A dominating performance from Sebastien Loeb bagged him a sixth successive win Mexico in 2012. Mikko Hirvonen made it a Citroen one-two in second place with Petter Solberg completing the podium for the factory Ford team.
Solberg’s factory Ford team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala was on course to finish third having recovered from a host of setbacks earlier in the event only for disaster to strike on the penultimate stage when he went off the road and rolled after getting distracted when Evgeny Novikov crashed ahead of him. Mads Ostberg survived a puncture on Guanajuatito to finish a strong fourth in his Adapta Fiesta with Ott Tanak fifth for M-Sport.
Mexico tyre facts:
Both WRC suppliers will introduce new evolutions of their WRC gravel tyre for Rally Mexico. Michelin will supply its Latitude Cross to the majority of crews, while DMACK will be offering an updated version of its DMG+2 tyre.
Both Michelin’s Latitude Cross and DMACK’s DMG+2 tyres are available in just one construction and tread pattern, but are offered in two compounds (hard or soft) to suit the varied conditions on the nine gravel rallies in the season.
In Mexico, each WRC crew will have 28 hard-compound tyres available, plus an alternative of 16 soft-compound tyres in case of wet or damp conditions. Each competitor is allowed to use a maximum of 28 tyres across both compounds for the entire event.