Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb made it five wins in succession in Mexico but only after then team-mate Sebastien Ogier crashed out on the final morning while leading. The fact Ogier was in a rally-winning position when he hit trouble owed much to his ability behind the wheel but also to the problems that struck Loeb on day two when a 50-second penalty incurred for starting stage 15 late while he and co-driver Daniel Elena raced to fix a broken gear selector pin that had left his DS3 WRC stuck in third gear. Mikko Hirvonen finished runner-up with Jari-Matti Latvala, in a second Ford, third following a puncture on day one. An electrical glitch restricted Petter Solberg to fourth in his privateer Citroen. Mads Ostberg, who finished fifth, was also delayed by a puncture. Ken Block’s challenge faltered when his car broke prior to the start of the Guanajuato street stage on Thursday night, while Dennis Kuipers dropped out of the top 10 when he rolled into retirement on day two.
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Rally Mexico can lay claim to boasting the WRC’s first permanent indoor service park, which is housed within the Poliforum Exhibition Centre in host city Leon. It was also the setting of the shortest overall route in WRC history with the 2007 version featuring a total length of 850 kilometres.
Michelin will supply its Latitude Cross tyre, while DMG runners will use the firm’s DMG+ covers. Both tyre types will be available in a hard compound only.