Hyundai number one driver Thierry Neuville has crashed out of Rally Mexico while battling for the lead.

Neuville, who was 11 seconds behind rally leader Sebastien Ogier after SS7, suffered a puncture near the end of SS8 - the 44.13km El Chocolate 2 test - and then rolled his i20 WRC around 1km from the finish.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul were both okay, but were unable to continue due to a hole in the radiator.

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"It is a sad end to what has been a very positive day of rally for me, Nicolas and the team," Neuville said back in service. "We didn't expect to go as well today given our second place on the road today but a clever tyre choice as well as a competitive car helped us to compensate.

"I had a good rhythm and felt good in the car this morning. I had spin in SS4 which lost about ten seconds but then won the following Las Minas stage to mount a fight for the lead of the rally.

"The afternoon loop started well but towards the end of the repeat El Chocolate stage, I had a puncture and lost control of the car. We rolled and a hole in the radiator prevented us from continuing."

It has since been confirmed that Neuville will re-start on Saturday under Rally 2. He is currently classified in 19th position.