BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala has slipped out of contention in the battle for the victory on the Corona Rally Mexico.

Latvala had been running in second place, 12.9 seconds behind Citroen's Sebastien Loeb when mechanical problems delayed him in Duarte 2 and he lost more than 40 seconds. He now lies 7.6 seconds behind Chris Atkinson in third and more than a minute off the lead.

Latvala's team-mate Mikko Hirvonen also had a bad start to the afternoon's repeat loop and he lost over 3 minutes in SS12, when he hit a rock and had to stop to change a tyre. He also picked up another puncture later on and as a result dropped from P4 to P5.

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