Subaru's Petter Solberg has lost the lead on the Rally Mexico after failing to start the final 'proper' test of the day, the 17.88 kilometre run through El Cubilete 2.

The Norwegian, who took the lead from the off this morning [Friday] and who was 2.1 seconds up on Sebastien Loeb post-SS5, was sidelined on the road section to SS6, when a loss of engine oil forced him to pull out.

Petter's new Impreza WRC2007 has now been recovered to the service area at Leon Poliforum for a thorough inspection before a decision is taken by the Banbury-based outfit on whether or not he can re-start on Saturday under the SupeRally format.

Petter's exit has handed Loeb a comfortable advantage - and the Frenchman now heads Chris Atkinson and Mikko Hirvonen, who are split by less than 1 second, by just under 30-seconds.

More to follow as we get it...

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