Sebastien Loeb has taken the victory on Rally Mexico, the second round in the 2011 WRC.

Loeb had been locked in a fierce fight throughout the three-days with his team-mate Sebastien Ogier, but in the opening test today, while pushing to maintain his hold on P1, Ogier went off the road and broke his front left wheel. His exit left Loeb comfortably out front and the WRC record man could then pace himself to the end to give the DS3 WRC its first ever victory. It was Loeb's fifth win in succession in Leon.

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile took the 'Power Stage' honours and the runners-up spot, followed by the sister factory Ford Abu Dhabi car of Jari-Matti Latvala, who was third in the overall rankings.

Petter Solberg recovered from mechanical woes in SS6 - which cost him around seven minutes and dropped him from third to 13th - to fight his way back up to fourth in his privately entered DS3 WRC.

Mads Ostberg was another to survive and came in fifth, with fellow M-Sport Stobart Ford man Henning Solberg sixth after power steering problems on Saturday and then more mechanical woes today.

Further back, Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed the SWRC class win and seventh place overall in his Ford Fiesta S2000. Fellow SWRC runners Martin Prokop and Juho Hanninen were eighth and ninth respectively, the former 13.5 seconds off Al-Attiyah.

Federico Villagra rounded out the top ten, taking advantage of the SupeRally to claim the final drivers' point.

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Rally Mexico: Overall standings after Stage 22 / Day 3 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC3hours 53mins 17.0secs M
2. Mikko HirvonenFord Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC+01mins 38.4secs M
3. Jari-Matti LatvalaFord Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC+02mins 23.9secs M
4. Petter SolbergPSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC+07mins 18.4secs M
5. Mads OstbergM-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +08mins 43.5secs M
6. Henning SolbergM-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 50.0secs M
7. Nasser Al-AttiyahFord Fiesta S2000+13mins 21.5secs S
8. Martin ProkopFord Fiesta S2000+13mins 35.0secs S
9. Juho HanninenSkoda Fabia S2000+14mins 48.7secs S
10. Federico VillagraMunchis Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC+48mins 17.2secs M

Other:

13. Ken BlockMonster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC+1hr 04mins 04.7secs M

Rally Mexico: Power Stage / SS22 (Top 3):

1. Mikko HirvonenFord Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC4mins 40.4secs M
2. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC+00mins 02.1secs M#
3. Petter SolbergPSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC+00mins 02.1secs M#

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point

# Loeb and Petter Solberg finished the Power Stage joint second. However, when the times were calculated back to a thousandth of a second, Loeb was quicker.

SWRC standings after Stage 22 / Day 3 (Top 3):

1. Nasser Al-AttiyahFord Fiesta S20004hours 06mins 38.5secs S
2. Martin ProkopFord Fiesta S2000+00mins 13.5secs S
3. Juho HanninenSkoda Fabia S2000+01mins 27.2secs S

Notable retirements:

SS1. Ken BlockMonster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRCElectrical problem*

SS2. Federico VillagraMunchis Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRCLost a wheel M*
SS7. Matthew WilsonM-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRCElectrical problem A1*
SS8. Ken BlockMonster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRCElectrical problem*

SS10/SS11. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical A1
SS11. Dennis KuipersFERM Powertools Ford Fiesta RS WRCCrashed M
SS11. Ott TanakFord Fiesta S2000Crashed S*
SS12/13. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRCOil leak A1
SS16. Ken BlockMonster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRCLost a wheel*

SS20. Sebastien OgierCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRCOff road M

* denotes re-started under SupeRally.

all times unofficial

 

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