports gearshift and brake problems with the Hyundai. He's going to bleed the brakes before the next stage.
Sun 10:44 - SS20: Problems for Protasov?
A very slow first split. Could be a cautious approach - he has a huge WRC2 lead remember - or an issue. At this rate Tanak will catch him in the stage.
Sun 10:43 - SS20: Splits watch
Latvala, Ostberg and Ogier are quicker than Meeke early in the stage. Long way to go.
Sun 10:42 - SS20 Hirvonen clear
His time is 13.6sec slower than Meeke's. "No problems, just trying to keep a good rhythm and save the tyres for the Power Stage."
Sun 10:39 - SS20: Rain a bonus for Meeke
Meeke finding the stage conditions pretty good. He's first on the road, but the overnight rain has helped bind the loose gravel so it's less of a disadvantage running early in the order. He's happy and confident.
Sun 10:35 - SS20: Meeke completes
And from the look of the splits it's a fabulous time. 36m26.1s
Sun 09:45 - Sunday's start order
1: Meeke, 2: Hirvonen, 3: Atkinson, 4: Guerra, 5: Prokop, 6: Evans, 7: Neuville, 8: Latvala, 9: Ogier, 10: Mikkelsen, 11: Ostberg,
Sun 09:41 - SS20: And so to Guanajuatito
It's 29.34km from the Super Special and crews are en route now. First car due to start at 0958hrs
Sun 09:39 - SS19: WRC2 Tanak fifth fastest
It's another blinding time from the Fiesta R5 driver, who beats seven World Rally Car crews. If only he hadn't binned it on day one...
Sun 09:35 - SS19: Protasov spins
A small mistake costs the Ukrainian a couple of seconds, but with a WRC2 lead of more than 24minutes he can afford to have a few more
Sun 09:34 - SS19: Ostberg versus Protasov
Ostberg is back with Rally 2 and sets the third quickest time, but there's no hiding his disappointment after retiring from second place yesterday. And with Saturday's Rally 2 re-starters ineligible for Power Stage points he doesn't have a huge amount to fight for today
Sun 09:29 - Intercom issues for Mikkelsen
His earlier crashes mean today was his first attempt at the Super Special. He gets a good time, 1.6sec adrift of Ogier's, but says he has issues with his helmet intercom. He's off to try and fix the system before Guanajuatito.
Sun 09:26 - SS19: Ogier versus Mikkelsen
And Ogier is quickest in 3m22.0s. It's his 249th stage win. What does he think of that? "I'm not focused on that, I'm only interested in getting my 18th victory." Nice answer.
Sun 09:22 - SS19: Latvala versus Neuville
and Neuville is quickest so far in 3m24.5s. "I had a good run. I really enjoyed myself. Just a small problem with visibility because my wipers weren't working and I had water on the screen" Latvala: "I was not being cautious - I made two mistakes. I ran wide twice and that's where I lost my time. Also, the car set-up is high for the long stage, so it's not the best here."
Sun 09:16 - SS19: Evans versus Prokop
And Evans is impressing the crowds with some nifty drifting. Unintentionally, it turns out. "It was quite slippery out there. It was quite a shock. Under control though - it was all okay." Propkop is 1.6sec quicker. "A nice warm up for the day. The next stage will be something..." Hirvonen still fastest so far
Sun 09:09 - SS19: Guerra versus Atkinson
And its a great time for local hero Guerra, who is 2.1sec quicker than the Aussie. "It's nice to win here in front of all my people. Guanajuatito is going to be tough though. I'm carrying two spares because it's so easy to make a mistake." Atkinson: "I took it pretty easy here. Benito is going well here and we weren't going to try and beat him. At the moment it's more important for us to get through."
Sun 09:04 - SS19: Hirvonen and Meeke
are the first pairing. Mikko is fastest, having been lured into a battle. "I should have taken it easy but when there's someone to fight it's hard not to go for it!" Mikko fastest so far in 3m25.7s
Sun 08:59 - Weather conditions
Dry, bright and sunny. There was a short, sharp thunderstorm in Leon last night, but there is little evidence of that now in service. There might be some damp sections on the gravel stages however
Sun 08:57 - SS19: Live and underway
Sun 08:57 - Midday service?
There isn't one. Crews will tackle all four stages - that's 80.km - without a trip to the service park. Any problems out there, they'll have to fix themselves
Sun 08:55 - But here's the long
The 55.92km Guanajuatito is the longest stage of the rally and the biggest challenge of the day. Having this monster on the final day adds a huge chunk of uncertainly to the leaderboard. The stage starts at 0958hrs
Sun 08:50 - Slightly short
Is Derramadero. 11.63km and due to start at 1121hrs
Sun 08:49 - Another shorty
Is the rally closing 8.25km El Brinco. It starts at 1208hrs and is the Rally Mexico Power Stage.
Sun 08:46 - In the short corner
and our first stage today at 0855hrs, is the final visit to the Autodromo Super Special. Cars will run in head-to-head format as before but complete two laps consecutively, so the distance is up to 4.42km.
Sun 08:43 - Rally Mexico's final day
is a mix of the long and the short
Sun 08:42 - It's Sunday in Leon
and the wrc.com desk of text is open for business
Sun 08:41 - Buenos dias desde Mexico!
Sat 19:44 - Sunday at Rally Mexico
Kicks off at 0855hrs with a final spin around the Leon Autodromo Super Special. Join us here at the wrc.com live text desk from 0850hrs. Until then, keep an eye on the wrc.com news section for the latest updates from Mexico. Buenas noches!
Sat 19:41 - Saturday final WRC2 standings
1: Protasov, 2: Rendina 24m41.5s, 3: Linari: 27m58.7s, 4: Tanak 35m11.8s, 5: Fuchs 37m01.8s, 6: Gilbert 41m25.7s, 7: Bestard 57m04.7s
Sat 19:12 - Saturday final WRC top ten
1: Ogier, 2: Latvala 1m00.3s, 3: Neuville 4m37.0s, 4: Evans 5m24.0s, 5: Prokop 8m02.5s 6: Guerra: 10m33.6s, 7: Atkinson 12m18.3s, 8: Hirvonen 16m09.4s, 9: Meeke 17m18.9s, 10: Protasov 17m35.0s
Sat 19:08 - 18 of 22 stages complete
Which leaves us with four Rally Mexico stages and 80 competitive kilometers to go on Sunday
Sat 19:06 - And that's it for Saturday's leg
Sat 19:05 - SS17/S18: Tanak versus Fuchs
Goes Tanak's way on both heats
Sat 18:59 - SS17/18: Good finish for Mikko
He's third fastest on SS18. Protasov - our WRC2 leader - is through cleanly.
Sat 18:55 - SS17/18: Hirvonen vs Protasov
On track now. Hirvonen with a World Rally Car advantage over the R5 spec Fiesta of Protasov
Sat 18:48 - SS17/18: Spin for Meeke
He loses his Citroen DS3 in a corner, but recovers elegantly by spinning a full 360 to get back on the track. "I didn't do the stage last night and there's a huge rut in the middle of a corner and it completely hooked the front around." Meeke loses the first heat to Prokop but sets the fastest time so far on the second.
Sat 18:44 - SS17/18: Meeke and Prokop
On track now.
Sat 18:42 - SS17/18: Lucky escape for Ogier!
He's quickest in both heats, but clipped a barrier on the second pass hard enough to put his Polo on two wheels and nudge a rear tyre half off the rim. He got away with it though and arrived at the stop control cool as a cucumber. "That was a big one. II didn't expect that. It's okay though, just lost a bit of time."
Sat 18:29 - SS17/SS18: Ogier versus Neuville
Neuville has his work cut out here...
Sat 18:28 - SS17/SS18: It's a draw!
Evans faster on SS18 while Latvala has the upper hand on SS17. Evans didn't have time to rotate his tyres before the stage and believes this contributed to understeer.
Sat 18:21 - SS17/SS18: Latvala versus Evans
Wales vs Finland on track now
Sat 18:20 - SS17/18: Guerra crowd pleaser
"I went for it here! In front of my home crowd I had no other option." The Mexican is 3.1sec quicker than Atkinson on the first pass (as SS17) but is beaten by the Aussie on the second (SS18).
Sat 18:18 - SS17/18: Atko brake problems
"I went to go to the start and my rear brakes had gone! I could get a little handbrake but not much. We're still here though and we're still in the points. We took a risk with the car set-up this afternoon but it wasn't the right direction. That hurt hurt me but it's been useful for the team."
Sat 18:13 - SS17/18: First pairing on track
It's Atkinson and Guerra. Atko understandably careful around the left-hander he fluffed last night.
Sat 17:51 - WRC top five after SS16
1: Ogier, 2: Latvala 58.5s, 3: Neuville 4m33.9s, 4: Evans 5m18.9s, 5: Prokop 7m58.2s
Sat 17:49 - Up next: The Super Special
Last night it put Kubica on his roof and fired Atkinson through a wall of plastic bollards. What's on the menu tonight? We'll find out when the action starts at 1808hrs.
Sat 17:46 - SS16: WRC2 leader through
Another clean run for smiling Ukrainian Yuriy Protasov. With a lead margin of more than 22minutes he has every reason to be happy.
Sat 17:41 - SS16: Hirvonen flies!
A massive 30-metre plus jump over the El Brinco jump but Mikko *just* misses out on the stage win. His time is good enough for second quickest, 0.3sec adrift of Ogier. "Good stage but not perfect - I believe I can improve tomorrow." Mikko a Power Stage winner here in 2011.
Sat 17:37 - It's adios Kubica
M-Sport has told us that Robert Kubica will not return on Sunday. The roll cage in the Pole's Fiesta RS was damaged in his roll today.
Sat 17:34 - SS16: Lead Volkswagens clear
And Latvala and Ogier claim the two fastest times so far, with Ogier fastest by 2.3sec.
Sat 17:31 - SS16: Elfyn Evans is in
The modest Welshman thumps in another good time - 10.4sec quicker than Prokop's. "I wasn't expecting it to be as rough in there, so we gave away some more time to Neuville, but we kept out of trouble - that's the main thing." He remains fourth overall on his first time in Mexico.
Sat 17:26 - SS16: Neuville quickest so far
His time of 4m45.9s is 7sec quicker than Prokop's, but the Belgian didn't have a comfortable ride. "There is a big compression on a right-hand corner near the start and we hit it so hard we cracked the windscreen."
Sat 17:21 - SS16: Prokop and Guerra
Through safely. Prokop the quicker of the two by three seconds.
Sat 17:20 - SS16: Huge crowds on stage
Especially at the El Brinco jump - which pitches cars into flights of 20-30 metres.
Sat 17:17 - SS16: Atkson completes
"Still a bit loose, but we'll make a few changes to the set-up and hope for a good run tomorrow on the Power Stage."
Sat 17:14 - SS16: Atko looking good
We're watching him in Mexico live on TV. Very neat and tidy in the Hyundai i20
Sat 17:11 - SS16: Live and underway
Sat 16:53 - WRC top five after SS15
1: Ogier, 2: Latvala 56.2s, 3: Neuville 4m28.2s, 4: Evans 5m08.4s, 5: Prokop 7m45.5s
Sat 16:48 - That's it for SS15
Up next is the Live TV El Brinco test that gets underway at 1708hrs. This stage will be re-run on Sunday as the decisive Power Stage.
Sat 16:46 - SS15: Tanak, on the other hand
blew his chance of WRC 2 victory on Friday, has nothing to lose and is going like hell. His time is 1m15.8s quicker than Protasov's. "Its okay, but a difficult drive. The tyres are hot and it's slippery out there but I'm enjoying the drive. We have had a clean day today, so I have to be happy."
Sat 16:39 - SS15: Protasov cautious
With a massive lead in WRC 2, the Ukrainian can be forgiven for a very cautious approach to the stage. "Very long stage and I drive very carefully, avoiding the rocks. Okay, but not so fast!"
Sat 16:37 - SS15: Testing times for Hirvonen
Down in 10th after his Friday retirement, Hirvonen is third quickest and using the opportunity to get reacquainted with the gravel-spec Fiesta. "We are trying a few different things with the car and trying to learn from it. I'm starting to get a really, really good feeling in the car. I don't have to think about how to drive it."
Sat 16:32 - SS15: Ogier hits 40
He bags VW's 40th stage win of the season and the 12th of Rally Mexico. And he seems utterly unflappable. "We keep a good rhythm. The grip was a little bit better than this morning."
Sat 16:25 - SS15: Latvala looking for more
He's fastest so far. "To be honest it was pretty slippery,. I'm finding it more difficult this afternoon than this morning. If I could fine-tune the set-up I would be a bit happier."
Sat 16:22 - SS15: Big push from Neuville
"I went flat-out for the whole stage and I really enjoyed it. Okay, we're missing a bit of traction and the car is jumping about a bit, but I managed to have a good stage. We really need to change the dampers - we are at the end of the clicks now - but we can't do that here." His time of 30m37.0s is fastest so far and 1m22.9s quicker than Atkinson.
Sat 16:18 - SS15: Brake problems for Prokop
Sat 16:17 - SS15: Lucky escape for Guerra
The door of the Mexican's Fiesta is bent and won't open. "We hit a tree but I think the car is okay. I was trying to push a little bit more, but I missed a braking point and we slid off. It was scary seeing that tree getting closer. That was a horrible thing. I hit my elbow but I'm okay."
Sat 16:13 - SS15: How was it Atko?
"I thought it was worse than the morning pass. I couldn't push at all - it was too dangerous. It looks like the set-up changes we made have taken things in the wrong direction, so we might change it back in service tonight. We're here to learn..."
Sat 15:44 - SS15: Live and underway
Sat 15:19 - Up next: SS15
The partial repeat of Otates. Crews will tackle 10km less this time however, so the stage name is tweaked to Otatitos - or 'small Otates' - see?
Sat 15:12 - SS14: Spin for Tanak
The WRC2 ace loses around 10sec. His Fiesta is sporting left-hand front wing damage but he thinks it is only superficial
Sat 15:11 - SS14: WRC2 leader through
Protasov clears with no drama. His earlier power steering issues seemingly cured by a re-set of the system.
Sat 15:04 - SS14: Hirvonen following instructions
In service, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson told Mikko to go out this afternoon and enjoy himself. He seems to be doing this. Some set-up changes have also cheered him up. He is third fastest.
Sat 15:02 - SS14: Meeke close to Ogier
The Mexico newbie is just 8.9sec slower. "It's a lot better with a bit of experience. I'm still not taking any chances - just trying to get comfortable in the car."
Sat 14:58 - SS14: Ogier stretches ahead
Another fastest time (17m30s) and he's almost one minute ahead of Latvala. He's sounding calm and relaxed in the Polo. "That was a nice stage, the grip is quite nice now. One alarm when I hit a rock I couldn't avoid. Sometimes that's how it is on this rally."
Sat 14:55 - SS14: Latvala driving for second
"It was a bit more difficult on the line but faster on the fast sections. All we can do now is try to keep going and control the position. We can't catch Ogier."
Sat 14:53 - SS14: Evans denies podium fight
He's within striking distance of Neuville, but insists that gaining experience is more important. Through the stage he's just 1.2sec slower. The gap ahead to Neuville in the overall standings is just 12.3sec.
Sat 14:50 - SS14: Neuville's heat concerns
"My car set-up is a bit soft and that led to the rear tyres getting too hot. I also struggled with the brakes, so we need to work on that." Despite the issues he's fastest so far in 17m49.4s
Sat 14:47 - SS14: Prokop enjoying Fiona
That's the name of his Fiesta RS. "This afternoon is perfect. I have a very good feeling and grip on the road." He and Fiona are fastest so far in 18m10.2s.
Sat 14:45 - SS14: Improvement for Guerra
He's sixth overall - which should please his sponsors - and happier with the set-up of his Fiesta RS. "The road surface for the second pass is much better. We made some changes to the set-up in service. We stiffened the rear suspension and it felt much better."
Sat 14:40 - SS14: A cleaner line for Atko?
"A bit better but the line is not great. We made some set-up changes. We improved it in some areas and made it worse in others. We're learning a lot" His time is 18m15.6s
Sat 14:29 - SS14: Live and underway
First-on-the-road Atko began the repeat of Ibarrilla at 1419hrs
Sat 14:27 - Weather update
A few clouds in the sky and a moderate breeze but the general picture is warm (22 degrees) and sunny
Sat 14:25 - Welcome back!
We're back at the text desk for the afternoon loop of stages
Sat 12:15 - Crews now heading to Leon
For the midday 30-minute service. First car due in at 1306hrs
Sat 12:14 - SS13: WRC2 update
Ott Tanak fastest through despite the rear of his car wandering around due to a suspension misalignment. Category leader Protasov eases off the pace to safeguard his position.
Sat 12:07 - SS13: Career best for Evans?
The Welshman is fourth and on course for his best WRC finish yet. His best so far is 6th at this year's Rallye Monte-Carlo and Sardinia and Germany 2013.
Sat 12:03 - SS13: Neuville up to third
Will the new Hyundai team claim its debut WRC podium in Mexico?
Sat 11:56 - WRC top five after SS13
1: Ogier, 2: Latvala 48sec, 3: Neuville 3m51.6s, 4: Evans 4m02.7s, 5: Prokop 5m55.4s
Sat 11:53 - SS13: Ogier in control
Another fastest time (36m40.1s) and Sebastien stretches his rally lead to a relatively comfortable 49sec over his team-mate Latvala. "I just controlled the pace. Not so much speed now, just trying to keep it clean."
Sat 11:48 - SS13: Ostberg retires
Sad confirmation from Citroen that Mads is out of Saturday's competition. They will return on Sunday as Rally 2 entries
Sat 11:46 - SS13: Latvala safely through
In a new fastest time of 36m42.1sec. He's second now. "I'm doing what I can, I cannot do more than that. When you start to take risks here you can see from the other drivers what happens."
Sat 11:42 - SS13: Neuville up to third
Belgian quickest so far in his Hyundai i20 in a time of 37m19.7s. It moves him ahead of Elfyn Evans by 11.1sec
Sat 11:38 - SS13: Kubica rolls!
34km from the start and the former F1 star is on his roof again. That's twice in as many days.
Sat 11:34 - SS13: Guerra unhappy
He's quicker than Atkinson by 14.4sc but still annoyed at running near the head of the field when the Rally 2 competitors are further down the order. He has a headache too...
Sat 11:33 - SS13: Roll takes Mikkelsen out
Confirmation from Volkswagen that the Norwegian is out of the day. He cut a corner just before the 10km point and rolled his Polo R. Crew both okay but it's a massive disappointment for Mikkelsen who also crashed out on Friday and wanted to build his Mexico experience today
Sat 11:30 - SS13: Atko through
The Hyundai i20 driver is first to complete in a benchmark time of 38m38.2s. "The last half was so loose it was ridiculous, it was like ice. I couldn't push. For sure it will be better this afternoon."
Sat 11:21 - SS13: Mikkelsen stopped
According to the official event tracking system. The Volkswagen driver is less than 10km into the stage
Sat 11:11 - SS13: Ostberg on the spanners again
He's stopped on the road section from SS12 to SS13 to remove his Citroen's left-hand rear drive shaft. It's a complex job that involves bleeding the brake system. He and Andersson have another 23km to go, and less than three minutes if they are to make their SS13 start time. Time penalties inevitable.
Sat 10:54 - SS13: Live and underway
Chris Atkinson was first to start the 53.69km Otates at 1046hrs. Following crews starting at 3-minute intervals.
Sat 10:52 - WRC top five after SS12
1: Ogier, 2: Ostberg 41.2s, 3: Latvala 47.0s, 4: Evans 3m09.0s, 5: Neuville 3m12.0s
Sat 10:47 - WRC2 top five after SS12
1: Protasov, 2: Rendina 13m08.9s, 3: Linari: 16m24.3s, 4: Tanak 38m57.9s, 5: Fuchs 39m11s
Sat 10:39 - SS12: Bertelli out?
He has stopped on stage. Sounds like he's rolled his Fiesta RRC.
Sat 10:32 - SS12: Protasov in the wars
The runaway WRC2 leader has brake issues and, more seriously, no power steering. He does however have a massive lead in the category if what we're hearing about Lorenzo Bertelli is true
Sat 10:27 - Ostberg update
He and Jonas have secured the suspension upright with a combination of cable-ties and three ratchet straps. If they can get the car through the next stage and back to service a decent result may still be possible.
Sat 10:27 - Ostberg on the move again
He and Andersson are about to set off aboard their patched up DS3. National pride is at stake for the Norwegian / Swedish partnership. Ostberg is asked if the repair will hold "Of course it will hold. This is a viking fix."
Sat 10:25 - SS12: It's a VW 1-2-3
Mikkelsen is third-quickest to give the German squad the top three stage times on Ibarrilla. Stat fans take note that this is the 14th time Volkswagen has scored a stage time 1-2-3 in the WRC
Sat 10:18 - Ostberg turns mechanic
He and co-driver Jonas Andersson are speaking to their Citroen team on the telephone and working hard to fix their car. They have removed the wheel and discovered a broken left-hand rear suspension upright. A 53.69km stage stands between them and the sanctuary of the midday service...
Sat 10:13 - SS12: No worries for Ogier
The rally leader sets the fastest time of 17m44.3s. His overall lead now up to 41.2sec over the battle-scarred DS3 of Ostberg. "I saw the line of Ostberg - it looked like he went off... I went wide myself, but it was okay, we drive it clean."
Sat 10:10 - SS12: Ostberg out?
The left-hand rear wheel is knocked out of alignment. He has stopped after the stage end control to inspect the damage.
Sat 10:09 - SS12: Disaster for Ostberg!
His Citroen's left-hand rear suspension is badly damaged. "Too fast into a corner, slid wide and hit the rear on a bank."
Sat 10:08 - SS12: Latvala vs Ostberg
Latvala first to complete in the battle for second. He is 10.8sec quicker than his Norwegian rival. "I'd need a miracle to catch Ogier, so I'm looking at Ostberg's splits. They look okay but maybe I was too aggressive with my braking in some places."
Sat 10:05 - SS12: But Kubica is quicker
18m22.1s a great start for the Pole after his rather embarrassing exit from Friday's leg
Sat 10:03 - SS12: Evans quickest so far
Young Welshman, fourth overall, pulls further ahead of Neuville in the standings. He was a slender 1.5sec ahead after SS11. The gap now up to 3sec. Not enough to relax yet... "That was a nice clean drive. It feels good, but I was a little cautious in some of the faster sections. Definitely room for improvement later."
Sat 09:59 - SS12: Positive start for Neuville
The Hyundai team leader is fastest so far in 18m26.1s. "I drove well, but started to lose the brakes towards the end so backed off. I tried to be very smooth, no worries."
Sat 09:57 - SS12: Prokop clear
No worries for the Czech, who seems happier with the set-up of his Fiesta than he was on Friday
Sat 09:54 - SS12: Guerra: blurred lines
The former PWRC champ is through, and doesn't reckon there's much of a road-cleaning advantage following Atkinson. "His lines were sideways in a lot or corners and I did the same. It's difficult to be near first on the road here." The Mexican also critical of rules that seed Rally 2 re-starters further down the order where road conditions should be cleaner. His time was 5sec slower than Chris's
Sat 09:50 - SS12: Atkinson through
And it's a trouble-free run for the Hyundai driver who completes in a benchmark time of 18m42.9s. "Okay, no problems, a clean run. Sliding about a lot in some of fast sections and losing time but okay, no major problems."
Sat 09:47 - Weather report
No surprises. It's lovely out there today. Clear blue skies, a light breeze and a temperature expected to hit 24 degrees later on
Sat 09:46 - Kubica placed sixth
In the start list because the order was determined before he put his Ford on its roof last night.
Sat 09:45 - Rally 2 restarters
Meeke, Kubica, Mikkelsen and Hirvonen are back with us today. Rally 2 entries run behind the main runners in the start list - which explains why they are after Ogier. Except...
Sat 09:41 - Here's the full WRC start list
1: Atkinson, 2: Guerra, 3: Prokop, 4: Neuville, 5: Evans, 6: Kubica, 7: Latvala, 8: Ostberg, 9: Ogier, 10: Mikkelsen, 11: Meeke, 12: Hirvonen
Sat 09:38 - Saturday's road order
Is a reverse of the leaderboard, which puts Chris Atkinson in the unenviable position of first of the road. It's going to be a slippery day for the Aussie.
Sat 09:33 - It's all about length today
With four monster stages in the Sierra de Lobos mountains north east of Leon. Up first - and run twice today as SS12 and SS14 - is the 30.33km Ibarilla. SS13 Otates, at 53.69km, is the longest of the day. It makes a return in the afternoon in a slightly shortened form as the 43.06km Otatitos (SS15)
Sat 09:22 - Coming up today
Seven stages totalling 170 competitive kilometres. It's the longest day of the rally
Sat 09:20 - Good morning from Mexico
It's Saturday, 0920hrs, and we're in Leon getting set for day three of Rally Mexico
Fri 18:51 - That's all from us tonight
We'll be here at the text desk from 0920hrs on Saturday. In the meantime, keep up to date with all news and videos from Mexico on wrc.com.
Fri 18:50 - Rally Mexico - Saturday
Day two features seven stages including two passes of the 53km monster that is Otates. The first stage - Ibarilla - kicks off at 0928hrs.
Fri 18:44 - Overall WRC2 standings
1: Protasov, 2: Bertelli 4m21.6s, 3: Rendina 11m23.3s, 4: Linari 14m19.9s
Fri 18:42 - Overall WRC standings
1: Ogier, 2: Ostberg 26.1s, 3: Latvala, 42.5s, 4: Evans 2m28.7s, 5: Prokop 3m31.1s, 6: Guerra 5m06.0s, 7: Neuville 5m30.6s, 8: Atkinson 6m32.8s
Fri 18:37 - That's all of Friday's stages complete
So here's a summary of the overall standings
Fri 18:36 - Exciting stuff
We can't remember a more incident-packed Super Special. And the drivers have to tackle it another three times this weekend!
Fri 18:25 - SS10/SS11: Atko safely through
A great recovery from Chris, who completes the circuit with the loss of only 15 seconds. "The guys said the tarmac was slippery - there's oil or something on that one corner. I saw the concrete bollard and went for the plastic ones. I'm glad I did." He's satisfied too after an incident-packed day. "We always knew there was work to do. The car feels great, we've enjoyed it."
Fri 18:20 - SS10/SS11: Atkinson off!
Atko aborts from a tight corner and crashes his Hyundai i20 WRC through a wall of plastic bollards. He has got back on the road and doesn't seem to have damaged his car.
Fri 18:18 - SS10/SS11: Something on the road?
The stage was recently re-surfaced and Prokop reckons there is something strange about the road surface. "I don't know if it's oil or water but there's normal grip and then nothing..."
Fri 18:12 - SS10/SS11: Kubica confusion
Kubica's co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak says they should have been allowed to tackle SS11. Instead, they were told not to. Sounds like the event stewards will be involved later to determine whether Kubica will take a retirement penalty or continue with a notional time.
Fri 18:09 - SS10/11: Neuville completes
"I knew something was wrong when I didn't see his dust in a corner - he had to be stopped somewhere. The tarmac here is very slippery - it's like ice in places. Personally, I'm satisfied with what I've achieved today. We've learned a lot."
Fri 18:06 - SS10/S11: Kubica misses restart
Kubica's head-to-head was with Thierry Neuville who is now driving the SS11 repeat on his own. Looks like Kubica is out for the day and will get a 10 minute penalty.
Fri 18:02 - SS10/11: Kubica on the move again
Marshals have put Kubica's car onto its wheels and he's driving slowly around the stage. The car is looking a bit sorry for itself. There's frontal damage from the impact with the bollard, the right-hand rear wheel is damaged and the windscreen is smashed. Will he get it back to service?
Fri 18:00 - SS10/SS11: Kubica and co-driver okay
He missed a braking point for a left-hand hairpin and clipped a concrete bollard, which bounced his car onto its roof.
Fri 17:56 - SS10/11 Kubica rolls!
The Pole has put his Ford Focus RS on its roof in the Super Special.
Fri 17:56 - SS10/11: Latvala through
"It's been a pretty good day. For sure the afternoon wasn't any easier than the morning - still some slippy stuff on the top. Overall I'm satisfied. No mistakes and tomorrow the target is to go after Ostberg"
Fri 17:52 - SS10/11: Second pairing on track
It's Latvala versus Evans
Fri 17:51 - SS10/11: Ogier in control
Our reigning WRC champ rounds off his day with a rally lead over Ostberg of 26.1sec. "It's been a great afternoon, but certainly not an easy one."
Fri 17:48 - Ostberg completes SS10/11
Two circuits, starting first in one lane and then the other, and the day is complete for Ostberg who is a fine second overall. "To be honest I'm very pleased with the day. We struggled a bit in the afternoon, but you need experience of the car here - and we don't have that. We tried something and it didn't really work out."
Fri 17:38 - SS10/11: Standby. Stage is live
Fri 17:14 - All eyes on the Super Special
Two passes around the head-to-head, mixed surface test are coming up as SS10 and SS11. Drivers will tackle the Super Special five times this weekend, so they'll know it pretty well by Sunday. SS10 kicks off at 1737hrs.
Fri 17:01 - SS9: Neuville on a mission
He's gathering data for Hyundai on the gravel, but slipped his leash on the tarmac and is third quickest: "I pushed like hell!"
Fri 16:50 - SS9: Top three complete
Ogier leads the rally, with Ostberg second, 23.1sec adrift, and Latvala - fastest so far on SS9 - 17.2sec further back in third.
Fri 16:44 - SS9: Latvala clear
And feeling positive after eight stages today that have been far better than he had expected. He has some comments on today's retirements too: "This is a tough event - as I have experienced myself. On the recce you think the roads are nice, but the fact is that on the repeat especially there are lots of rocks around - and they are not forgiving..."
Fri 16:39 - SS9: Live and almost underway
The repeat of the Parque Gto Bicentenario street stage is the first of three spectator-friendly sprint tests this evening.
Fri 16:38 - SS8: Bertelli explains time loss
The Italian was on course to snatch the lead of WRC2 from Yuriy Protasov on SS7. Instead he lost 4m24s. "We were driving a very good stage and were very close to Yuriy when we got a puncture. We had no option but to stop and change it."
Fri 16:27 - SS8: Guerra wary
The retirements of Hirvonen and Meeke have benefited Guerra, who is now up to tenth. "I'm doing better, but so are the other guys... The road is getting rougher now on the second pass. There are big rocks and it's easy to damage the car."
Fri 16:21 - SS8: Meeke out
Citroen confirms his retirement near the end of SS8 with a damaged suspension arm
Fri 16:11 - SS8: Still no sign of Meeke
Hirvonen's retirement would have promoted him to third but he has lost a stack of time and is yet to emerge from the stage.
Fri 16:09 - SS8: Hirvonen out!
Word from M-Sport is that Mikko has stopped with an electrical problem. He was third after SS7 but retired three kilometres into SS8.
Fri 16:07 - SS8: Highs and lows for Meeke?
At the 4.8km split he's 4.6sec quicker than Ogier. At the 10.3km split he's 59.4sec slower...
Fri 16:04 - SS8: Ostberg loses ground
He's slower than both Ogier and Latvala. "It's not so bad but for sure we're not perfect on the second passes. Its not really bad but it's not where I want to be."
Fri 16:01 - SS8: Ogier in the groove
3.1sec quicker than Latvala, our new rally leader appears supremely confident at the stop control. "That was a bit easier than the one before. Another good stage for us."
Fri 15:58 - SS8: Latvala optimistic
"I like this third stage of the loop and it felt really good. I hope this will be a good time."
Fri 15:52 - SS8: Live and underway
Fri 15:49 - SS7: Huge time loss for Bertelli
The split times show he's lost more than 4 minutes to WRC2 leader Yuri Protasov. He had a handbrake issue earlier. This looks like something more serious...
Fri 15:42 - SS7: Kubica's car at full strength
The pneumatic gear-shift system was fixed in service. "It's all good. I have to thanks the guys, the system is working now. Lets try and continue in this direction. I hope to drive nice and steady to the end. I think I'm driving well." His time is sixth fastest, 25.9sec adrift of Ogier's
Fri 15:37 - SS7: Prokop set-up error
"We changed it and now it's too hard, the car is oversteering"
Fri 15:30 - Ogier the new rally leader
He said he was happy. His time in SS7 is the fastest so far and moves him ahead of Ostberg into a 13.7sec lead
Fri 15:26 - SS7: Meeke settling in
"I got into a good rhythm there. Good times against the others. It feels like I've found a comfortable pace." His time is second quickest and moves him ahead of Latvala into 4th overall
Fri 15:23 - SS7: Ostberg downbeat
"Not so perfect. Disappointing. I struggled on the stage with a lot of oversteer." No confirmation of stage times yet.
Fri 15:19 - SS7: Ogier into the lead?
He needs to take 1.2sec from Ostberg. Has he done enough? "Very hot in the car but I'm happy we have done a good time." Let's see...
Fri 15:17 - SS7: Cool head for Latvala
He's through cleanly. "I think it felt alright but still quite slippery. Physically it was more demanding than the earlier pass. It's very hot in the car. This rally is long, I need to stay cool."
Fri 15:00 - SS7: Live and underway
Friday's road opener Latvala started the repeat of El Chocolate at 1441hrs
Fri 14:58 - SS6: Bertelli brake issues
The WRC2 driver reports a faulty handbrake. He remains second in class, 10sec behind WRC2 leader Yuriy Protasov
Fri 14:48 - SS6: Atkinson's car back to 100%
"No problems. Okay, a stressful morning but let's get back in the game and try and catch the guys in front"
Fri 14:46 - SS6: Guerra eyes Kubica and Prokop
He's trying to match their times, but fell short in SS6. "I'm going to push harder"
Fri 14:38 - SS6: Improvement for Neuville
On the earlier pass (SS2) he was 14.4sec off the fastest time. On the repeat, he's 9.6sec adrift. "In service we made some changes and the feeling is quite okay. I'm quite pleased with my driving. We try to continue like this."
Fri 14:32 - SS6: Set-up changes for Hirvonen
The Finn was fiddling with his Fiesta's set-up throughout the morning but changes at the midday service have gone down well. "I'm really happy with them." His time is 2.5sec adrift of Ogier's, keeping him third overall - just 11.7sec off the lead
Fri 14:28 - SS6: Dust bulletin
Visibility not an issue for this second pass. The sun is high in the sky and a welcome breeze is blowing the dust away
Fri 14:26 - SS6: Ostberg's lead down to 1.2sec
He is slower than Ogier by 2.1sec. "I'm never happy to lose time but to be honest I'm pretty happy with my drive. Generally it was a good stage, but in a few places not pushing well enough."
Fri 14:22 - SS6: Scare for Ogier
Ogier got out of shape on a hairpin near the start and nearly stalled his VW. He reckons the incident cost him 2sec. His time of 7m33.7sec is quickest so far
Fri 14:19 - SS6: Better for Latvala
He's still first on the road, but there's a cleaner line to follow on the repeat of Los Mexicanos. "A lot better. Lots more grip on the ground and that makes it easier for me." His time of 7m37.6 is 6.1sec quicker
Fri 14:06 - SS6: Live and underway
Fri 11:29 - Midday service underway
Crews now arriving at Leon for a 30-minute service break before the afternoon repeat
Fri 11:28 - Mexico top-5 after SS5
1: Ostberg, 2: Ogier 3.3sec, 3: Hirvonen 11.3sec, 4: Latvala 19.2sec, 5: Meeke 25sec
Fri 11:21 - SS5: Hirvonen relieved
To make it through the morning loop after his puncture on SS2. With only one spare, he couldn't afford to get another.
Fri 11:13 - SS5: Ostberg loses 3sec
His rally lead trimmed to just 3.3 second after an oversight from his co-driver led to engine overheating: "Jonas forgot to take the radiator mask off - so not so nice."
Fri 11:08 - SS5: Latvala delighted
A clean run through the short street stage rounds off a great morning for the Finn who thought running first on the road today would be a nightmare. "A really good morning. It's not been easy - I'm not on vacation here - but now we can get to service and I think it will be a bit easier this afternoon. At least there will be some clean lines, and better traction, on the braking and acceleration areas."
Fri 11:04 - SS5: Underway
Fri 11:04 - SS4: Bertelli loses WRC2 lead
The Italian is now 7.4sec behind Yuriy Protasov after ongoing brake problems picked up on SS3.
Fri 11:00 - SS4: More problems for Atkinson
After his earlier anti-lag issue, Atko loses more time with broken right-hand rear suspension. "It happened on a long left-hand corner. I felt something strange - I though it was a puncture. We didn't hit anything. I think an arm is broken."
Fri 10:55 - SS4: Guerra going in the right direction
A temporary fix to his car's loose steering rack seems to have worked okay. "Things are improving"
Fri 10:52 - SS4: Kubica gearshift okay
He thinks his earlier problem was caused because the pneumatic system overheated. It was not a problem on this stage.
Fri 10:43 - WRC2: Fuchs update
The Peruvian is out for the day. His Fiesta RRC has a broken suspension arm. He hopes to restart on Saturday.
Fri 10:38 - SS4: Hirvonen second quickest
Another good stage for the Finn, who is now up to third overall. 'I tried to push as hard a possible. I didn't want a second puncture but luckily we go through okay."
Fri 10:36 - SS4: Meeke relaxed
This is his first Rally Mexico and he seems happy with it so far. "Not too bad. I preferred this one to the longer stage before. I'm sitting in a good rhythm. The car has been really good and I'm learning how to drive when you're at this altitude and down on so much power." His time is 14.3sec adrift of his team-mate Ostberg's.
Fri 10:29 - SS4: Ostberg 'on target'
Looks like another fastest time for Mads who extends his rally lead over Ogier to 6.6sec. "A very good start. I'm very pleased. The car is working well so far and I'm on my target. I'm having fun - and that helps too."
Fri 10:26 - SS4: Ogier is quicker
But by only 0.3sec. The Frenchman unable to make much use of the swept line left by his team-mate.
Fri 10:23 - SS4: Latvala completes
And he's still in a positive state of mind. "I felt good on the stage - the best of the day so far. Hopefully the time will be good. I found good grip." His time is 11m24s.
Fri 10:20 - SS4 Underway
Stages coming thick and fast this morning. Leading crews are now tackling the 15.59km Las Minas
Fri 10:19 - Tanak update
His Fiesta R5 slipped off the road near the start of SS3 and lost its left-hand from wheel. He's out of today's competition.
Fri 10:16 - SS3: Guerra has steering damage
Sounds like his Fiesta's steering rack was damaged early in the stage. The Mexican reports that the system is moving about. He's going to try and fix it before SS4.
Fri 10:14 - SS3: Kubica shift issues
The Pole hampered by problems with the unique gear-shift system in his Fiesta. With little strength in his right hand, his shifter has pneumatic assistance - but the system failed for 30km.
Fri 10:09 - VW confirms Mikkelsen exit
Team recovery truck en-route to pick up the Polo which has broken suspension. The team hopes to get him out again tomorrow.
Fri 10:06 - SS3: Neuville philosophical
Hyundai is using this rally as part of its testing programme, so Neuville is not too concerned to be 57.2sec slower than Ostberg's fastest time. "I tried my best but I didn't feel very comfortable. We missed a bit of power, but we knew that. We can do some work on the damping here but we won't gain a lot."
Fri 10:01 - SS3: Fuchs stopped too
Double drama in the WRC 2 category. Fuchs has stopped 5.3km in.
Fri 10:00 - SS3: Tanak in trouble
The Estonian WRC2 star is stopped less than 2km from the start line. A huge disappointment after his giant-killing time on Thursday's opener.
Fri 09:57 - Hirvonen tweaking his Fiesta
"The road is cleaning in some places but not others." The Finn is still working on the set-up to find the right compromise.
Fri 09:54 - Meeke on Mikkelsen
The Citroen driver passed Mikkelsen in the stage. "He went off in a narrow section. It looks like he went wide and hit a rock. I nearly did the same thing. I backed off after that."
Fri 09:50 - Mikkelsen update
His Polo R is stopped off the road 22.1km into El Cholocate
Fri 09:47 - SS3: Ostberg attacks
He did well in Mexico last year - and it's looking good this time too. Mads is fastest so far through SS3 - 3.0sec quicker than Ogier - and becomes the new rally leader.
Fri 09:45 - SS3: Ogier finding it tough
"Second on the road but the surface is still very slippery. We do what we can. Of course we will lose time here. We would have no chance if the whole rally was based on this stage."
Fri 09:42 - SS3: Latvala upbeat
He's through and doesn't sound too unhappy about his road sweeping role. "Everything was okay - I thought I'd lose a lot of time. It was incredibly slippery in places though, especially on the uphill sections."
Fri 09:34 - SS3: Mikkelsen off
According to WRC TV crews in the stage. No further news yet...
Fri 09:31 - This year’s El Chocolate
Is a mixture of stages from the last couple of years. The opening 25kms is the same as El Chocolate 2013 while the final 19 kms was used in 2011 as Ortega.
Fri 09:27 - SS3: now underway
With a peak altitude of 2637m, El Chocolate is the highest stage of the rally. World Rally Car engines produce 25 - 30 percent less power than normal at this altitude.
Fri 09:19 - Atkinson down on power
More bad luck for Atko after his Hyundai i20 stopped on the Guanajuato street stage last night. He drives SS2 with no turbo anti-lag system. "The switch fell off before the start and I couldn't fix it. So no ALS, no power, just driving through."
Fri 09:15 - Guerra makes his debut
A solid start from the Mexican rally hero who completes his first stage in a Fiesta World Rally Car. His time is 19sec slower than Ogier's
Fri 09:09 - Bizarre Prokop delay
Sounds like he couldn't get his car up a steep hill to the start line. Had to reverse and take a run up!
Fri 09:07 - Slow start for Neuville
It's the first WRC gravel stage for the i20 World Rally Car and Neuville's time is 14.4sec slower than Ogier's. "There was some dust but it was a good clean run. The start is not perfect though." Can he improve? "Not a lot"
Fri 09:01 - Split times?
There are none on this short stage. Normal service will be resumed on the longer ones.
Fri 08:58 - Flat tyre for Hirvonen
His left-hand front is soft at the finish. "We had a puncture four or five kilometres. It's okay, we didn't lose too much time because it's quite a short and slow stage." His time is 3.2sec slower than Ogier's.
Fri 08:55 - Cautious start for Meeke
"A lot of dust and in a tricky section through the bushes I was in 2nd gear when I should have been in 5th. The road surface doesn't seem to be cleaning much." Meeke slowest through so far in 7m46s. Ogier still fastest.
Fri 08:52 - Bumper damage for Mikkelsen
His Polo R sporting a knock to its front end. Doesn't sound like anything to worry about. "We hit a rock on the third corner. The dust was so bad I couldn't see the road and clipped something. The dust was terrible - really bad."
Fri 08:50 - Dust for Ostberg too
Cars are starting at three minute intervals today but the Norwegian still had trouble seeing through the dust - especially with the sun still low in the sky. Was he able to make use of a swept racing line? "When I could see it - yes"
Fri 08:47 - Ogier quickest
Ogier quickest so far in 7m40.2s but not reporting much benefit in following his team-mate's tyre tracks. "I didn't see so many lines at all to be honest." Ogier also reporting poor visibility as dust from Latvala's car hangs in the still air.
Fri 08:44 - SS2: Latvala through
The championship leader running first on the road today. Not the best position on Mexico's loose gravel roads. "The road was is good condition. Very clean, no rocks, but on the surface there is a lot of pollution [dusty gravel]. I'm not on the hard ground yet. For sure it's slippery." His benchmark time is 7m 43.7sec.
Fri 08:41 - SS2: First stage underway
Fri 08:40 - After midday service
Crews will repeat the morning loop of stages and then make two passes of the 2.21km mixed surface head-to-head Super Special near Leon. In total today we're looking at 10 stages and 148.62 competitive kilometres.
Fri 08:35 - Friday’s schedule
Starts with a loop of three gravel stages in the countryside: The short Los Mexicanos (9.88km) the monster El Chocolate (44.03km) and the somewhere-in-the-middle Las Minas (15.59km). This is followed by a 2.60km blast on asphalt around the Parque Gto Bicentenario spectator stage.
Fri 08:35 - Cars have left service
At the Poliforum in Leon, and have driven east to today’s opening loop of stages in the hills around Guanajuato
Fri 08:35 - Welcome back
To our live text coverage of Rally Mexico
Thu 20:57 - Until then, good night!
We'll resume our text coverage from 0830hrs on Friday.
Thu 20:56 - Friday's opening stage
Is the 9.88km Los Mexicanos that gets underway at 0832hrs
Thu 20:54 - Coming up on Friday
Are ten stages and 148 competitive kilometres, based largely in the hills east of Guanajuato
Thu 20:51 - That's all for Thursday
A short and sweet prelude to the proper gravel action that starts on Friday.
Thu 20:47 - Top 10 after SS1
1: Ogier, 2: Tanak 0.3sec, 3: Mikkelsen 0.4sec, 4: Meeke 0.6sec, 5: Latvala 0.8sec, 6: Neuville 1.1sec, 7: Ostberg 1.3sec, 8: Hirvonen 1.4sec, 9: Kubica 1.7sec 10: Bertelli 2.3sec
Thu 20:43 - Tanak second fastest!
An incredible time of the 53.2sec from the Estonian in his WRC2 R5-spec Fiesta. "That's different, and enjoyable."
Thu 20:36 - Problems for Atkinson
When his Hyundai i20 WRC stops 100 metres into the stage. "I don't know what happened but we reset the car and it started again." His time is 1m 17.6sec.
Thu 20:33 - Biggest screams of the night
are reserved for Mexico's Benito Guerra. The stage end sounds like a One Direction concert. A good result here could get him five more WRC rallies this year. His time of 56sec puts him ninth overall so far - a good start.
Thu 20:31 - Kubica: A long way from F1
Our F1 refugee is through in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. "That was something special. A tarmac stage with gravel tyres is certainly not the same as F1 - it's good fun though..."
Thu 20:28 - Decent start for Neuville
His time of 54sec puts him fifth so far. Neuville scored his first WRC podium on this rally in 2013. What can he do in the new Hyundai i20 this year?
Thu 20:26 - Cautious start for Evans
The Welshman is another Mexico virgin, so he took it cautiously through SS1. He's slowest so far in 56.4sec but loved the Guanajuato experience. "It's fantastic. Probably the best stage I've every experienced - there were so many people. No dramas though, quite slippery but no risks."
Thu 20:21 - Meeke impressed
Mexico is a new rally for Kris. And he's greeted at the stage end by crowds of screaming fans. "Incredible. I've never witnessed so many people so enthusiastic on a rally. A long, long way to go..."
Thu 20:17 - Ostberg excited
Mads clearly loving the carnival atmosphere tonight. "The people really make it. One of the best stages of the year. It's absolutely fantastic." His time is 54.2sec
Thu 20:15 - Ogier plays it safe
But still trumps Latvala's time with a new best of 52.9sec. "The real start is tomorrow. It's always slippery here and you have to be careful - no risk at all tonight."
Thu 20:13 - Latvala through
No worries for the VW man, first on the road tonight in a benchmark time of 53.7sec
Thu 20:09 - Weather update
It's a beautiful clear night in Guanajuato with a temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.
Thu 20:05 - Street Stage running order
WRC crews run in championship order tonight and on Friday. That puts Jari-Matti Latvala out first, followed by: Ogier, Ostberg, Mikkelsen, Meeke, Hirvonen, Evans, Neuville, Prokop, Kubica, Guerra, Atkinson
Thu 19:03 - Join us from 2000hrs (local)
When our WRC Live radio and text coverage will get underway. You’ll find links to all our Rally Mexico information via the ‘LIVE’ tab on the wrc.com homepage
Thu 19:02 - The opening stage
The Monster Street Stage, kicks off at 2009hrs and is like no other in the WRC. It is just 1.01km long and takes competitors - in darkness - through underground tunnels built by silver miners in the 1600s. If you’ve ever watched The Italian Job, it’s a bit like the scene when the Minis are driving through the sewers
Thu 19:01 - Thursday’s itinerary
Kicks off at 2000hrs with the start podium in front of the spectacular Alhondiga de Granaditas, a historic - and enormous - landmark building in the City. Tens of thousands of spectators are flocking there now…
Thu 19:01 - Tonight, however
Is the start ceremony and opening stage in the colourful and picturesque former silver mining town of Guanajuato, 55km away
Thu 19:01 - Coming up
Are three days of gravel rally action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on tracks in the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains north and east of the city
Thu 19:01 - We’re in Leon
In the state of Guanajuato - pretty much bang in the middle of the country - typing to you from the service park
Thu 19:00 - Welcome back to wrc.com
And to our live text coverage of Rally Mexico – round three of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship
Thu 09:58 - Good morning from Mexico
Shakedown is underway and our wrc.com live stream cameras are up and running. To see pictures from service, plus features from our WRC TV team, select the 'live' button on the homepage of wrc.com, then follow the LIVE STREAM link.