Andreas Mikkelsen lost vital ground on World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier and says he moves on to Rally Argentina to make amends for the disappointment.
After a solid but unspectacular start to Rally Mexico the Volkswagen Motorsport II driver began to climb the leaderboard on leg two but while running in fourth and closing in on Dani Sordo he crashed out on the SS15 Otates.
After beaching his Volkswagen Polo R in a ditch the Norwegian had hoped to return under Rally 2 regulations but missed out due to the damage to his car being terminal.
As a result, Mikkelsen conceded a considerable points deficit to Ogier and also slipped to third in the WRC drivers' standings behind M-Sport's Mads Ostberg.
“Unfortunately, the Rally Mexico was over for us far too early, although we were doing well,” Mikkelsen said. “We reduced our deficit to Dani Sordo on Saturday morning and wanted to continue to attack third place. But on the second pass of 'Otates' we came over a crest a little too quickly then came out wide and hit a buttress at the front right. We spun around and came off the road. There was no way we could keep driving since we were stuck in a ditch.
“Naturally, that is more than disappointing since I had planned on much more. My mechanics tried to get the car ready to restart under Rally 2 regulations, but unfortunately it wasn't possible. We are now looking ahead to Argentina and are focussed on making amends for leaving here empty-handed.”
Mikkelsen heads to next month's Rally Argentina with a 45-point deficit to Ogier after the opening three rounds.