Sun 13:34 - Goodbye
Until the next time, we'll wrap up the Live Text from Rally Guanajuato Mexico. See you in Corsica!
Sun 13:32 - Keep your eyes on WRC.com
Until then, keep your eyes glued to WRC.com for all the news, reaction and analysis from a captivating Mexican event.
Sun 13:31 - Next up...
From the high altitudes and gravel of Mexico, to the asphalt of Corsica. The French island is our next stop for round four of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Corsica linea - Tour de Corse will take place between 28 - 31 March.
Sun 13:29 - What a rally!
It was thrill in a minute until the very end, Rally Guanajuato Mexico never disappoints! The final standings are: 1. Ogier 3h 37m 08.0sec 2. Tänak 30.2sec 3. Evans 49.9sec 4. Neuville 1m 27.0sec 5. Meeke 6m 06.2sec 6. Guerra (WRC 2) 15m 35.5sec
Sun 13:27 - Drivers' standings
1. Ott Tänak - 65 points. 2. Sébastien Ogier - 61 points. 3. Thierry Neuville - 55 points. 4. Kris Meeke - 35 points. 5. Elfyn Evans - 28 points.
Sun 13:26 - Elfyn Evans
"The long stage yesterday cost us deal and allowed Ott to close the gap. And really we made the wrong tyre choice, this morning we thought it was right, but it was a lot more aggressive out there. Good to be on the podium but it is disappointing to be honest because I think second was there. But it helps the road position for Corsica I guess."
Sun 13:22 - Manufacturers' standings
1. Toyota Gazoo Racing - 86 points. 2. Citroën - 78 points. 3. Hyundai - 77 points. 4. M-Sport Ford - 45 points.
Sun 13:20 - Sébastien Ogier
"It has always been a special place, I am glad it is still happening that way. It was not a trouble-free weekend for us, but I am glad it finished with no problems. Corsica for sure will be the same target, take the win and maximum points. I'll celebrate on the plane with some champagne and then at home with my wife and my little one!"
Sun 13:17 - Pierre Budar
"What a wonderful result! He made it. He was wonderful all weekend, he managed with the puncture and everything. Even with the puncture he just managed and here on the Wolf Power Stage he is able to take the fastest time, what a performance! It is a love story with Citroën and Mexico, we are happy to give Sébastien and Julien a car to win here."
Sun 13:13 - SS21: Ogier
Ogier secures victory at Rally Guanajuato Mexico and takes five bonus points by just 0.025sec! That has to be the closest winning margin on a Wolf Power Stage!
Sun 13:09 - SS21: Tänak
Tänak gives it everything he's got in his Yaris but he can't come close to team-mate Kris Meeke. He completes the stage 5.7sec off the pace, fifth-fastest with Ogier still to come. Not quite the Ott performance we expect on the Wolf Power Stage.
Sun 13:06 - SS21: Evans
Elfyn rounds out his rally with a podium. A good result overall, but he can't take a maximum points haul on the Wolf Power Stage, he's 8.2sec down - sixth fastest. Still a good points haul for third mind you. We'll hear from Elfyn at the podium.
Sun 13:02 - S21: Neuville
Oh so close! Neuvilleis fastest through all the splits but starts losing time towards the end, he passes the 9.4km split 0.1sec quicker, but he loses time at the end and has to settle for second - 0.5sec down. "My tyres were dead, I had to fight with that. I had to have a good rhythm this morning because if someone made a mistake in front then I would have been there."
Sun 12:58 - SS21: Meeke
Kris's tyre saving strategy seems to have paid off! He completes the Wolf Power Stage with easily the fastest time - 4.8sec quicker than Sordo after one hell of a push. He says: "I threw the kitchen sink at it, honestly don't know if hard or soft was the best tyre. The road will clean a bit. I pushed like hell."
Sun 12:55 - SS21: Latvala
He keeps losing time as the stage goes on, at the second split he's 17.0sec down and eventually he crosses the line 21.3sec off Sordo's benchmark time. What's gone on? "End of the second-last stage, last right-hand corner there was bed rock, it touched the sump guard and somehow it broke the radiator. Basically we had no water, we have this chemical which is like a glue, I fixed the radiator and I ran 500m down to the river to get water in the bottles to fill the radiator. The sump guard was only half-fixed so I couldn't go over any jumps or hit any more rocks because it would have broken the front-end of the car." Blimey, that's quite a drama!
Sun 12:51 - SS21: Latvala
Jari-Matti starts the stage without a front bumper, he's lost it somewhere. And then at the first split he is 12.5sec down.
Sun 12:50 - SS21: Sordo
Dani Sordo matched Esapekka at the first split, lost time on the second two splits but he pulls it back at the end! The Spaniard steals the fastest time by just 0.1sec! What an effort from him. "The plan was to go normal, but I pushed a little bit but on the start line I felt good in the car and I enjoyed it a lot. However, I had to be quite careful because the tyres were quite worn and I was thinking about the manufacturers' championship points."
Sun 12:46 - SS21: Mikkelsen
Andreas can't topple Lappi from the top of the times on this test, he's 1.6sec slower than the Finn as he crosses the flying finish. Despite his restart, he has positives from this weekend: "A lot of positives to take away, the car is much more to my liking. I had a good clean run on this stage, obviously missing the first run on Friday so I was discovering the road a bit."
Sun 12:42 - SS21: Lappi
Esapekka reaches the flying finish and, not surprisingly, takes the fastest time on the stage so far. He says: "I guess all the fights are over from the overall standings, I guess Mr Tänak will be on a really strong push. It is cleaning, but it is what it is."
Sun 12:39 - SS21: Lappi
Esapekka Lappi is the first of our WRC crews and the difference between the top class and the R5 cars is clearly evident, the Finn is absolutely motoring in his Citroën C3.
Sun 12:38 - SS21: Alberto Heller
Alberto rounds out the podium in WRC 2 as he accelerates through the cobbled streets in his Ford Fiesta R5. He's 7.1sec off the pace of Guerra through the Wolf Power Stage.
Sun 12:35 - SS21: Bulacia
Marco Bulacia can't take a hat-trick of stage wins as he picks up a problem on the front-right side of his car, he finishes the stage 17.7sec down but still secures second - 3m 16.0sec down. The 18-year-old tells Molly: "The bad luck is following us. I didn't hit anything. For Argentina we will be stronger." His rivals better watch out, he'll be storming if this rally is anything to go by.
Sun 12:30 - SS21: Guerra
And Benito claims his first WRC 2 victory and in front of his home fans to boot! He goes fastest through the stage by 0.6sec and the cheers from the fans at the stop control are massive. He tells Molly: "It is great, great result, it is the best ever. It is my first win in WRC 2, it is something I have been fighting for for two years and I'm really pleased it is here in Mexico."
Sun 12:27 - SS21: Pieniazek
Lukasz, meanwhile, has reached the end of the stage and the end of the rally. He sets a 7m 11.7sec for everyone else to aim at. He says: "For sure the kilometres are the most important thing so I am pleased I am here at the finish. Next time I will be more confident for sure on these stages which are very demanding."
Sun 12:25 - SS21: Guerra
Benito Guerra breaks the beam at the first split and he is 0.3sec quicker than Pieniazek at 4.36km.
Sun 12:18 - Wolf Power Stage
We are Power Staging! Lukasz Pieniazek gets the Wolf Power Stage underway as he powers his Ford Fiesta R5 onto the test.
Sun 12:09 - Wolf Power Stage road order
1. Pieniazek 2. Guerra 3. Bulacia 4. Heller 5. Lappi 6. Mikkelsen 7. Sordo 8. Latvala 9. Meeke 10. Neuville 11. Evans 12. Tänak 13. Ogier
Sun 11:59 - Stage info: SS21
Las Minas Power Stage, 10.72km Identical to Friday’s stage. Las Minas starts on a big double width road, heading downhill with a series of three kickers. Plenty of flowing corners lead into a narrower downhill section towards the finish on cobbles on the edge of Guanajuato. It starts 300 metres further forward than in 2018.
Sun 11:35 - SS20: Pedro Heller
Just a note from the WRC 2 class - Pedro Heller has retired on Mesa Cuata.
Sun 11:17 - Wolf Power Stage
With the penultimate stage near enough done and dusted, we get ready for the Las Minas Wolf Power Stage. That's due to get underway at 12.18 local time, that's 18.18 in the UK and 19.18 in Europe. You are not going to want to miss it.
Sun 11:14 - SS20: Bulacia
Marco Bulacia, the 18-year-old rising star from Bolivia, claims the fastest time on this stage in the WRC 2 class - 38.1sec quicker than Guerra. That's dropped his deficit to the Mexican to 2m 58.2sec.
Sun 11:11 - SS20: Guerra
The Mexican isn't risking anything here, he crosses the line 22.8sec slower than Lukasz Pieniazek and remains on course for a comfortable victory in WRC 2.
Sun 11:03 - SS20: Ogier
Ogier can't claim the fastest stage time on this test but he won't be too bothered we imagine. He crosses the flying finish 3.9sec down and has lead trimmed to 24.4sec.
Sun 10:59 - SS20: Evans
Evans has pulled back a bit of time here, but he finishes the stage 5.2sec slower than the Toyota driver and his deficit grows to 7.2sec.
Sun 10:55 - SS20: Tänak
Tänak isn't conserving anything here, he's pushing as hard as he can here as he looks to nullify the threat of Evans behind. He eventually breaks the timing beam at the flying finish a mammoth 11.8sec quicker than anyone. At the third split, Evans was 6.2sec slower than the Estonian.
Sun 10:51 - SS20: Neuville
Neuville finally takes the fastest time out of his team-mate's hands as he goes 2.4sec quicker through this 25.07km test.
Sun 10:47 - SS20: Meeke
Kris Meeke completes the stage now and he drops 18.7sec. He won't be bothered though, his eyes are on five bonus points in the Wolf Power Stage.
Sun 10:44 - SS20: Tänak v Evans
So we've got the first split through for the pair battling for second and Tänak is pulling out more time - at the first split he's 1.1sec quicker than the Welshman.
Sun 10:43 - SS20: Latvala
JML cuts it fine on this test, he's 0.1sec to the good on the 23.1km split but can't maintain the pace and finishes the stage second, 0.1sec behind.
Sun 10:39 - SS20: Sordo
Dani Sordo breaks the timing beam at the flying finish and it seems as though he's saving his tyres a bit for the Wolf Power Stage as he ends the stage 7.0sec down on his team-mate.
Sun 10:36 - SS20: Neuville
We've finally got someone going faster than Mikkelsen on this test, Neuville is quicker on the first split - only by 0.1sec mind you.
Sun 10:34 - SS20: Mikkelsen
Andreas reaches the end of the penultimate test and he is 9.3sec quicker than Esapekka Lappi.
Sun 10:32 - SS20: Meeke
Meeke's tyre saving regimen is continuing on this test it seems, he's 4.2sec slower than Lappi at the first split.
Sun 10:30 - SS20: Latvala
It seems no one can really make a move on the first split as Jari-Matti matches the same opening split time Sordo & Mikkelsen posted.
Sun 10:25 - SS20: Mikkelsen
Speaking of Andreas, at the 11.47km split he's 3.8sec up on the road sweeping Lappi.
Sun 10:24 - SS20: Sordo
The Hyundai pair are quite evenly matched it would seem as Dani Sordo matches Andreas Mikkelsen's opening split time.
Sun 10:20 - SS20: Mikkelsen
We're getting split times on the board now, with Esapekka Lappi's 6.42km split time being beaten by 1.7sec by Andreas Mikkelsen
Sun 10:11 - SS20: Begin!
We're rattling off the stages as Esapekka Lappi fires onto Mesa Cuata now.
Sun 10:05 - Stage info: SS20
Mesa Cuata, 25.07km A new stage, but most is familiar as the opening 18.5km were driven in Friday’s double pass through El Chocolate. It is initially wide before narrowing as the stage climbs steeply through a sequence of hairpins on a bumpy surface. It becomes tighter still as it hugs the mountainside before another series of uphill hairpins after 16km. It leaves the El Chocolate stage at 18.5km for a final 6.5km which have never been driven in this direction.
Sun 10:00 - SS19: Bulacia
Marco Bulacia completes the stage as well and he goes 7.3sec quicker than Guerra. It's a confidence-boosting stage win in the WRC 2 class but his deficit to the Mexican is still more than three minutes.
Sun 09:59 - WRC standings after SS19
1. Ogier 3h 11m 14.9sec 2. Tänak +28.3sec 3. Evans +30.3sec 4. Neuville +1m 18.5sec 5. Meeke +5m 37.1sec 6. Guerra (WRC 2) +13m 16.2sec
Sun 09:57 - SS19: Guerra
He's got the home knowledge and he's make good use of it here. The WRC 2 leader completes the stage cleanly and beats Pro entrant Pieniazek by 2.8sec. He gets a few cheers from the fans as he pulls into stop control: "Feeling really good, it is difficult to drive in these conditions because I just have to take the car to the finish and there is still a chance to make a mistake."
Sun 09:55 - SS19: Pieniazek
The first of our R5 runners through is the sole WRC 2 Pro entrant Lukasz Pieniazek. He's pretty happy with his run: "It was pretty good, the beginning was very good, I struggled a bit in the second-half of the stage, it was very slippy or the tyres were overheating. I lost a bit of confidence but I'm generally happy with the stage."
Sun 09:50 - SS19: Ogier
Ogier is the last of our WRC runners through to the end of the stage and he falls just short of Tänak's stage time by 0.9sec. He's happy with that though: "Driving clean for sure, but I need to keep the speed because they are pushing hard for sure."
Sun 09:46 - SS19: Evans
And Elfyn has definitely dropped to third now, he drops 4.2sec on the stage and is 2.0sec behind in the overall standings. It's not over by any stretch, there's still two stages to go. "For sure we can keep trying, this stage was not bad to be honest. Feeling was okay, we can push in the next one. I'm up for the fight."
Sun 09:42 - SS19: Tänak
Ott has brought his rocket-powered Yaris for proceedings this morning, he's certainly not hanging around as he lowers the fastest stage time by 3.7sec and on course to take second from Elfyn. He tells Colin: "We can build a bit with the tyres, this was the worst stage of the morning with the tyres as it is quite loose. The next stages are better." Well blimey, we'll see one hell of a push from Ott in the next two then.
Sun 09:38 - SS19: Neuville
Thierry takes the fastest stage time now, he's 4.1sec up on the rest of the field and giving it a decent old push through Alfaro. "I'm driving on a good rhythm, you never know with the guys starting behind having a puncture or a spin, you have to keep pushing."
Sun 09:37 - SS19: Tänak
Here we go! Could we see a change for second? At the first split Ott is 2.0sec quicker than Elfyn. Remember the gap between them before this test was just 2.2sec.
Sun 09:35 - SS19: Meeke
So Meeke reaches the end of the stage now and his eventual time loss is 53.1sec to JML. Colin asks him if he has any issues, his engine was reported to be sounding a bit rough: "That's because I'm not pressing the throttle!" Are you saving tyres? "Yes!"
Sun 09:30 - SS19: Latvala
One Toyota not having any troubles on the stage is Jari-Matti Latvala. The Finn lowers the benchmark stage time once again and goes 5.3sec quicker than anyone. He tells Colin Clark: "Our target is seventh place and catch them, that is the first step. The second step is to get the Wolf Power Stage points."
Sun 09:29 - SS19: Meeke
We're getting reports in from WRC TV crews out on the stage that it could be a misfire for Meeke, his Toyota's engine is sounding rough under acceleration.
Sun 09:27 - SS19: Sordo
Meanwhile further up the road, Dani Sordo has completed the Alfaro test and is 3.4sec quicker than Mikkelsen. "It is okay, the feeling is not so bad. I'm just trying to get points for the manufacturers' championship so I'm not doing a big, big job. Just enjoying the next two stages and then looking forward to the next rally."
Sun 09:25 - SS19: Meeke
Hmm, does Kris Meeke have an issue? At the opening 7.44km split he's 14.6sec down on Latvala. Is he conserving his tyres? He's not got anyone too close behind him.
Sun 09:23 - SS19: Mikkelsen
Andreas is the next to stick a time up on the board and he is 3.6sec quicker through Sunday's opening test. He's trying out a few set-up tweaks for Argentina and it seems to be working for the Norwegian: "It is feeling very good to be honest, car is handling very well and doing what I want. I tried to follow Esapekka's lines as much as I can, for sure it is better than yesterday."
Sun 09:19 - SS19: Lappi
Esapekka Lappi completes the stage now as he pulls the Citroën into the stop control. He tells Colin Clark: "At least I don't need to follow any lines! I can follow my own lines and if they are wrong then all the others are suffering!" I think he's enjoying himself a bit out here.
Sun 09:16 - SS19: Sordo
Dani Sordo is well into the stage now and he breaks the beam at the first split point 1.0sec quicker than fellow Hyundai driver Mikkelsen
Sun 09:12 - SS19: Mikkelsen
The first time has come in from Andreas Mikkelsen and at the 7.44km split he's 3.0sec quicker than Lappi
Sun 09:07 - SS19: Mikkelsen
Just a note, we're running four minute gaps this morning as Anders Jaeger counts down Andreas Mikkelsen onto the stage.
Sun 09:03 - SS19: Live!
We're underway with our first of three stages as Esapekka Lappi powers his Citroën off the line.
Sun 09:02 - Stage guide: SS19
Alfaro, 21.01km Sunday’s opening test will be entrenched in drivers’ minds as two sections have already been driven in Saturday’s Otates. The opening half contains fast and flowing corners as it climbs and descends before becoming more technical as it moves into the second part.
Sun 08:59 - Tyres
A mix of options for the crews today - Lappi/Meeke/Latvala/Evans/Mikkelsen/Neuville/Sordo: 5 Michelin medium compound tyres. Tänak: 4 hards and 1 medium Ogier: 2 hards and 3 mediums
Sun 08:57 - Weather watch
Another beautiful day to round things off in León, temperatures will be getting up to the 30 degree mark. The drivers will be getting rather toasty in their cars today.
Sun 08:56 - Road order
1. Lappi 2. Mikkelsen 3. Sordo 4. Latvala 5. Meeke 6. Neuville 7. Tänak 8. Evans 9. Ogier
Sun 08:53 - Lukasz Pieniazek
Speaking of which, Lukasz Pieniazek left service one minute late
Sun 08:53 - No service for the field
There’s no opportunities to make major car changes today, as all three stages run without a break - tyre choice will be even more important if crews are to be competitive on all today’s tests.
Sun 08:52 - Sunday’s schedule
Three stages are on the slate for Sunday starting with the Alfaro test which has been shortened slightly to 21.01km for safety reasons. The action then moves onto Mesa Cuata - which clocks in at 25.07km - before Las Minas (10.72km) hosts the Live TV Wolf Power Stage to round out the WRC’s first long-distance trip of 2019.
Sun 08:50 - WRC 2 update
In WRC 2, things aren’t quite as close as they were yesterday. After trouble on SS13, Marco Bulacia is now more than three minutes behind WRC 2 leader Benito Guerra, with the Mexican looking set to take his maiden support category success in front of his home crowd. In WRC 2 Pro, Lukasz Pieniazek kept it calm to remain on course to secure all 25 points for the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.
Sun 08:48 - Penalty news
News from overnight is that Jari-Matti Latvala has been given a one minute time penalty for working on his Yaris in the Light Fitting Zone before the V-Power Shell Stage. He was trying to connect the rear antiroll bar on his car.
Sun 08:46 - Retirements
Just the one retirement yesterday in the top class after Esapekka Lappi found his Citroën stranded Italian Job-style on the edge of the road. He resumes today, as do Alberto & Pedro Heller who both failed to finish the day in the WRC 2 class.
Sun 08:44 - What’s the situation?
Well after a dramatic day in Mexico, Sébastien Ogier holds a lead of 27.0sec over Elfyn Evans. The latter has got Ott Tänak breathing down his neck, the Toyota driver just 2.2sec behind the Welshman now. Thierry Neuville is in fourth, while Kris Meeke - after his various troubles - is in a distance fifth.
Sun 08:42 - We’re live
As always you can follow all the action on the WRC App and wrc.com - remember you can watch all the action as it unfolds on WRC+ All Live
Sun 08:40 - Buenos Dias!
Can you believe it is the final day of Rally Guanajuato Mexico already? Don’t despair just yet, we still have a number of battles that need settling!
Sat 20:50 - We'll call it a night
With the cars getting serviced, we'll call it a night from here in the warmth of Mexico. Keep your eyes peeled on WRC.com for the all the news and reports but until tomorrow, goodbye!
Sat 20:49 - Late night service
With the on-stage action wrapped up for the day, the crews are heading into service here in León
Sat 20:48 - WRC standings after SS18
1. Ogier 2h 57m 21.4sec 2. Evans +27.0sec 3. Tänak +29.2sec 4. Neuville +1m 15.7sec 5. Meeke +4m 37.1sec 6. Guerra (WRC 2) +12m 06.0sec
Sat 20:42 - SS18: Guerra
Benito Guerra rounds out the WRC 2 runners now and he ends the stage just 0.5sec behind Bulacia. He ends the day with a lead of 3m 33.6sec.
Sat 20:40 - Media zone: Latvala
"It was a tough day. Here in Mexico it is the heat and when you're working with the car... We made some changes for the superspecials to make it more efficient for the stages. In rallying you don't always have the nice facilities! It has been a good day overall, performance-wise if I compare it to the first day it was better than Friday. Tomorrow I will try and work on the driving more and try and catch the seventh place. The Wolf Power Stage points will be beneficial for the championship. I don't think the stage itself will clean up too much, we saw on Friday that Ott won it from first on the road."
Sat 20:37 - Media Zone: Ogier
"It is good now to be here and in the lead because that is most important. It has not been a smooth day, it started with a puncture and then it has been a hot day and we had a small problem with the differential in the final stage. The notional time I got for SS10 was probably slower than the time I would have got so I don't think it was lucky the red flag came out."
Sat 20:36 - SS18: Bulacia
Bulacia claims the top honours in the R5 runners so far as he goes 1.0sec quicker than Pieniazek.
Sat 20:34 - SS18: Pieniazek
The WRC 2 Pro runner is through to the end of the stage now and he is just 4.0sec off Sordo's fastest time.
Sat 20:25 - SS18: Latvala
Jari-Matti is our final car through the stage and he is sixth-fastest on the stage, 1.4sec down.
Sat 20:22 - SS18: Ogier
Rally leader Ogier completes Saturday's final stage now and he drops 1.2sec to Sordo but maintains a lead of 27.0sec over Elfyn Evans.
Sat 20:20 - Media Zone: Neuville
"We did the job, we drove. We knew we couldn't catch any positions with our own performance and just had to finish. We tried different things, we swapped dampers to get a different feeling. Not big changes but we were able to drive with a good rhythm this afternoon. [The stages tomorrow] quite a lot of them we've already done in the last few days with just a few new parts. We'll try in the Wolf Power Stage but it looks like we can't set fastest times so we'll see what we can do."
Sat 20:18 - Media Zone: Meeke
"It is a rough tough rally and these things happen, punctures happen and it picks up suspension troubles." He's also asked about his slow pace in SS18: "I don't know if it was wet after the jump, we have an issue with the gearbox, it won't select any gears for me. Pretty difficult day to be honest. I was stuck in second gear on this stage."
Sat 20:17 - SS18: Evans
Elfyn Evans loses a bit of time on this test, he's now just 2.2sec ahead of Tänak
Sat 20:14 - SS18: Meeke
All isn't well for Kris Meeke, his trip into the barrier in the previous stage seems to have hampered his efforts on this one. He keeps it safe and steady, finishing 19.0sec down.
Sat 20:06 - SS18: Tänak
Ott is safely through the stage, but he's not the fastest, in fact he's the slowest - 0.6sec off the pace.
Sat 20:02 - SS18: Neuville
Back on Street Stage León, Thierry Neuville is 0.2sec slower than Sordo as he rounds his day off now.
Sat 20:00 - SS16/17: Guerra
Benito Guerra has completed his two passes of the V-Power Shell Stage and he maintains a healthy lead over Bulacia in WRC 2.
Sat 19:58 - Media Zone: Mikkelsen
"It's been good training for the future opening the stages! It definitely has been tricky, it has been very loose out there. I'm second on the road for tomorrow so that's better. We have been trying a bit of a different tyre strategy so that should give good information for next year, hopefully we're not first on the road next year but you never know."
Sat 19:55 - SS18: Sordo
Dani Sordo is the next onto the block and he negotiates the day's final test with no troubles. His time on the board is just 0.3sec quicker than Mikkelsen.
Sat 19:53 - SS18: Mikkelsen
A swift change of location and we see Andreas Mikkelsen launching into the second pass of Street Stage Leon. He completes the stage in 1m 04.7sec.
Sat 19:50 - SS16/17: Bulacia v Pieniazek
It's a WRC 2 Pro v WRC 2 battle in this latest heat as Lukasz Pieniazek takes on Marco Bulacia. Bulacia takes a handy win for the WRC 2 class in the first run - by 1.4sec - and then secures the second as well by 1.1sec.
Sat 19:42 - SS17: Ogier v Latvala
In the second stage Ogier pulls the time back, beating JML by 1.5sec and going second fastest through the stage, just 0.3sec slower than Neuville. He tells Emyr: "For sure I was still pushing, I did a silly mistake on the first loop, it was a lot wetter compared to yesterday and it was a lot slippier, I finished it in the tyre wall. Tomorrow I have to finish the job." JML talks about his pre-stage set-up changes: "I screwed up a little, I messed up the shock absorber position and I think it went the wrong way."
Sat 19:35 - SS16: Ogier v Latvala
Latvala takes the heat by 5.1sec, 2.1sec off Mikkelsen's fastest time through the stage earlier on. Ogier is 7.2sec down on the fastest time.
Sat 19:34 - SS16/17: Ogier v Latvala
So it's Ogier v Latvala for this pair of head-to-head scraps. And immediately Ogier is in the barriers! He gets going again after a small delay.
Sat 19:32 - SS16/17: Meeke v Evans
It's the battle of the Brits on this test as Kris Meeke in his Yaris takes on Elfyn Evans in his Fiesta. They can't be divided in the first heat as they set the exact same time and then on the second run Meeke slides into a barrier! Elfyn takes an untroubled victory and Kris eventually completes 44.4sec down on the M-Sport Ford driver. Evans says: "Big fight on for tomorrow. He had a really good run in the long one which cost us, but we can still take the fight to him."
Sat 19:21 - SS16/17: Neuville v Tänak
It's first v second in the championship as Tänak takes on Neuville in this next head to head. The Belgian takes the first stage by 1.0sec and secures the second by 0.9sec as he takes the fastest time on SS17. Emyr is talking to Thierry now: "There is still one stage left, so we are going to try and do this one as well." And now he talks to Ott: "It's been a good afternoon, everything is working well but tomorrow is still a long day."
Sat 19:11 - SS17: Sordo v Mikkelsen
Make that a sweep for Andreas, he takes this one by 0.3sec. He says: "It's been really difficult being first on the road, we just have to think it is good training for the future!" Sordo says: "It was nice, I enjoy a little bit today. It is okay, one day left."
Sat 19:06 - SS16 Sordo v Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen takes the spoils in the first run of this test, 0.8sec quicker than Sordo.
Sat 19:03 - SS16: Sordo v Mikkelsen
The first pairing to kick off the superspecial are Hyundai team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen
Sat 18:56 - Stage info: SS16 / SS17
V-Power Shell Stage 3 / 4, 2.33km The second of two double runs at León’s motor racing circuit where two cars at a time race head-to-head. The stage is well-liked by the drivers, mixing asphalt and gravel and featuring a big jump and a water splash.
Sat 18:25 - Onto the superspecials!
Despite a thrill-a-minute day of action, we've still got three stages still to go on Saturday in Mexico! The next stage, the third and fourth runs of the V-Power Shell Stage will be coming up at 19.03
Sat 18:23 - WRC standings after SS15
1. Ogier 2h 52m 50.4sec 2. Evans +31.4sec 3. Tänak +35.2sec 4. Neuville +1m 24.0sec 5. Meeke +3m 39.7sec 6. Guerra (WRC 2) +11m 59.2sec
Sat 18:21 - SS15: Guerra
Needless to say, the biggest cheers at the end of the stage are reserved for Benito Guerra, the Mexican enjoying a comfortable lead at the top of the support category standings. He's 0.8sec quicker than Bulacia on the stage and his lead is now 3m 33.7sec. "It is great, all these people. Thanks for all your support, we're going to try and get this victory for all these people."
Sat 18:18 - SS15: Bulacia
Moving into WRC 2, Marco Bulacia is through to the end of the stage in his Fabia and he is 5.6sec faster than Pieniazek. "We are trying to improve our times on the stages, tomorrow we are going to stay like that and try to win all the stages." Clear focus from Bolivian.
Sat 18:16 - SS15: Pieniazek
Lukasz Pieniazek completes the test now as our sole WRC 2 Pro entry: "It was much better than the first run, in Finland we had a massive jump and I flew like 50 metres but this one wasn't as big so I didn't need to take it as easy this time as I did on the first pass."
Sat 18:12 - SS15: Latvala
Jari-Matti is our eighth WRC car to complete this test and he leaps through the flying finish with the fourth-fastest time, 1.3sec down. The crowds are cheering Heikki the WRC TV cameraman at stage end now while JML talks to Colin: "Everything is okay, I was just a bit worried that the brakes are a bit hot at the end of the stage so I just want to cool them down immediately."
Sat 18:08 - SS15: Ogier
Now we move onto our rally leader and the Citroën driver is playing it cool here, he doesn't need to risk anything at this stage. He crosses the line 1.0sec down but maintains a lead of more than half-a-minute. Does he get cheered into the stop control? Of course he does! He says to Colin: "I think behind me they are both pushing very hard so I can't relax." He gives a wave to the fans before driving off.
Sat 18:04 - SS15: Evans
Elfyn is the next car through in is M-Sport Ford Fiesta and he is giving it everything he has on this test. He loses 2.0sec on the stage to see his lead cut down to 3.8sec. He gets the cheering treatment from the fans as well as he tells Colin: "Not ideal, that felt like a good stage, a few mistakes at the start which cost time but the car feels good. I tried in here, but not quite enough."
Sat 18:00 - SS15: Meeke
Kris Meeke is our fifth WRC car through to the end and he overshoots the same left-hander Sordo had his incident on this stage this morning! That doesn't cost him too much, he already had a big gap to the car in front regardless, and he crosses the line 13.4sec off the pace. He tells Colin: "I just missed my braking for the junction but it doesn't matter."
Sat 17:56 - SS15: Tänak
Ott's Yaris is bottoming out on this stage as he really pushes to the limit through this test. He needs to make up 5.8sec to steal second from Elfyn Evans and his time on this test is a good start as he goes 0.7sec quicker than Neuville. He gets cheered into stop control and he gets out the car to check the rear, which is missing a bumper: "Just in the stage there is a soft part." He doesn't stay for too long as he looks to get some air flow to the alternator.
Sat 17:52 - SS15: Neuville
Neuville gets a similar chorus of cheers from the assembled fans and he'll no doubt be pleased by his stage time as he goes 3.2sec quicker than Mikkelsen. "The car felt a little bit better, when there are ruts on the road our car is working quite well but when the surface is harder it is slippier."
Sat 17:48 - SS15: Sordo
Sordo made a mistake on this stage this morning - overshooting a 90 degree left-hander. He doesn't make the same error twice but he can't beat Mikkelsen's time, he's 0.6sec down. "The support is nice. There is a lot of people. But, we're trying our best to let the people enjoy it, and it was okay." The Mexican fans really love Dani it seems.
Sat 17:44 - SS15: Mikkelsen
And now he's through to the end of the stage in a time of 4m 40.5sec. He's speaking to Colin Clark: "Conditions are not too bad. For sure rougher but the grip is quite a lot higher. Quite a lot of loose gravel on this stage but I enjoyed it."
Sat 17:41 - SS15: Mikkelsen
While all that is unfolding on SS14, we're already underway with the second pass of El Brinco. Andreas Mikkelsen more than halfway through that test now.
Sat 17:39 - SS14: A. Heller
Alberto Heller got going again after his earlier stop, but now he's stopped for a second time at the 30.7km mark.
Sat 17:33 - SS14: Guerra
The home favourite is the next to cross the flying finish 22.3sec slower than Bulacia. Benito, though, has a comfortable lead now so doesn't to push too hard and risk a crash.
Sat 17:29 - SS14: Bulacia
After his issues on the previous stage Marco Bulacia has a clean run through this stage, beating Pieniazek by 17.2sec.
Sat 17:27 - SS14: Pieniazek
We move onto the support categories now and Lukasz Pieniazek completes another stage without issue in WRC 2 Pro as he motors his M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 into the stop control.
Sat 17:22 - SS14: Latvala
Good run through this stage for Jari-Matti, the Finn is just 1.5sec behind at the end of the stage - a cracking time.
Sat 17:20 - SS14: A. Heller
Alberto Heller has stopped at the 12km mark.
Sat 17:19 - SS14: Ogier
Sébastien is the next through to stop control and he is 9.1sec off the pace. He's still 30.4sec ahead of Evans, but the threat of Tänak looms large he's 36.2sec ahead of the Toyota man. "For sure it is not flat out push, just protecting the lead. This stage is very slow, very sandy and very low grip."
Sat 17:15 - SS14: Evans
Elfyn's lost a significant chunk of his advantage on this stage, he can't match Tänak's blistering pace and the gap between them has been cut to 5.8sec! This will be a titanic flight for the rest of the rally. "I struggled a lot to be honest, just such low grip. I couldn't do more."
Sat 17:11 - SS14: Meeke
Kris Meeke breaks the beam at the flying finish and he reaches the stop control now 8.2sec down on his hard-charging team-mate. He says: "I'm okay, just trying to preserve position because I'm just thinking of the manufacturers' championship now."
Sat 17:06 - SS14: Tänak
Here comes the pacesetter this afternoon and Ott Tänak continues in that form on Otates 2 as he flies through the stage and takes the fastest time by 3.5sec. "I do as well as possible but the stage is so slow that it is hard to make a big difference. In the morning the car felt better."
Sat 17:03 - SS14: Neuville
Thierry Neuville is the next to have a time put on the board and he is a huge 15.5sec quicker than Sordo. The Belgian obviously not having the same problems as Sordo in terms of grip. He tells Emyr Penlan: "It was okay. We had a good clean run trying to play with the settings. The car is better when there are ruts on the road and we can push harder in the corners."
Sat 17:00 - SS14: Sordo
Dani Sordo is looking hot and bothered as he lowers the target time by 1.4sec. "It was really bad, with hard tyres it was a big mistake, all the stages were like a beach. Some places on the stage won't clean too much. For me it would have been better for soft tyres."
Sat 16:55 - SS14: Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen is through to stop control now and he's checked off another stage at the front of the road order. "Very slippery, a lot of sand. The beginnign was okay but from KM 13 there was quite a bit of sand. Hard to do any more."
Sat 16:54 - SS14: Tänak
Speaking of Tänak, he's just set a time at the 12.09km split and he's 1.6sec up on the three Hyundais running ahead of him.
Sat 16:53 - SS14: Meeke
Kris Meeke is the second-fastest driver on the stage as it stands, at the opening split he's 0.5sec down on Tänak.
Sat 16:47 - SS14: Tänak
Ott is the fastest man to 6.49km as he goes 0.8sec quicker than Neuville.
Sat 16:42 - SS14: Neuville
Yet more splits are coming through now and this one is from Thierry Neuville. The Belgian breaks the beam at the first split point and he's 2.5sec up on the next fastest time.
Sat 16:39 - SS14: Sordo
We're getting times through on the splits now and Dani Sordo's opening split time is 0.9sec slower than Andreas Mikkelsen's effort.
Sat 16:29 - SS14 is go
And we get the action back underway as Mikkelsen powers the i20 onto the stage.
Sat 16:26 - SS14 coming up
Less than three minutes to go before we go live again. Andreas Mikkelsen is up first
Sat 15:42 - SS14 in an hour
Andreas Mikkelsen is scheduled to get Otates 2 underway at 16.29, so until then we'll take a short break.
Sat 15:41 - Afternoon tyres
Just so you are all aware of what has been used/what will be used tyre-wise this afternoon, Elfyn Evans, Ott Tänak, Kris Meeke, JML, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo have all chosen 5 hard Michelin tyres. Andreas Mikkelsen has taken 3 mediums and 2 hards, while Seb Ogier has gone for six tyres - 5 hard and 1 medium.
Sat 15:37 - SS13: Pedro Heller
Pedro Heller rounds out the WRC 2 class and he drops 43.5sec. He's still fourth in class, more than 40 minutes away from the leader.
Sat 15:35 - WRC standings after SS13
1. Ogier 2h 23m 38.5sec 2. Evans +22.9sec 3. Tänak +45.3sec 4. Neuville +1m 29.9sec 5. Meeke +3m 28.2sec 6. Guerra (WRC 2) +9m 34.7sec
Sat 15:34 - SS13: Bulacia
Marco Bulacia crosses the flying finish now and he's dropped 3m 42.7sec to Guerra, dropping him to third and giving the Mexican a lead of more than two minutes over Alberto Heller.
Sat 15:28 - SS13: Guerra
After his stop earlier, Benito Guerra is the first WRC 2 competitor through to the stop control and he sets the fastest time for the R5 runners. He is 30.3sec quicker than Pieniazek. The Mexican tells Colin: "Now we have a good lead to Alberto Heller, I don't know what happened to my friend Marco, but we are really happy now."
Sat 15:23 - SS13: Pieniazek
So, we move onto WRC 2 Pro and Lukasz Pieniazek completes the test now, not without a touch of drama though. "The day is going pretty good, but I made a mistake at the very beginning of this stage and I had to reverse so I lost a lot of confidence on this stage and it was very slippery."
Sat 15:22 - SS13: A. Heller
In the WRC 2 class, Alberto Heller briefly stopped at the 14.2km but has got going again. He had a spin in his Fiesta R5
Sat 15:18 - SS13: Latvala
Jari-Matti rounds out the WRC runners and he can't steal the stage win away from Ogier, he's 5.5sec down. He says: "Let's see how it goes in the afternoon loop. The road order gamble has definitely paid off."
Sat 15:14 - SS13: Bulacia
The Bolivian has got going again in his Skoda Fabia R5.
Sat 15:14 - SS13: Ogier
We want what Ogier's had for lunch, he comprehensively beats Evans' fastest time by a whole 3.7sec. His lead has grown to 22.9sec now. "I had a very clean drive, I'm happy with the stage. The car is feeling good, so far so good."
Sat 15:10 - SS13: Bulacia
News from the WRC 2 class, second-placed Marco Bulacia has stopped at the 5.3km mark.
Sat 15:10 - SS13: Evans
Elfyn Evans is the next to log a time on Guanajuatito 2 and he goes fastest! He beats Ott by 0.6sec and widens the gap to the Estonian to 22.4sec. "That was good, I was happy with the run to be honest. It was quick and clean and efficient. I'm enjoying the fight, there's still a long way to go, but it is good."
Sat 15:06 - SS13: Meeke
Kris can't repeat his fastest time from this morning's pass of this test, he's only 2.7sec down on Tänak though so still a really good effort. Despite his setbacks earlier, he still knows what he needs to do: "Just keep to the plan. There's still manufacturers points to play for, so just keeping it neat and keeping it tidy."
Sat 15:02 - SS13: Tänak
Ott's on the podium and he is doing everything in his power to close the gap to Elfyn Evans and Sébastien Ogier ahead of him. On this test he is the fastest through so far, 6.1sec quicker than Neuville. Can he catch Elfyn? "For sure there is plenty of kilometres, if we can catch him? I don't know. Still a lot of work to do. It is not so rough, just slippy."
Sat 14:58 - SS13: Neuville
Thierry Neuville makes it three Hyundais to stick a time on the board and he uses every bit of the road as he lowers the benchmark time by 6.0sec. He's still trying to push: "I try, we swapped some settings Dani and me to try and see some difference. I'm still struggling but it's okay."
Sat 14:54 - SS13: Sordo
Dani Sordo is through to the stop control as well and, understandably, he sets the fastest time so far. He says: "It is better than this morning, because it was very dusty and difficult then. I'm quite happy."
Sat 14:51 - SS13: Mikkelsen
The Norwegian is at the end of the stage now in a time of 18m 56.4sec. He tells Colin Clark: "We came and a gate was locked basically. When this has happened before we should have a marshal in these places."
Sat 14:48 - SS13: Sordo
The extent of Mikkelsen's time loss is apparent now as Dani Sordo breaks the beam at 18.1km 1m 04.4sec quicker than Mikkelsen. The Norwegian will be getting the bulk of that time back mind you.
Sat 14:43 - SS13: Mikkelsen
There's a gate shut on the route! Anders Jaeger has to get out and reopen it. The pair lose a bit of time on the stage but they should get it back.
Sat 14:41 - SS13: Sordo
Things are tight on the splits between the Hyundai crews. At the opening split Sordo is just 0.1sec slower than Mikkelsen.
Sat 14:38 - SS10 Red Flag:
Following an incident involving car no. 4 (Lappi/Ferm) on SS10 this morning, the Clerk of the Course took the decision to stop the special stage on safety grounds. Although the driver, Esapekka Lappi, activated the OK display to alert rally control that all was okay, Rally Control considered that the car was in a dangerous position for incoming crews on a fast blind left corner. The Clerk of the Course took the decision to stop the stage by activating the red flag safety protocol.
Sat 14:31 - Get comfortable...
We're back underway here in Mexico and you aren't going to want a single minute of the on-stage action - it is going to be intense!
Sat 14:23 - 8 minute warning
This is your eight minute warning before SS13 - Guanajuatito 2 - gets underway!
Sat 12:05 - Back to service
With all the runners completing El Brinco, it's a trip back to the service park in Leon. While the cars get serviced, we'll take a break as well and we'll be back before SS13 which is scheduled to start at 14.31.
Sat 12:04 - WRC 2 standings after SS12
1. Guerra 2h 14m 17.9sec 2. Bulacia +12.5sec 3. A.Heller +4m 42.0sec 4. P. Heller + 40m 33.2sec. Pieniazek slots in between the Heller brothers in the combined WRC 2 Pro/WRC 2 standings.
Sat 12:01 - SS12: P. Heller
Pedro Heller makes it through to the end of the stage now and round out the WRC 2 runners with the second-fastest time on the stage, 7.4sec down on Guerra.
Sat 11:57 - Kris Meeke
Just a small update, Kris Meeke stopped briefly on the road section after El Brinco but he's back driving to the Leon Service Park now.
Sat 11:57 - Overall standings after SS12
1. Ogier 2h 06m 04.9sec 2. Evans +19.2sec 3. Tänak +41.0sec 4. Neuville +1m 19.5sec 5. Meeke +3m 21.2sec 6. Guerra (WRC 2) +8m 13.0sec
Sat 11:55 - SS12: A. Heller
The first of the Heller brothers through the stage is Alberto and he is 11.6sec slower than Guerra across the flying finish. What does he say? "I'm very happy, good rhythm this morning. It is a very difficult day today but we are happy with our performance so far."
Sat 11:52 - SS12: Guerra
You can tell Benito is Mexican by how loud the cheers are as he tackles the stage-end jump and when he pulls into stop control. He extends his lead to 12.5sec! To chants of 'Benito' and 'Mexico' from the masses assembled at stop control he tells Molly: "We just got the first place again so I'm really happy, we need to keep pushing in the afternoon."
Sat 11:49 - SS12: Bulacia
Into WRC 2 and Marco Bulacia is 6.7sec quicker than Pieniazek in his Skoda Fabia R5. He's cool and calm as he discusses his fight with Benito Guerra: "Today I think it will be more difficult than yesterday but we will keep fighting until the finish."
Sat 11:46 - SS12: Pieniazek
Lukasz Pieniazek completes the stage in WRC 2 Pro in his Ford Fiesta R5 and he is chatting to Molly. "I tried to find my confidence back. It is going quite well but unfortunately I got a puncture on the last stage. We are enjoying this."
Sat 11:42 - SS12: Latvala
Cracking time from Latvala, he matches Ogier's stage time to the tenth of a second! He's giving it a fair old push here. "It is good because this is a typical Seb stage, he is always winning stages like this. So I gave it a good push!"
Sat 11:38 - SS12: Ogier
Seb is storming in this test, he claims the fastest time through the test by 3.5sec and he extends his advantage over Evans to 19.sec. He'll be happy with his morning's work. "It's not been a trouble-free morning because we picked up the puncture first thing and without a spare you have to be careful not to make any mistakes."
Sat 11:34 - SS12: Evans
On the opposite end of the scale, Elfyn Evans has put in a great run through this test, he's only 0.2sec off Neuville's pace and he extends his advantage over Tänak ever so slightly. "We picked up a puncture halfway through, I'm pretty sure, that's what it felt like. Strange feeling on the rear-left after we struck a stone on the line."
Sat 11:32 - SS12: Meeke
The Yaris driver is through to the end of the stage now 1m 42.4sec down on the fastest time. Understandably, Kris and Seb don't look too happy in the cockpit. What does he tell Molly? "Something wrong with the upright."
Sat 11:28 - SS12: Meeke
Kris sets off from the start line quite gingerly and he doesn't really pick up any speed as this test continues. He's moving but pretty slowly. He's 1m 02.7sec down on Neuville at the opening split point.
Sat 11:26 - SS12: Tänak
The Estonian was 1.1sec down at the first split but recovers to 0.2sec behind at the second timing point. However, he drops a touch more time in the final third of the stage and he finishes 0.5sec down on Neuville. We don't think he'll be too bothered mind, he gives a wry smile as he discusses his chances of securing a rally win: "It is not up for me to decide."
Sat 11:22 - SS12: Neuville
No dramas at all for Thierry and he gives it a good old push over the stage-ending jump. He's 3.7sec quicker than Mikkelsen as he rounds out the morning loop. "I'm not really happy to be honest, I just try to survive at the moment. I think we have to go for more of a push this afternoon because Kris is just behind us. We have a few changes to make at service."
Sat 11:19 - SS12: Sordo
Dani takes caution over the jump and completes the stage 11.8sec down on his fellow i20 driver. He gets out the car for a look at the rear-left wheel and beneath the rear. He tells Molly: "There is something wrong with the wheel, we touched a small stone in a corner and I can feel something moving."
Sat 11:17 - SS12: Sordo
Oh no Dani! He goes straight on at a left-hander and loses half-a-dozen seconds as he gets back onto the intended road.
Sat 11:14 - SS12: Mikkelsen
While all the WRC 2 action was unfolding in SS11, Mikkelsen tackles the mega jump at the end of El Brinco to complete the stage. He tells Molly Pettit: "Very loose. I tried the hardest I can, I pushed to the maximum but it is hard for me to give any more in there."
Sat 11:12 - SS11: WRC 2 Pro & WRC 2
Back on SS11 we're getting the support category runners completing the stage. Pieniazek completes with no concerns in WRC 2 Pro, but in WRC 2 - Guerra takes the class lead by 2.9sec as the Mexican goes 12.7sec quicker than Bulacia.
Sat 11:07 - Stage info: SS12
El Brinco 1, 8.13km There is a new look to El Brinco. Gone is the big jump close to the finish - and replaced by an even bigger leap at the appropriately-named flying finish. The initial part is familiar to all. The start has been moved forward by 1.8km and the wide open, fast roads prove popular with drivers. The stage then turns left off the usual route for almost 2km of narrow man-made roads which have never been driven, ending with a spectacular new purpose-built jump.
Sat 11:07 - SS12
No time to relax, SS12 is coming up. Stage guide coming now...
Sat 11:01 - SS11: Latvala
Jari-Matti completes the WRC runners and he goes fastest! 1.2sec quicker than anyone.
Sat 10:57 - SS11: Ogier
The reigning champion goes 3.2sec quicker than Tänak through the stage and - thanks to Meeke's off, he's 15.5sec ahead of Elfyn Evans at the top of the standings.
Sat 10:54 - SS11: Evans
Back onto this stage Elfyn Evans is 7.8sec down on the fastest time on this test and currently holds the lead with Ogier still to complete.
Sat 10:53 - SS10: Ogier
Just a note from the previous stage, Seb Ogier has been given the notional time of 18m 07.3sec. That put him 22.4sec down on Meeke on the stage and second overall.
Sat 10:52 - SS11: Meeke
He's finally through to the end of the stage now and he's dropped 1m 33.4sec. He's dropped behind Neuville overall.
Sat 10:47 - SS11: Meeke
Meeke's troubles have seemingly become clear now as the helicopter shots of his Yaris show he's got right-rear wheel damage! At the 26.37km split he's 1m 04.4sec down on Tänak.
Sat 10:43 - SS11: Tänak
The Estonian is through to the end now and he is 6.8sec quicker than anyone as he reaches the end of the second of Saturday's stages.
Sat 10:40 - SS11: Neuville
Meanwhile, the Hyundai driver is through to the end of the stage and he is 3.3sec slower than Sordo.
Sat 10:39 - SS11: Meeke
That theory is backed up by the splits. At 18.44km he is 29.3sec slower than Tänak.
Sat 10:38 - SS11: Meeke
Just on Meeke, we're getting reports of a potential engine problem for him - there's reports from WRC TV crews of oil visible on co-driver Seb Marshall's side of the car.
Sat 10:37 - SS11: Sordo
Further up the stage, Sordo is through to the stop control 24.2sec up on Mikkelsen.
Sat 10:36 - SS11: Tänak
Ott is the fastest man on the stage so far and he is looking to gain time on his rally-leading team-mate Meeke. At 12.09km he is 11.7sec quicker than the Northern Irishman.
Sat 10:34 - SS11: Evans
In the battle for the lead, Elfyn Evans can't match Meeke at the opening split point. He's 2.1sec slower than the Toyota driver.
Sat 10:32 - SS11: Mikkelsen
Andreas completes this 32.27km test now, his benchmark time is a 25m18.0sec
Sat 10:31 - SS11: Meeke
The first split is in from our provisional rally leader (at least until Ogier's notional time for SS10 is sorted) and he is 1.6sec down on Tänak.
Sat 10:28 - SS11: Tänak
The Estonian is certainly finding the pace on this test, he's 5.0sec quicker than Neuville at the second split. The Belgian himself is 8.1sec up on Mikkelsen.
Sat 10:24 - SS11: Tänak
Cracking opening split from the championshiper leader, he's 2.2sec quicker than Neuville.
Sat 10:19 - SS11: Neuville
Thierry passes the opening timing beam on this test and he is 2.3sec up on Sordo.
Sat 10:16 - SS11: Sordo
The first split comes in from Dani Sordo and he is 2.7sec quicker than Mikkelsen at 6.49km.
Sat 10:06 - SS11: Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen kicks off the action now as blue skies and sunshine continue to make their presence felt.
Sat 10:03 - Stage info: SS11
Otates 1, 32.27km Otates climbs and descends throughout, mixing fast open sections with tighter parts. There are many surface changes that blend smooth gravel with bumps and compressions. It borrows almost 6km at the finish from the Lajas de Oro stage, ending in a tight and technical section over crest and dips in a quarry.
Sat 10:00 - Starting gaps for SS11
Just a note to everybody, we're going to be running four minute gaps for Otates. Stage notes coming up soon.
Sat 09:20 - Otates 1 (SS11)
With the slightly curtailed running of SS10, there's a short break before Otates gets underway. Andreas Mikkelsen will kick off the running at 10.06
Sat 09:17 - Standings after SS10
Seb Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala will both be given notional times which will change the overall standings, so the order after SS10 is provisional for the time being: 1. Meeke 1h 36m 39.8sec 2. Evans 5.8sec 3. Tänak 35.1sec 4. Ogier 51.2sec 5. Neuville 1m 04.0sec 6. Latvala 19m 27.5sec
Sat 09:08 - SS10: Ogier
Ogier has been very fortunate here, he comes into the stop control and the wheel damage is evident! "Puncture was a bit earlier but we had a red flag so we had to stop. There were stones on the road that were pulled on from the car ahead, I couldn't avoid them."
Sat 09:05 - SS10: Ogier
Ogier has a front-left puncture! This red flag has come out in his favour here.
Sat 09:03 - SS10 red flagged
The stage has been red flagged.
Sat 09:03 - SS10: Evans
Elfyn Evans completes the stage and he's 12.1sec down on Meeke - he's slipped to third by 5.8sec. "It was an okay run, I don't know what the time is like but it is all okay."
Sat 09:01 - SS10: Meeke
Kris Meeke is the next through and if the timing screens are to be believed he's setting a cracking time! He's 19.1sec quicker than anyone. "Everything good, good stage, car felt good." He doesn't want to be sat for too long in this heat.
Sat 08:54 - SS10: Lappi
Lappi's off! He slides a bit wide at a left-hander and the car just drifts slightly off line and he is in a ditch. His two rear wheels are hanging off the road and it seems as though he is stuck.
Sat 08:51 - SS10: Tänak
Ott clears the stage and he is the fastest through so far, 5.3sec quicker than Neuville. "Generally okay. Quite a bit of dust but it is a safe clean run."
Sat 08:49 - SS10: Neuville
Three Hyundais start, three Hyundais finish. Thierry lowers the benchmark time on this test by 4.4sec. What does he tell Colin Clark? "It is a long day. I struggled a little bit with confidence in this stage but it is very slippery. The dust is starting to hang, it was really tricky in places - you couldn't see the next corner. Really challenging."
Sat 08:46 - SS10: Sordo
Dani Sordo makes it two Hyundais through to the end of the test and he is 3.5sec slower. Did he have any issues with the dust? "Some places there was a lot of dust. It was quite difficult in some places, it was not very nice to drive with the dust."
Sat 08:44 - SS10: Latvala
Hmm... Jari-Matti has yet to start this test, he should have started six minutes ago. We'll give you more on that as we get it.
Sat 08:43 - SS10: Mikkelsen
Andreas reaches the stop control of this test now, and he's talking to Colin Clark: "Today is the worst day being first on the road, there is so much cleaning compared to yesterday. I'm doing a clean stage, that's the most I can do."
Sat 08:41 - SS10: Lappi
Esapekka Lappi! The Citroën driver is flying here, he puts his first split time on the board and it is 2.8sec quicker than everyone so far. He was down on himself yesterday, this should hopefully give him a reason to smile.
Sat 08:38 - SS10: Tänak
A bit of a slide from Ott and he's not quite feeling the benefit of a slightly better road position compared to yesterday, he's 09sec slower than Neuville at the first timing point.
Sat 08:36 - SS10: Neuville
Neuville though, is quick on the opening split - he's 0.4sec quciker than his Norwegian team-mate at the first of four splits on this test.
Sat 08:32 - SS10: Splits
The first split time is in from Dani Sordo and he's down a bit on his team-mate - at 7.28km he's 4.4sec down on Mikkelsen
Sat 08:27 - SS10: Sordo
Dani Sordo is the next onto the stage and the helicopter footage on WRC+ All Live gives a great view of the challenges these Mexican stages provide.
Sat 08:23 - SS10: Go!
Andreas Mikkelsen releases the handbrake and launches his Hyundai i20 onto the first stage
Sat 08:22 - SS10 stage guide
Guanajuatito 1, 25.90km Saturday morning’s opener is a stage of contrasts, blisteringly fast sections mixed with tight and technical parts. It contains a couple of steep downhill roads and some tricky blind crests early on. It finishes 5km earlier than last year.
Sat 08:20 - Tyres
Everyone following the same strategy this morning, selecting five Michelin medium compound tyres for the morning loop
Sat 08:18 - Eyes on the skies
Unsurprisingly it’s a hot one in Mexico. It's 12 degrees now, but expect temperatures to reach around the 30 degrees mark later in the day with blue skies very much the dominant feature.
Sat 08:16 - Road Order
1. Mikkelsen 2. Sordo 3. Neuville 4. Tänak 5. Lappi 6. Latvala 7. Meeke 8. Evans 9. Ogier
Sat 08:14 - Saturday’s itinerary
It’s a packed day featuring nine stages of action. The day starts with the 25.90km Guanajuatito test before moving onto Otates (32.27km) and El Brinco (8.13km). Those three are repeated in the afternoon before two more runs of the V-Power Shell Stage. A single pass of Street Stage León round off the action.
Sat 08:12 - What’s the score in WRC 2?
In WRC 2 Pro, Lukasz Pieniazek will be restarting after his non-finish on yesterday’s stages. In the WRC 2 class there’s a canny fight ongoing between Marco Bulacia and local favourite Benito Guerra. At the moment, the Bolivian is 9.8sec quicker than Guerra. Alberto Heller rounds out the podium places with brother Pedro in fourth.
Sat 08:10 - Retirement update
It was a tough day out on the stages yesterday for our WRC crews and we had four retirements in the top class. Teemu Suninen unfortunately won’t restart in his Ford Fiesta after his early off, but Andreas Mikkelsen, Dani Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala will all restart after their various troubles yesterday. In WRC 2 Pro, Lukasz Pieniazek will restart this morning in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5.
Sat 08:08 - How’s the standings?
After a day with more than twists and turns than El Chocolate, Sébastien Ogier holds the lead of the rally by 14.8sec over M-Sport Ford’s Elfyn Evans. Kris Meeke is 6.3sec further back in third with Ott Tänak fourth. Esapekka Lappi is in fifth and Thierry Neuville has slogged his way through into sixth.
Sat 08:06 - We’re live
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Sat 08:04 - Hola Amigos!
And welcome back to everyone who is gripped by the action at Rally Guanajuato Mexico. It’s hotting up in the temperature stakes and out on the stages!
Fri 20:23 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for all the latest news and analysis, and don't forget the 'All Live' service on WRC+ for stage recaps and loads of exclusive extras. Bye for now.
Fri 20:23 - Join us on Saturday
For the rally's longest day, featuring nine stages and 138 competitive kilometres. The action kicks off with the 25.90km Guanajuatito at 0823hrs
Fri 20:12 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll end our live text coverage tonight.
Fri 20:11 - Service: Evans
"It's been good out there. No issues, the car has been working well, working well with Scott - all good." And how do you think the battle with Kris Meeke will develop tomorrow? "The same way it has today - we'll stick like that and I'll be happy!"
Fri 20:07 - Service: Lappi
"I'm pleased for some stages, but really we only gained positions because of other people's bad luck or mistakes. I think there were some positive things I understood about my driving style with this car that I can use tomorrow. I don't know about any battle tomorrow with Ott Tanak - I think we are on a different level in terms of speed. He will be faster tomorrow but I will not give up."
Fri 20:01 - Service: Meeke:
"It's been good, but from fourth on the road it was always going to be difficult. We're missing a bit of the pace to challenge Ogier but other than that no dramas. Feeling good in the car."
Fri 19:58 - Service: Ogier
"It's been a long time since I haven't been first on the road, and I enjoyed it. Difficult through. The grip was very low, especially on the first pass, but with the same driving suddenly the times are better when you have a line in front of you."
Fri 19:55 - Service: Tanak
"I did everything I could. We were on the limit. That's the reality at the moment. I tried hard. Road position for tomorrow is still not so good, but the guys we are fighting with are in a fairer position. Hopefully we will have a chance - the gap to 2nd is not so big. It should be possible."
Fri 19:48 - Mexico after SS9
1.Ogier 1h18m33.8s, 2.Evans +14.8s, 3.Meeke +21.1s, 4.Tanak +37.1s, 5.Lappi +39.1s
Fri 19:36 - SS8/9: Trivino vs A.Heller
Heller loses out to local hero Trivino in both heats, but he ends the day a comfortable third in WRC 2.
Fri 19:31 - SS8/9: WRC 2 Guerra vs Bulacia
Guerra wins the opening heat between the two runaway leaders in WRC 2 - trimming Bulacia's advantage to 10.4sec. On the second pass, Guerra narrows the gap further to 9.8sec. "We are ready to fight tomorrow," says Guerra. "Today it has been difficult to manage the engine heat, and that meant we were down on power in El Chocolate, but we we beat him here!"
Fri 19:21 - SS8/9: Lappi vs Evans
Lappi takes the opening heat by seven-tenths. He wins the second by four-tenths. Lappi says: "A lot of drama today but we are here so it's good. A difficult day but I was learning throughout and I can try to use my head tomorrow. Let's see."
Fri 19:13 - SS8/9: Ogier vs Meeke
Ogier wins the first heat by 1.2sec. His 1m39.0s is the quickest time so far. With darkness falling, both drivers turn on their extra lights for the second pass, which Ogier again wins by 1.2sec. "It's been an almost perfect day apart from a puncture on Las Minas. We made the best of third on the road," says Ogier.
Fri 19:05 - SS8/9 Tanak vs Neuville
Tanak is quickest on the first pass by four-tenths. The second pass is a dead heat. Neuville says: "A very difficult day and tomorrow is going to be even more difficult."
Fri 19:01 - Latvala update
Reported to have retired. He's late to the stage and the car still won't start.
Fri 18:58 - SS8/9: LIVE
Tanak and Neuville are the first pair in stage.
Fri 18:55 - Latvala in trouble
Jari-Matti's car will not restart in the pre-stage light fitting zone. Driver and co-driver are pushing the car. They had some sort of problem after Las Minas (SS7) and worked on the car for a long time on the road section. They only just checked into the control on time.
Fri 18:30 - Stage info: SS8 / SS9
V-Power Shell Stage 1 / 2, 2.33km. The first of two double runs at León's motor racing circuit where two cars at a time race head-to-head. The stage is well-liked by the drivers, mixing asphalt and gravel and featuring a big jump and a water splash.
Fri 18:29 - Next stage: 1858hrs
That's start time for SS8 - the head-to-head super special that ends today's leg. Stage notes coming up.
Fri 17:56 - Hyundai reaction
From team boss Andrea Adamo. What is the problem with Sordo's car? "There is an electrical fault." How disappointed are you? "I've seen worse things in my life but we were not here to have two cars retire on the first day." And what about Neuville's comments that he has no chance to fight? "I look at the stage times and at the end it's not so bad. I can imagine he is watching only Tanak's time. He's disappointed, second on the road. It's better if everyone just calms down at bit at the moment."
Fri 17:47 - SS7: Sordo
He should have started the stage at 1742hrs. Instead, he's parked on the road section from SS6. That's game over for today. Heartbreaking stuff for the man in second place.
Fri 17:45 - SS7: Evans
Third quickest. "No issues, just hot that's all. All okay. Not the perfect stage, it was very loose and slippery, a bit wide in places."
Fri 17:42 - SS7: Lappi
Second quickest, two-tenths slower than Tanak. He does just enough to keep Tanak behind in the overall classification but is far from satisfied. "It's so tricky. I mean 60% is going quite okay but I don't have the confidence because the lateral grip is really low. I don't know how I should drive, I was wide many times."
Fri 17:39 - SS7: Meeke
3.4sec off Tanak's stage-leading time. Clouds of dust inside the Yaris again. How are you coping with this and the low sun? "In here it was really bad. It started in the previous stage. Okay, still we tried to carry good speed."
Fri 17:37 - SS7: Ogier
6.6sec off Tanak's pace here. "We had a puncture in this one but it is okay. We lost a bit, probably first place, but hopefully still I have a good start position." Ogier is then told Sordo has stopped on the road section. "Are you sure? Okay, then it is a different story."
Fri 17:33 - SS7: Neuville
2.8sec slower than Tanak and Neuville shakes his head. "I rarely give up, but I announce today that there is no chance for us to fight. No chance, no chance. I had a good run through but something is not working."
Fri 17:30 - SS7: Tanak
He's through in 6m43.4s. "Altogether a smooth day with no mistakes. I've done everything I could. It has been very difficult but that's how it is. In the end a good feeling in the car and I enjoyed it. It will be a better day tomorrow if we get a better road position."
Fri 17:28 - Sordo stops!
He has parked on the road section to SS7. Reports that he has an alternator or battery issue.
Fri 17:21 - SS7: LIVE
Tanak is underway. This stage will be re-run on Sunday as the Wolf Power Stage. On this first pass Tanak is back on road sweeping duties.
Fri 17:13 - Mexico after SS6
1.Ogier 1h08m26.3s, 2.Sordo +4.8s, 3.Evans +15.1s, 4.Meeke +21.9s, 5.Latvala +33.2s
Fri 17:01 - Stage info: SS7
Las Minas 1, 10.72km. Las Minas starts on a big double width road, heading downhill with a series of three kickers. Plenty of flowing corners lead into a narrower downhill section towards the finish on cobbles on the edge of Guanajuato. It starts 300 metres further forward than in 2018.
Fri 17:01 - SS7: Standby
The final long stage of the day gets underway at 1718hrs.
Fri 16:53 - SS6: WRC 2 Pro Pieniazek
Stopped on stage at 1.5km. Both drivers are out of the car, and it looks like there is front-end damage to the Fiesta.
Fri 16:51 - SS6: Sordo
2.9sec slower than Ogier on stage and Dani lies 4.8sec behind in the overall classification. "I tried to do my best. Against the other drivers my time is good, but Sebastien is doing very, well..."
Fri 16:48 - SS6: Latvala
Fourth quickest so far and Jari-Matti's engine is revving strongly at the stop control. Problem? "No everything is okay," he reassures.
Fri 16:44 - SS6: Evans
Third quickest. "All okay. Well, it would be okay if it wasn't for Seb Ogier, wouldn't it!"
Fri 16:42 - SS6: Lappi
16sec off the pace and onboard footage suggests he's had a lucky escape. He went off and had a half spin. The car looks straight at the stop control. What happened? "I turned too early, I was not on the apex and I hit a tree." Is the car okay? "I have no idea."
Fri 16:39 - SS6: Meeke
Second quickest to Ogier and there is a lot of dust inside Kris's car. "It happened only in the last couple of kilometres. The Yaris is good but Ogier is a wee bit quicker at the moment..."
Fri 16:35 - SS6: Ogier
6.1sec quicker than Neuville and Tanak. "So far a good day for us. One more real stage to go, and we must manage it well."
Fri 16:32 - SS6: Neuville
He sets exactly the same time as Tanak. "I was fighting a lot with the car. In the position I am, I can do no more." You look frustrated. "I am."
Fri 16:30 - SS6: Tanak
He's through in 9m28.4s. "Not a big difference to when it was run earlier. This stage was definitely worse than the one before."
Fri 16:23 - Stage info: SS6
Ortega 2, 17.28km. Ortega marks the high point of the WRC season as cars top 2756 metres. Virtually the entire test is among the trees. After an undulating start, the roads narrow before a tight but fast downhill section leads into the finish. Drivers love this one with plenty of fast flowing corners.
Fri 16:19 - SS6: LIVE
A two-minute delay to the stage but Tanak is now underway. His start time: 1617hrs.
Fri 16:17 - Mikkelsen update
Hyundai team boss Andrea Adamo confirms Mikkelsen is out for the day but will return on Saturday. No news yet on the reason for the retirement. "He said sorry," Adamo reports.
Fri 16:08 - SS5: Sordo
Second quickest, just eight-tenths off Ogier's stage-leading pace. "It's close, eh? A really nice stage - perfect. It looks like for Ogier it was better, but hey!" WRC TV crew reports Sordo's car left a little oil on the road on the co-driver's side at the stop line.
Fri 16:06 - SS5: WRC 2 P. Heller
Moving again but with the boot open.
Fri 16:05 - SS5: Latvala
"Much better than the morning - 23 seconds quicker than my first time. I tried but I can't really do more. A couple of places a bit early on the brakes but otherwise good."
Fri 16:00 - SS5: Mikkelsen update
Stopped again at 25.5km. He is parked by the side of the stage. The boot is open and he and co-driver Anders are out of the car. He is carrying only one spare wheel.
Fri 15:58 - SS5: Evans
Second quickest. "That's okay, it felt like an okay run. A bit of movement but that's just representative of the grip."
Fri 15:55 - SS5: Lappi
Second quickest. A more confident run? "When the line is cleaner it's kind of easier, but in the end it's still very difficult."
Fri 15:52 - SS5: Meeke
7.9sec slower than Ogier. "It felt really good on the hard tyre. I'm happy with that."
Fri 15:51 - SS5: WRC 2 P. Heller
Reported stopped at 3.4km. He was fourth in WRC 2.
Fri 15:50 - SS5: Mikkelsen update
Moving again at speed - splits show the stop has cost him 1m30sec to Ogier.
Fri 15:50 - SS5: Ogier
9.87sec quicker than Neuville. "A little bit better - the grip is better than this morning." Mikkelsen's stop means that Ogier takes the rally lead. "That's not good news. I like to fight - not to take places like this."
Fri 15:48 - SS5: Mikkelsen
The rally leader has stopped at 13.8km! The same place were Suninen stopped earlier.
Fri 15:47 - SS5: Neuville
1.3sec quicker than Tanak and Neuville looks agitated. "I said in the stage I can't do any more. I don't know if I can catch time to Tanak but I can't do more."
Fri 15:45 - SS5: Tanak
The Estonian completes in 23m46.0s - that's almost 30sec quicker than his earlier pass. "It's hard say how much cleaner the road is. In some of the slow sections it was like it had never been driven before. Like before I did everything I could. The car feels good."
Fri 15:36 - SS5: Splits watch
Ogier fastest of the four drivers to the 11.47km split point. Tanak +3.6s, Neuville +3.0s, Meeke +1.5s. Neuville loses a second or two in a slow corner when he taps his Hyundai into a metal barrier.
Fri 15:25 - Suninen update
Confirmation from M-Sport that Suninen won't be back tomorrow. 'Unfortunately the damage to Teemu's Fiesta proved too much even for our technicians and he will not restart.'
Fri 15:22 - Tyres
Some variation in the choices this afternoon. Here are the numbers of Hard and Medium compound tyres the drivers have taken. Tanak: 3M&2H, Neuville/Mikkelsen/Sordo/Meeke/Evans/Lappi: 5H. Ogier/Latvala:4H&1M
Fri 15:18 - SS5: LIVE
Fri 15:16 - Stage info: SS5
El Chocolate 2, 31.57km. El Chocolate's roads are initially wide before narrowing as the stage climbs steeply through a sequence of hairpins on a bumpy surface. It becomes tighter still as it hugs the mountainside before another series of uphill hairpins after 16km. It plunges back downhill and then climbs again to a high point of 2660 metres. There are big cuts for the brave through long, enticing corners and tricky small bridges to negotiate.
Fri 15:16 - Welcome back
Crews are gathered the start of SS5, ready for a second bite of El Chocolate.
Fri 14:13 - Next stage: 1517hrs
That's Tanak's start time for the first stage of the repeat loop - El Chocolate.
Fri 14:12 - Service: LIVE
Manufacturer teams are hard at work at today's 40-minute midpoint service.
Fri 14:08 - Mexico WRC 2 after SS4
1.Bulacia 37m46.5s, 2.Guerra +0.3s, 3.A.Heller +38.4s, 4.P.Heller +48.4s. Pieniazek leads the WRC 2 Pro category
Fri 14:03 - Mexico after SS4
1.Mikkelsen 35m27.4s, 2.Ogier +1.6s, 3.Sordo +2.7s, 4.Evans +9.7s, 5.Meeke +11.2s
Fri 14:02 - Service: Sordo
"It's been good. I was surprised Sebastien was so fast in SS2 with his road position - he's on another planet. We'll see this afternoon, it will be hard on the tyres and more similar conditions for everyone."
Fri 13:58 - Service: Latvala
"I can't be completely satisfied with my position. Sixth is not what we were looking for. I didn't drive El Chocolate very well, I was hesitating. I found a better rhythm on the next ones and it got better. We are around 17 sec off the leader but everything is still open, this is a long rally."
Fri 13:55 - Service: Mikkelsen
"A good feeling, a positive start as we wanted. I had a very clean run through SS2, which we put a lot of effort into. A bit slower in SS3 but I didn't lose a lot. Okay, not a comfortable lead - small but nice."
Fri 13:53 - Service: Lappi
"Tomorrow is quite important for road position and now it doesn't look so good for us. It has not been very enjoyable. My driving is better than last year, we are closer, but it is very slippery and there have been a few moments where I went wide and had to back off."
Fri 13:49 - Service Meeke
"A good loop. No dramas. Just a lot of dust in the car in the first stage - that disturbed me a bit, coughing and spluttering. The second stage was much faster and the dust didn't get a chance to get in. A decent morning. I'm quite happy. This afternoon tyre choice will be crucial. It's so hot, it's difficult to decide."
Fri 13:47 - Service: Ogier
"It's been difficult. The first stage especially was difficult for everyone. I didn't feel comfortable. I had a feeling to fight a lot and it looks like it went okay. This afternoon it will be very hot. I hope the grip will be a bit higher."
Fri 13:44 - SS4: WRC 2 A. Heller
Nine-tenths slower than Bulacia here and Alberto slots third in the category, 10 seconds ahead of his brother.
Fri 13:40 - SS4: WRC 2 Bulacia
The early leader today, Marco is four-tenths quicker than Guerra here and regains the category lead by thee-tenths.
Fri 13:37 - SS4: WRC 2
Guerra starts the stage leading WRC 2 by just one-tenth from Bulacia. He's the quickest R5 car so far.
Fri 13:34 - SS4: WRC 2 P. Heller
Neat and tidy in the Fiesta R5 for Pedro.
Fri 13:32 - SS4: WRC 2 Pro Pieniazek
The Pole clips a kerb on the outside of a corner and gets bogged-down at a hairpin, but he completes in one piece.
Fri 13:29 - SS4: Sordo
Second quickest on stage and Sordo holds third place overall. Just 2.7sec separate the top three.
Fri 13:28 - Service: Neuville
"Much less cleaning today than I remember from last year. The time differences are not that big. The car feels good but after our slow puncture our position for the moment is not."
Fri 13:25 - Service: Tanak
"It's been standard, running first on the road. Lots of loose gravel. I know what it means. Nothing really special. The feeling is good. The car feels okay."
Fri 13:22 - SS4: Latvala
The 2016 rally winner slots second quickest so far.
Fri 13:19 - SS4: Mikkelsen
Quickest! Nine-tenths up on Ogier here and Andreas extends his rally lead to 1.6sec.
Fri 13:17 - SS4: Evans
Third quickest on stage so far for Elfyn in the remaining Fiesta. He slots fourth in the overall standings.
Fri 13:14 - SS4: Lappi
Slowest of the five drivers through so far - nine-tenths off the pace of Ogier.
Fri 13:10 - SS4: Meeke
Six-tenths off Ogier's pace and it looks like fifth overall for Kris.
Fri 13:08 - SS4: Ogier
Just seven-tenths off the rally lead, there is a chance for Seb to take the position from Mikkelsen here. He's quickest so far in 1m05.8s.
Fri 13:05 - SS4: Neuville
Cleanly through, three-tenths up on Tanak.
Fri 13:01 - SS4: Tanak
He's through in 1m06.3s. And it looks like eighth place after the opening four stages.
Fri 12:59 - SS4: LIVE!
Tanak sprints away from the line and into this short test.
Fri 12:09 - Stage info: SS4
Street Stage León 1, 1.11km The roads of León's service park campus host a short and twisty asphalt test aimed at bringing the action to the city's residents.
Fri 12:08 - Next stage: 1259hrs
That's Tanak's start time for the Street Stage Leon (SS4). Stage notes coming right up.
Fri 12:07 - Mexico after SS3:
1.Mikkelsen 34m22.5s, 2.Ogier +0.7s, 3.Sordo +2.3s, 4.Evans +8.5s, 5.Meeke +9.7s
Fri 11:55 - SS3: Sordo
Dani is second quickest, just half a second slower than Ogier. "I didn't do a really good stage, the feeling was good but I could have been faster in some places. We need to push more."
Fri 11:49 - SS3: Latvala
A much stronger run from Jari-Matti. He slots second quickest, 1.7sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 11:47 - SS3: Mikkelsen
Fourth fastest - and that's enough to keep the rally lead. Just.
Fri 11:46 - SS3: Evans
No issues for Elfyn from the look of his time. He's second quickest, just 1.8sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 11:44 - SS3: Lappi
Through 3.1sec off the pace.
Fri 11:38 - SS3: Meeke
Another good time, 3.3sec off Ogier's pace."Not bad, the feeling is okay. Quite tricky and dirty. I'm still learning the car, I'm happy with my start."
Fri 11:34 - SS3: Ogier
Quickest so far. "It's good. The first stage was very difficult, very slippery and I struggled to find any confidence. In this one the grip was better and it was a bit more enjoyable."
Fri 11:32 - SS3: Neuville
Seven-tenths quicker than Tanak this time, but Thierry is still extremely frustrated by his time loss on SS2. "Not much we can do after the puncture. We have to try and catch positions today to get a better road position tomorrow. If we can't do that, we're finished."
Fri 11:28 - SS3: Tanak
He completes in a benchmark time of 9m36.1s.
Fri 11:22 - Stage info: SS3
Ortega 1, 17.28km. Ortega marks the high point of the WRC season as cars top 2756 metres. Virtually the entire test is among the trees. After an undulating start, the roads narrow before a tight but fast downhill section leads into the finish. Drivers love this one with plenty of fast flowing corners.
Fri 11:22 - SS3: LIVE!
We're straight over to Ortega.
Fri 11:13 - SS2: Suninen update
Confirmation from M-Sport Ford that Suninen is out for the day. His car will be recovered to the service park.
Fri 11:11 - SS2: Sordo
A good start for Dani, third quickest, 2.6sec off Mikkelsen's fastest time. "Very slippery, difficult to find the feeling."
Fri 11:07 - SS2: Latvala
16.7sec off the pace and there is damage to the front-left of his Toyota. "We hit something," he explains. "The problem running far down the order is the number of rocks on the road. Everything is okay, no problem with the car."
Fri 11:04 - SS2: Suninen update
He's gone off. His Fiesta's front end is damaged, and possible missing a wheel. He is out of the car warning following competitors to slow down. He won't go any further today.
Fri 11:02 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Quickest! 2.5sec up on Ogier and Andreas springs into the lead. "We had a clean stage. Hard to know how hard to push but I tried to stay in the lines. The car feels really nice."
Fri 11:01 - SS2: Evans
A decent start, 6sec off the pace. But before he can say anything something inside the car grabs his attention and he speeds off. "I have to go."
Fri 10:58 - SS2: Lappi
17.1sec off the pace and Esapekka slots third quickest so far. And he's not happy about that. "It's quite similar to Australia. I don't understand really, it's a nightmare. It's not about the car I think but I have zero grip. Probably it's me. I just can't drive. It's a shame, but it is what it is..."
Fri 10:54 - SS2: Suninen
Reported stopped at 13.5km
Fri 10:53 - SS2: Meeke
A decent start from Kris who completes 5.7sec off Ogier's leading time. "Very slippery. I tried to keep the line. For my first stage in a new car I'm happy enough."
Fri 10:51 - SS2: Ogier
Quickest so far, 19sec up on Tanak, but Ogier had a stressful run in the Citroen. "It felt terrible, the grip is very low. I'm not comfortable in the car. I don't know why. Difficult."
Fri 10:49 - SS2: Neuville
He's through 22.7sec slower than Tanak and from the look of his de-laminated left-rear tyre that's where the time went. "It happened about 5km in. We nearly went off. I tried to avoid the rocks Tanak was putting on the road. We hit a stone and that must have done it. I couldn't avoid it."
Fri 10:45 - SS2: Tanak
He completes in 25m13.2s. He sounds and looks calm. "The beginning was not so bad but then it got more slippery and loose. The car is good. We did everything we could."
Fri 10:42 - SS2: Neuville update
More time loss to Tanak. At the 23.08km mark he is 11.7sec slower.
Fri 10:39 - SS2: Moment for Neuville?
Perhaps. He was dead level with Tanak at 11.47km but is 5.7sec slower at the 17.54km mark.
Fri 10:36 - SS2: Splits watch
Ogier still the man to beat at the 11.47km split. Compared to his time of 8m36.0s, Tänak and Neuville are both 5.2s, Meeke 1.4s
Fri 10:33 - SS2: Splits watch
Ogier quickest of the four cars to reach the 6.42km split. Tanak is +3s, Neuville +3.9s and Meeke +0.2s
Fri 10:19 - SS2: LIVE!
Tanak underway on time.
Fri 10:06 - Stage info: SS2
El Chocolate 1, 31.57km. El Chocolate's roads are initially wide before narrowing as the stage climbs steeply through a sequence of hairpins on a bumpy surface. It becomes tighter still as it hugs the mountainside before another series of uphill hairpins after 16km. It plunges back downhill and then climbs again to a high point of 2660 metres. There are big cuts for the brave through long, enticing corners and tricky small bridges to negotiate.
Fri 10:05 - SS2: Standby
Crews are gathering at the time control. Tanak's start time: 1018hrs
Fri 10:04 - WRC+ All Live is... LIVE!
The video coverage at WRC+ All Live is up and running.
Fri 10:00 - Start intervals
Three-minute intervals between all the cars today.
Fri 09:59 - Tyres
News in from Michelin that all WRC drivers have chosen 5 Michelin LTX Force M6 (medium compound) tyres for the morning loop.
Fri 09:58 - Friday's running order
We'll be running in championship order today, with title leader Tänak first on the road. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1.Tänak, 2. Neuville, 3. Ogier, 4. Meeke, 5.Lappi, 6.Evans, 7.Mikkelsen, 8.Latvala, 9.Suninen, 10.Sordo.
Fri 09:53 - Friday's itinerary
Crews will tackle a loop of two tests driven twice: the 31.57km El Chocolate and Ortega (17.28km). The day also features a single pass through the 10.72km Las Minas, a 1.1km street stage in León and two runs around the city’s racing circuit (2.33km).
Fri 09:43 - Friday's vital stats
Back to today then, here's what's on the menu: Start: 0900hrs (first car into service). Number of stages: 8. Stage distance: 114.19km. Finish: 2315hrs.
Fri 09:43 - Mexico after SS1
1.Lappi 1m00.6s, 2.Mikkelsen +00.1s, =3.Meeke +00.6s, =3.Evans +00.6s, =3.Neuville +00.6s, =3.Tanak +00.6s, =3. Ogier +00.6s. (notional times awarded to Neuville, Tänak and Ogier)
Fri 09:42 - And SS1?
The results have been sorted. Drivers unable to complete the stage before it was halted have been awarded notional times. WRC runners Tänak, Neuville and Ogier were each awarded a time of 1m01.2s - the same as Evans and Meeke. Overall standings coming up...
Fri 09:42 - So, what's happening?
After last night's spectacular opening ceremony in Guanajuato, we're getting set for the first full day of competition.
Fri 09:41 - We're live
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Fri 09:41 - Hello again
And welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico.
Thu 21:26 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for the latest news and analysis, and don't forget the 'All Live' service on WRC+ for stage recaps and loads of exclusive extras. Bye for now.
Thu 21:25 - Coming up
114.19km of competition split over eight stages including the awesome Ortega and El Chocolate which gets things underway at 1018hrs.
Thu 21:23 - Join us on Friday
When the rally resumes and crews set off for the high-altitude dirt roads east of León.
Thu 21:21 - Onward!
An unexpected outcome from the opening stage, but it's where we'll have to end our live text coverage tonight.
Thu 21:17 - SS1: Update
Word from rally organisers on the reason for the cancellation. "The jump was damaged and because it could not be repaired without a safe inspection being carried out in the time available, the decision was taken to cancel the stage."
Thu 21:10 - SS1: Times
It is not yet known whether notional times will be awarded to those drivers who did not tackle the stage or whether all times will be scrubbed.
Thu 21:01 - SS1: Cancelled
Confirmation that the stage has been stopped. The remaining competitors will not drive it.
Thu 20:56 - SS1: Ogier
Out of the car now and talking to event officials, along with remaining drivers Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville. From the look of the hand gestures, the discussion relates to the jump near the stage end.
Thu 20:53 - SS1: Ogier
Still on the line. Seb and Julien are waiting in the car. Julien's door is open.
Thu 20:48 - SS1: Ogier
Held on the start line momentarily.
Thu 20:47 - SS1: Meeke
Quickest at shakedown, Kris is extremely careful over the jump and slots third quickest so far. "I feel good. This is a new car and new team. The rally is going to be long."
Thu 20:45 - SS1: Lappi
Lucky to hang after an ENORMOUS jump that send sparks flying from the front of his Citroen on landing. "I wasn't expecting that, to be honest," he says.
Thu 20:42 - SS1: Evans
Five-tenths off Mikkelsen's leading pace. "It was okay, a bit slippery into the first corner and this jump is really, really aggressive. That took us by surprise, otherwise okay."
Thu 20:39 - SS1: Mikkelsen
The Norwegian quickest through so far but it was another hairy nose-heavy jump. "It was very slippery in the tunnel with the water, and that jump is quite nasty, but we were warned by the guys ahead."
Thu 20:36 - SS1: Latvala
Latvala hoping to get his title challenge back on track this weekend. He's two-tenths slower than Sordo/Suninen here and there's a lot of animated chat inside the car. "The finish line was not where I marked it on the recce. Not in the right place. I braked too early. It was not properly marked."
Thu 20:32 - SS1: Suninen
The M-Sport Ford man matches Sordo's time exactly but wanted more. "It's great to be here, but this was just one kilometre and it was not a good run for me."
Thu 20:30 - SS1: Sordo
The first of the World Rally Car runners, Sordo is back in the WRC for the first time since Spain last year. He's comfortably quickest so far. "It's a nice atmosphere but you can use a lot on this stage! I enjoy with with the spectators. Now I'm looking forward to El Chocolate tomorrow!"
Thu 20:26 - SS1: P.Heller
A cautious start from the second Heller brother, who completes 1.1sec slower than Alberto. "Nice to be here in Mexico again, a lot of crowds. We will enjoy!" he says.
Thu 20:23 - SS1: Bulacia
A big dab of brakes before the jump and Bulacia's Skoda has a relatively smooth landing. Third quickest so far.
Thu 20:20 - SS1: A.Heller
First of the Heller brothers on stage, Alberto won the WRC 2 category in Australia last year. He lands his car on its nose as well. It seems okay though. "I'm happy to be here," he says at the finish. Quickest so far in 1m05.9s.
Thu 20:18 - SS1: WRC 2 Pieniazek
Quickest so far, but there is a a very nose-heavy landing over the jump near the finish. "I'm very, very excited and that was crazy! The jump is really big!" Indeed it is.
Thu 20:15 - SS1: Trivino
2.6sec off the pace for the Mexican who is co-driven by former Hyundai and Citroen man Marc Marti. "Very nice. My first rally in this car - fantastic!"
Thu 20:12 - SS1: Guerra
A crowd-pleasing run from Benito who clears the stage in 1m07.0s. "It was very difficult being the first car. There was water in the tunnel, it was slippery and I nearly hit the kerb. I think we managed to get a good time."
Thu 20:09 - SS1: Guerra
Thu 20:06 - SS1: Guerra
The crowds go wild as the local hero positions his Skoda on the start podium. "It's amazing to have all these people here, supporting me as a Mexican driver," he says. "I want to give them something to cheer. They want to celebrate a Mexican win and I'm going to do my best!"
Thu 20:03 - Stage info: SS1
Street Stage GTO, 1.14km. One of the WRC season highlights. Immediately after the colourful start ceremony at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, competitors drive the opening stage through the packed streets of Guanajuato. Part of it runs underground through tunnels dating back to when the town was the world's silver mining centre. High kerbs lining the roads must be avoided.
Thu 20:02 - WRC+ All Live is... LIVE!
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Thu 20:00 - Start intervals
Three-minute gaps between all the cars tonight.
Thu 19:58 - Thursday's running order
We'll be running in championship order on Friday, but for tonight's show the WRC 2 and R5 runners will take the lead. Here's how they'll line up. 1.Guerra, 2.Trivino, 3.Pieniazek, 4.A.Heller, 5.Bulacia, 6.P.Heller, 7.Sordo, 8.Suninen, 9.Latvala, 10.Mikkelsen, 11.Evans, 12.Lappi, 13.Meeke, 14.Ogier, 15.Neuville, 16.Tänak.
Thu 19:51 - Weather
It was a beautiful hot, sunny day in Leon with a high of 28°C. Sunset was at 1852hrs, but it's still 22°C as we get set for the start ceremony. Clear skies overhead, a light breeze and the promise of another hot and dry day on Friday.
Thu 19:46 - Thursday's itinerary
A ceremonial start in the centre of Guanajuato, in front of the stunning Alhondiga de Granaditas museum, kicks things off from 1958hrs. After that, it's straight to the action, and the wild opening stage that darts through the silver mining tunnels of the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first car is due on stage at 2008hrs
Thu 19:40 - Thursday's vital stats
Start: 1800hrs (leave Leon). First car into stage (SS1): 2008hrs. Number of stages: 1. Stage distance: 1.14km. Finish: 21.38hrs.
Thu 19:37 - So, what's happening?
Three weeks after the last round in Sweden, we're almost green for go in Mexico! Coming up tonight, a spectacular ceremonial start and short street stage on the narrow cobbled roads of Guanajuato.
Thu 19:36 - We're live
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Thu 19:36 - Good evening!
And welcome to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico.
Thu 18:28 - SS1 STREET STAGE GTO
SS1 starts 20:08 (UTC-6 / local time Méxcio) - watch live on WRC+
Mon 14:36 - Rally Guanajuato México 2019
Watch the 26 min. Preview Magazine on wrcplus.com