Rally Mexico: Easy start for Ogier in his 100th WRC event

  • 2016 Rally Mexico, Sebastien Ogier and Jelien Ingrassia, 100th WRC event

Reigning world rally champion Sebastien Ogier started the Rally Guanajuato Mexico, the third round of 2016 World Rally Championship, with two wins in Thursday’s night’s three short special stages and he is leading ahead Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. For Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia, this is 100th WRC event in a career.

2016 Rally Mexico, Guanajuato, Sebastien Ogier

Rally Mexico was opened with street stage at Guanajuato

Neuville fastest at underground’s special stage

Immediately after the colourful start ceremony 28 crews participated in the opening stage through the streets of Guanajuato. Part of it runs underground through tunnels dating back to when the town was the world’s silver mining centre. Thierry Neuville was the fastest driver on the 1.09km stage, just 0.1 ahead Lorenzo Bertelli and 0.3s ahead Ogier.

The action then switched to Leon’s motor racing circuit, where two head-to-head super special stages were held. Ogier was fastest on both stages and he secured 1.7s advantage for Friday’s start.

“It’s not a big lead but it’s better than nothing. Everything counts and we have done our job tonight, now we’re looking forward to the real start of the rally tomorrow,” Ogier said.

Friday’s schedule features seven special stages. Famous El Chocolate (54.21km) will be run twice, same as Las Minas (15.36km) and Leon’s Super Special. One more stage will be held at streets of Leon.

Photos: Volkswagen Motorsport, wrc.com

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