Citroen's Sebastien Ogier has retired from Rally Mexico after going off the road in the very first stage this morning ending his hopes of winning the second round in the 2011 World Rally Championship.

Ogier had been leading by 10.5 seconds at the end of day two, but he stopped around 14 kilometres into SS20, the 29.13 km-run through Guanajuatito, as he pushed to hold onto P1 and stay ahead of his team-mate, Sebastien Loeb. Loeb now takes over at the head of the pack, comfortably ahead of Ford's Mikko Hirvonen, who moves up to second. Jari-Matti Latvala lies third.

"I was not happy to see him [Ogier] there [on the side of the road]," Loeb said at the finish of SS20. "It is not so nice to have to push with team-mates.

"But it was my job to push. I wanted to fight. It is very important I finish now," he concluded.

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