10.03.13

2013 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Day 3

FIA News Bulletin from Day 3 of the 2013 Rally Guanajuato Mexico

RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO
(07-10 MARCH 2013)

RALLY NEWS

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claimed a dominant victory in Rally Guanajuato Mexico today, the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The French duo won by more than three minutes to take the second victory for the Volkswagen Polo R WRC in its debut year in the Championship. Second position was taken by Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen in the Citroën DS3 WRC and Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul took their first-ever WRC podium in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
 
The final day of competition in Rally Mexico covered just three stages but opened with the massive 54.85 kilometre Guanajuatito stage. This was immediately followed by the 21.14 kilometre Power Stage, where Ogier, Mads Østberg and Jari-Matti Latvala collected the additional points for being the fastest three drivers through this single stage. The event then concluded with a run around the final super special stage on the outskirts of Leon.
 
Ogier was able to cruise to the finish, such was his overnight advantage and he finished second to Hirvonen in the first long stage. He then took victory in the Power Stage and the super special to win by three minutes 28.9 seconds. The fight for second position between Hirvonen and Neuville was set to be the thriller of the day but, pushing hard, Neuville went off the road in the opening stage which secured Hirvonen second. Dani Sordo and Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed fourth and fifth respectively and Chris Atkinson climbed into the top six in his first WRC event this year.
 
The FIA World Rally Championship contenders now head back to Europe for the first non-specialised rally of the season, the all-gravel Rally de Portugal (11-14 April).
 
Rally Guanajuato Mexico – Final Unofficial Results (subject to final scrutineering)
  
1.   Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
2.   Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
3.   Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul
4.   Dani Sordo/Carlos Del Barrio
5.   Nasser Al-Attiyah/G Bernacchini
6.   Chris Atkinson/Stephane Prévot
7.   Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino
8.   Benito Guerra/Borja Rozada
9.   Martin Prokop/Michal Ernst
10. Evgeny Novikov/Ilka Minor
Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
4 hr 30 min 27.0sec
4 hr 33 min 55.9sec
4 hr 34 min 50.8sec
4 hr 36 min 33.7sec
4 hr 39 min 01.6sec
4 hr 41 min 55.0sec
4 hr 42 min 15.3sec
4 hr 43 min 16.8sec
4 hr 44 min 56.0sec
4 hr 47 min 42.3sec

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (after 3 of 13 rounds)

Sébastien Ogier (FRA)
Sébastien Loeb (FRA)
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)
Dani Sordo (ESP)
Mads Østberg (NOR)
Thierry Neuville (BEL)
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)
Martin Prokop (CZE)
Bryan Bouffier (FRA)
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)
Juho Hanninen (FIN)
Chris Atkinson (AUS)
Ken Block (USA)
Sepp Weigand (DEU)
Henning Solberg (NOR)
Benito Guerra (MEX)
Evgeny Novikov (RUS)
Olivier Burri (CHE)
Michal Kosciuszko (POL)
Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU)
74 points
43 points
30 points
27 points
26 points
25 points
15 points
14 points
10 points
10 points
8 points
8 points
6 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point
1 point
 

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (after 3 of 13 rounds)

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Volkswagen Motorsport
Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team
Qatar World Rally Team
Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team
Jipocar Czech National Team
Lotos WRC Team
87 points
81 points
37 points
35 points
23 points
14 points
12 points