After a crushing display on Friday when he won every speed test, the Swede was more circumspect on Saturday as he sought to protect his advantage and claim a third category win in Mexico after success in 2017 and 2018.
Despite not winning any of this morning’s three speed tests, Tidemand extended his overnight lead to more than 75sec.
A puncture and a separate tyre problem, that briefly gave hope to Nikolay Gryazin, were a mere glitch as the 2017 WRC 2 world champion cruised home to a 1min 57.7sec win.
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“We did the job! It wasn’t an easy rally, it was so easy to make a mistake because the grip was changing all the time. When there’s not so much power in the engine because of the high altitude, you need to keep the speed up all the time and be very smooth and we achieved that,” he explained to WRC+.
Russian Gryazin had a puncture of his own in a Hyundai i20. He then survived a lurid spin after a jump at the finish of the afternoon’s Derramadero stage. Damaged transmission meant he conceded time over the final three tests, but the result was sufficient to promote him into second in the standings.
Ole Christian Veiby showed stunning pace as he recovered from yesterday’s brake problems in his i20. He won all three morning stages and overcame a spin to take the final podium position.