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Loeb gives C4 first gravel win in Mexico.

Petter Solberg, as mentioned previously, was the only works' retirement, although he was joined on the sidelines on Saturday by Ford privateer, Gareth MacHale. Gareth's dad, Austin, also went out, but he waited until Sunday, when he rolled in his Focus in SS18.

In the Production Car WRC category, Mark Higgins led pretty much from start to finish and eventually beat Toshi Arai by 1min 20secs. It was by no means easy for the Brit though and he came under continual pressure from Mirco Baldacci on days one and two, only getting some breathing space, when Mirco had a puncture in SS14 and dropped down to fourth.

Kristian Sohlberg completed the PWRC podium - 1 minute off Arai and 1.5 minutes up on Baldacci, to grab the lead in the Production standings, while Travis Pastrana came in fifth followed by Stepan Vojtech, Fumio Nutahara and Spyros Pavildes, in sixth, seventh and eighth.

The big casualty in the Production class was reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah. Al-Attiyah retired early on day one with mechanical problems.

The WRC now returns to Europe for the next event on the schedule. The Rally de Portugal gets underway in just over 2 weeks time, running from March 29-April 1.


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