Ford's Petter Solberg has lost his overnight lead on Rally Mexico after picking up a puncture this morning in the very first stage.
Solberg, who had been quickest in the qualifying stage and the short Guanajuato Street Stage on Thursday, began the day 0.4 seconds up on Sebastien Loeb. However 4 kilometres into the 22.12 km El Cubilete test [SS2] the tyre deflated and then the Norwegian lost further time later on with a spin. He now drops outside the top-ten, having lost over 50 seconds.
Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile set the pace in SS2, the first 'proper' test of the event. He lies 1 second up on Jari-Matti Latavala, with Loeb third, 4.8 seconds further back. Thierry Neuville and Mads Ostberg complete the top five.
More to follow later...