Rally Mexico: Perfect weekend and 16th career WRC win for Jari-Matti Latvala
Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen Motorsport, Polo R WRC) crowned his perfect weekend in Mexico with a win at Rally Mexico, the third round of 2016 World Rally Championship. The Finn scored his 16th career WRC victory in front of team-mate Sebastien Ogier and Spaniard Dani Sordo in Hyundai i20 WRC.
Volkswagen Motorsport collected maximum points not only with 1-2 in the overall classification but also with top positions at Power Stage. Ogier was fastest at 16.47km stage Agua Zarca and he added two more points to his account, increasing the lead in the championship classification. Latvala was second fastest at Power Stage, ahead Hayden Paddon.
Ogier fastest at Power Stage
After his dominating performance during Friday and Saturday Latvala started Sunday’s 80km monster stage with a minute and a half advantage over Ogier. Ogier was fastest over Guanajuato stage, which was the longest stage in the World Rally Championship since 1986. Latvala was 25.3sec slower and his advantage remained big enough for the comfortable run through the last stage.
The overall classification after Sunday’s two stages remained the same as the day before. Mads Ostberg (Ford) finished fourth and progressed to second place in the championship after three rallies. New Zealander Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) took the fifth place. Ott Tanak (Ford), Martin Prokop (Ford), Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford), WRC-2 winner Teemu Suninen (Škoda Fabia) and Valery Gorban (Mini Cooper WRC) completed Top 10.