viernes | 07 mar 2014

Ostberg líder en México

Mads Ostberg holds a narrow lead over world champion Sébastien Ogier after this morning stages in the opening leg of Rally Mexico.

Mads Ostberg holds a narrow lead over world champion Sébastien Ogier after this morning stages in the opening leg of Rally Mexico.

Each claimed two stage wins but Ostberg returned to the León service park with a 3.3sec advantage in his Citroen DS3. The lead would have been larger but he lost time in the final test when co-driver Jonas Andersson forgot to remove the radiator blanking plate, which keeps the engine warm on road sections, before the start.

Ogier stretched his overnight advantage in his Volkswagen Polo R by winning the opening Los Mexicanos test before Ostberg moved ahead with fastest time in the 44.03km El Chocolate. He moved 6.6sec clear with quickest time in Las Minas before Andersson’s error.

Mikko Hirvonen lies a further 8.0sec behind in a Ford Fiesta RS despite a left front puncture in the opening stage. Despite ploughing the loose surface gravel as first car into the stages, Jari-Matti Latvala minimised his losses and lies fourth, 19.2sec off the lead.

Kris Meeke and Robert Kubica complete the top six, despite a problem with the hydraulic system on the Pole’s paddle shift gearchange. Elfyn Evans, Martin Prokop, Thierry Neuville and Benito Guerra complete the top 10.

Andreas Mikkelsen se ha visto obligado a abandonar después de haber roto la suspensión de su Polo R WRC en una salida de pista en la que ha golpeado una roca, mientras que Chris Atkinson está teniendo un debut para olvidar con su Hyundai i20 WRC. Ha tenido problemas con el sistema anti-lag, con los frenos y ha roto la suspensión trasera derecha perdiendo casi 4 minutos y medio.

Yuriy Protasov lidera el WRC 2 con su Fiesta R5 y cuenta con 7.1 segundos sobre el Fiesta RRC de Lorenzo Bertelli y Max Rendina es tercero con su Mitsubishi Lancer. El primer líder de la categoría, Ott Tanak, ha tenido que abandonar tras salirse y haber arrancado una rueda de su Fiesta R5.

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