Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson finished day 2 of the Corona Rally Mexico in sixth place, despite a few scares, including having a rock hurled at his car in SS13.

Wilson, who moved up a place on Saturday, had already had a few problems in the final test in the morning, when he spun on a right-hand hairpin corner and stalled losing around 10 seconds. A few kilometres later trouble struck again, when a stray dog ran onto the road slightly damaging the front-end of his Focus.

It was the incident in the repeat-run through Duarte however that left him most annoyed, when a stone was thrown at his windscreen around 2 kilometres in, damaging the glass and leaving him with some visibility problems over the closing kilometres and the final two super specials. Wilson later branded the culprit or culprits 'stupid'.

Despite the dramas though, he was pleased to finish proceedings in sixth, especially as he is also nominated to score manufacturers' points for the Stobart team this weekend, the first time since Rally GB in 2006.

"It has been another good day for us and now we are looking safe to score our first WRC points of the year. This morning went OK but I did struggle a little bit with the pace in areas as I was able to push sometimes but where it was rough I probably backed off a bit too much," he reflected.

"We lost about 10 seconds on stage 11 after I spun on a hairpin right and stalled the car which took a bit to get started again. We also hit a dog in the same stage so it was a fairly eventful one to round off the morning. A stone also hit the middle of our windscreen making it impossible to see in SS13. It was so stupid.

"I was happy to be setting times today in and around the top-six however and it's great to get the car back to final service after what has been a challenging second day of Rally Mexico. Tomorrow we will take another steady approach and look to hold sixth position which would be a fantastic result here."

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson was full of praise for his son, who set top nine times in every single stage, including three sixth fastest efforts on the repeat loop in the afternoon.

"It has been another great day for Matthew and he is now in a good position to score his first points of the year. He has had a couple of small problems but has managed to get through at a reasonable pace and stay out of trouble. Now Matthew has the chance to score some good points for the Stobart team and help to keep their strong position in the Manufacturers' Championship," Wilson Sr concluded.

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