Loeb. Rally Mexico. Two things that put together have an inevitable outcome. And so it came to pass that Citroen’s Sebastian Loeb achieved victory on the 400km of rock-strewn, sun-scorched stages in the New Leon province – his sixth consecutive win in the event.
It was Citroen’s first 1-2 of 2012 – made easier by a series of disasters for Rally Sweden winner Jari-Matti Latvala. Leading on the first day, suspension breakage dropped the Finn out of the top eight, then a puncture interrupted his fight-back – and finally a roll knocked him out for good, as the Fiesta’s rollcage was too badly damaged in the impact. Fords did manage to fill third to fifth positions at the end (Ken Block managed also ninth in his Fiesta), and a highlight was another strong performance from Sebastian Ogier in the S2000-spec Skoda, mixing it with the WRCs and taking eight overall.
As part of the WRC’s continuing attempts to make this year’s rallies more challenging, the route was 145km longer than last year – 60 percent longer than in 2011. The Guanajuatito stage on the final morning of the rally was up from 30km to 55km, for instance. So, enjoy this highlights reel from the rally – and the phenomenal jumps in particular! Next up is Rally Portugal at the end of the month.
Final Top 5 Positions:
1: Sebastian Loeb (Citroen DS3) 4h15m32.7s
2: Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen DS3) +42.4s
3: Petter Solberg (Ford Fiesta) +2m11.4s
4: Mads Ostberg (Adapta Ford Fiesta) +4m51.5s
5: Ott Tanak (M-Sport Ford Fiesta) +5m02.6s