Sebastien Ogier leads Rally Mexico after two evening speed trials. The third race of this year's World Rally Championship was started by the racers with a speed test around the city of Guanajuato, which runs entirely on asphalt and through a 300m tunnel. Belgian Thierry Neuville started the fastest and won the first one-kilometer speed test. The rally was also started excellently by the Italian Lorenzo Bertelli, who finished the first test in second place. Third-placed in the first test Sebastien Ogier quickly showed his teeth and won the second test, which took place on a mixed basis. "I've always loved the start of this rally because the atmosphere here is amazing," Ogier said, adding, "It's nice to lead tonight and you can count on me tomorrow to give it my all." Neuville
In Mexico, as every year, racers expect high temperatures and lots of dust this year as well. Championship leader Sebastien Ogier will start first on Friday and Saturday and will therefore have poorer conditions on the track. The opposite is true for racers who are ranked lower in the overall standings and will have better conditions due to the clean track and better grip. Fifth-ranked Mads Ostberg hopes to make up for lost time: "The first starting position here is really not an advantage, I will start as the fifth, and it's a good starting position, I have to take advantage of it." Robert Kubica also hopes to make good use of the starting position. Jari-Matti Latvala will be fourth on the track and will try to make up for the big gap in the fight for the champion. Finn positive: "After the disappointment in Sweden, I feel great here and
Only 9.6 seconds separated the first three racers before the final day of the race in Sweden. In first place, Thierry Neuville started the last three speed trials in his Hyundai i20 WRC, followed by Volkswagen Polo R WRC racers. Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen with only 1.5 seconds behind and current world champion Sebastien Ogier with 9.6 seconds behind. The first morning speed test was won by Ogier with a small advantage of 1.3 seconds over his teammate Andreas Mikkelsen. Neuville finished the test in third place with a time of 6.6 seconds, pushing him to second place in the overall standings. Thus, the first three racers were separated by only 6.8 seconds before continuing. The second test of the final day was won by the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala in front of his teammates
Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen will start the second day of the rally in Sweden with a lead of 19.1 seconds ahead of teammate Sebastien Ogier. Up to the 14.76-kilometer-long ninth Torsby test, fast Ogier was in the lead, followed by Latvala with a 2.9-second lag, and then both Volkswagen racers made a mistake. The Frenchman braked too late in a sharp turn and hit the snow bank, where he lost almost 40 seconds and thus landed in fourth place overall. At the same speed test, some 500 meters before the finish line, Latvala made a mistake, drove off the road, which was again helped by many spectators, but lost a thick eight minutes and thus fell out of the fight for high places. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) finished second on the second day and Mads Ostberg, who finished third,
With his first victory on the asphalt surface at a rally in France, Jari-Matti Latvala revived hopes for this year's world title. The Finn reduced Sebastien Oier's lead from 50 to 27 points in the total score two rallies before the end. More to follow ...
Sebastien Ogier has taken a step closer to defending his title in Australia. Despite small differences, the Frenchman successfully kept teammates Jari-Matti Latvalo and Andreas Mikkelsen behind. Volkswagen's racers thus stood on all three podiums on the winners' podium, with which the German car brand also sealed this year's design championship in the best possible way and celebrated its second consecutive world title. In the racing championship, the story is not quite over yet, as Ogier leads with a 50-point advantage over Latvala, and in the last three rallies, another 75 points are available, plus a few extra ones. The Finn Latvala won Sunday's sprint test, where he won three bonus points, one more than Ogier. This one lost five seconds of time against the Finn, a
Hyundai is facing a two-time victory before the end of the rally at the rally in Germany, after Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke lost the lead after a chaotic Sunday morning. Latvala led before the start of Sunday's part of the German rally, and then smashed his car on the first HP of the day. Meeke thus took the lead, taking the test the fastest and increasing his lead over Hyundai racer Thierry Neuville to 8.4 seconds. But the slippery track took another turn. Meeke crashed into a wall with his Citroen DS3 after only a few hundred meters of the next test and left the lead to Neuville, which has to safely drive only two more tests to the finish line of the rally, giving the Korean manufacturer its first victory in the world rally.
On the last day of the race in Finland, the home team Jari-Matti Latvala defended a good 3 seconds advantage over Ogier, and so it remained after the last three speed trials. Finca's final advantage over Ogier was thus 3,6 seconds. However, the Frenchman Ogier overtook Latvalo by a tenth of a second in the power stage. In the overall standings of the WRC championship, the race on the Finnish macadam did not bring significant changes. Volkswagen's dominance continues, except that Latval recorded his third victory this year, but he is still far behind Ogier in the overall standings, as he won the other five races. Norwegian Mikkelsen, a member of Volkswagen's second team, finished in fourth place, but he has already achieved quite a few excellent results this year. Kris Meeke finished in third place, but he was also the only one who is
After 23 out of a total of 26 speed trials, a tense fight to the last meter promises to take place in Finland. As usual, the Volkswagen team is in the forefront, more precisely the local Jari-Matti Latvala and the leader in the overall standings Sebastian Ogier. The latter is only 3 seconds behind the Finn, who was struggling with brake problems. After a poor start for the Frenchman, he has had some good times in the last speed trials, and will try to make up for the minimal gap behind his teammate tomorrow. He disappointed Robert Kubica again, who broke the car on Friday and will obviously also finish the race on the Finnish macadam without points, as he is currently lower than 40th place in the overall standings. Kris Meeke, a 35-year-old Briton, who was in second place for half of the race and is currently 32 seconds behind, is doing well.
Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (VW) is the winner of the rally in Poland. With this, he only consolidated his position in the first place in the WRC class. The Volkswagen team also played a major role in the race in Poland. On the macadam roads of Poland, three Volkswagen drivers were ranked among the top five. Ogier's closest follower Jari-Matti Latvala was in fifth place, while the Frenchman was accompanied on the podium by 25-year-old Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen, who took second podium after three consecutive fourth places this season (both times in second place behind Ogier). ). With this victory, Ogier greatly increased his advantage in the overall standings of the World Cup. He is now 50 points ahead of Jari-Matti Latvalo and the championship in the half seems to be almost decided. But we can certainly argue