The M-Sport World Rally Team secured their third podium finish in a row at Rally Mexico over the weekend as WRC points leader Sebastien Ogier finished the event in second place behind Citroen’s Kris Meeke and in heads to Corsica next month with an eight point advantage over Jari Matti Latvala.
Speaking following Rally Mexico, Ogier commented by saying:
I’m really pleased with this result. Coming away from Mexico with 22 points is a great result for me and honestly I would have taken that before the rally. Opening the road on Friday, we knew that we would struggle in the loose conditions but I think we managed it pretty well.
“When the conditions become more even we were able to set the same pace as Kris but I must congratulate him also. He had a really strong drive and didn’t give us the chance to make any inroads into his lead so it was a deserved victory for him.
It was another strong rally for Ott Tanak in the second Ford Fiesta as he finished the rally in fourth place and as a result he maintained third place in points standings. Following the event, Tanak stated:
We lost a lot of time on Friday so it was a shame not to be on the podium, but it was still a positive event for us. From yesterday onwards we were back on the pace and setting good times so I’m happy with that. It was a very positive rally for the team as a whole and we’ve got some more good points on the board for the championship which is really important.
Elfyn Evans in the DMACK Ford Fiesta ended the event in ninth place and speaking following the rally he stated:
It’s been a tricky weekend with the penalty and then having to run first on the road, but overall I think we can be pretty happy with the weekend. This was our first time on gravel with these new cars and we’ve completed all of the mileage with good speed and three stage victories.
“It could have been a lot worse for sure and we’ve collected a lot of good knowledge which bodes well for the next gravel outing in Argentina.
M-Sport have maintained their lead in the manufacturers championship and speaking following the conclusion of Rally Mexico, Team Principal Malcolm Wilson OBE commented by saying:
It’s been another great rally for us and it’s fantastic to see the Fiesta performing so strongly on all surfaces. We’ve witnessed asphalt, snow and gravel and we’ve proven to be competitive on all three.
“With another podium for Sébastien he’s regained the lead in the drivers’ championship; and with Ott just behind in fourth we’ve strengthened our lead at the head of the manufacturers’ championship. It was also particularly rewarding to see all three cars setting fastest stage times once again.
“But it’s not just in the main field that we’ve shown our strength. In the WRC 2 category, Éric has been very impressive. He’s been a bit unlucky at times this weekend, but when everything was working in his favour I think it’s fair to say that he had the measure of everyone else.
“It’s great to see him regaining his confidence, but it’s also great from a team perspective with a new evolution for the Fiesta R5 waiting in the wings.