Ogier loses Mexico appeal

Sébastien Ogier’s appeal into his Power Stage points penalty at Rally Guanajuato Mexico has been rejected.

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s case was heard by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal in Paris earlier this month and the sport’s governing body announced today that the Frenchman had lost his argument.

Event stewards hit the WRC championship leader, who won the rally, with a 10sec penalty after his Ford Fiesta struck a chicane in the event-closing Las Minas Power Stage.

Ogier’s original time placed him second in the stage rankings behind Ott Tänak, gaining four bonus points to add to his championship challenge. The decision to add 10sec to his time relegated Ogier to seventh and out of the top five points-paying positions.  

The judgement to uphold the decision means the drivers’ points standings will be unchanged. The manufacturers’ championship was not affected by the appeal.

The court ordered M-Sport Ford to pay all the costs related to the hearing.

Read the full FIA judgement here (Hearing of Friday, 4 May 2018 (Case ICA-2018-01)

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