Yuriy Protasov secured his second WRC2 victory of the year last weekend on Rally Mexico, a result that gives him a clear lead in the championship standings.

Matching the speed of his rivals, the Ukrainian, who was piloting an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta R5, adopted a tactical drive through Mexico's challenging stages and the approach paid off, not only giving him the class win, but also a top-ten finish overall.

Heading into the final day, Protasov enjoyed a 25-minute lead, but not even a broken driveshaft - incurred after a heavy landing on SS19 - could halt the youngster and he eventually finished 23 minutes 41 seconds up on Lorenzo Bertelli, his closest class rival.

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"We are happier than we could have ever imaged to be at the end of this rally," he stated. "It was a very good result for us and to have won by such a margin - against so many strong drivers - is a very good feeling."

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson added: "With so much drama this weekend, Yuriy didn't put a foot wrong, and even when he developed a small issue on the final day, he had established such a strong lead that he was able to manage the issue and take the Fiesta home for another thoroughly deserved victory."

"[Overall] it is very satisfying indeed to see our cars performing so well in the WRC's premier support series and thanks to Yuriy's victory this weekend, a Fiesta has won every single round of the series so far this year," Wilson continued.

"That is a big boost for the teams both on- and off-event who put a vast amount of work into each and every one of our Fiesta models."