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Ogier fastest in shakedown

Sebastien Ogier leads the way as Citroen secure the top three times in shakedown for Rally Mexico
Sebastien Ogier was quickest in shakedown for the second round of the World Rally Championship season in Mexico.

The Citroen driver covered the 5.13km run through the San Juan de Otates in 2min 51.7secs, which meant he was quicker than Petter Solberg by just two tenths of a second. That was despite Solberg damaging the steering on his car, with repairs being carried out ahead of the first stage on Thursday evening.

Reigning champion Sebastien Loeb was third fastest as Citroen locked out the top three times, with Jari-Matti Latvala the quickest of the Ford drivers in fourth. Stobart pair Mads Ostberg and Matthew Wilson rounded out the top six.

Shakedown was delayed by nearly an hour as event organisers were forced to move a number of spectators who were in an unsafe area on the side of the road.

"There were too many spectators on two corners and Jacek Bartos [the FIA safety delegate] said they must move positions before the test could continue,” rally director Patrick Suberville said. “Naturally we agreed with this decision and obviously helped to get the spectators to stand in a safe area. We normally get a lot of spectators for the shakedown but normally at the start and finish of this stage. This time they were in other areas."

Rally Mexico Shakedown times – Top Ten:

1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2min 51.7secs
2. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC 2min 51.9secs
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2min 52.9secs
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC 2min 53.3secs
5. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 55.3secs
6. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 55.5secs
7. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC 2min 55.9secs
8. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 56.4secs
9. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 56.5secs
10. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 57.7secs



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