Sebastien Ogier's lead at the rally in Mexico increased to three and a half minutes before the start of Sunday's event, after the organizers reimbursed the Volkswagen racer for the time he lost on Saturday due to the closed prison.
Ogier had to stop on the Oates stage on Saturday as someone closed the roadblock after all the other racers had passed the speed test. Ogier nevertheless finished the stage with a nearly three-minute lead, and the timekeepers, with the help of GPS and intermediate times, found that the Ogier-Ingrassia crew had lost 40 seconds due to an unfortunate event. This time was returned to them by the organizers and so they enjoy a three-minute advantage and 29.7 seconds over the second Mikko Hirvonen before the last three stages.
Volkswagen team boss Jost Capito said he is pleased that his racer continues to dominate the ride, despite such a favorable advantage. “Sebastien Ogierj is completely in his league here in Mexico. He showed another fantastic show. He’s completely caught the rhythm, so we’re not going to try to curb him. We will let him continue as he sees fit, ”Capito said.
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