Reigning World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has re-taken the lead in the battle for the 2014 WRC Drivers' title following his victory on Rally Mexico.

Ogier went into the third round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship eager to bounce back after a 'stupid mistake' in Sweden cost him the chance of fighting for the win. This time though, he made no such errors and despite the handicap of having to run second in the order on day one, stormed through and took a convincing triumph - more than a minute up on team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala. Ogier also won the event ending Power Stage too and now has a three-point lead over his Finnish rival.

"Mexico really is a fantastic country for us! I like the rally, and it seems to like me. I picked up my first win as a junior here back in 2008 and took overall victory with Volkswagen last year - and now here I am, back on the top step of the podium. It is a fantastic feeling," Ogier reflected.

"Our entire team did a sensational job all weekend, and the Polo R WRC was once again super reliable and super quick in extreme conditions.

"I was hungry for this win after my mistake in Sweden! That is why Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and I refrained from taking any risks on the final day. We really wanted to get this win under our belts. And it goes without saying that I also wanted to get my hands on the Power Stage points.

"Although we will now have to act as street sweepers for the opposition at the next round in Portugal, the World Championship points are more important than anything else."

Volkswagen Motorsport boss, Jost Capito meanwhile was delighted to see Ogier give the Polo R WRC its seventh win in a row. Furthermore with Latvala second, the German manufacturer took its fourth one-two from 16 events.

"A one-two in these difficult conditions and given the new regulations regarding the starting order [with qualifying axed] is more than we had expected coming into the Rally Mexico. I take my hat off to Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and our engineers, who made this success possible. The performance of the two drivers was undoubtedly outstanding," Capito added. "However, the one-two is also a team success. Whether the chassis department or the engine department, the Polo R WRC was perfectly prepared for the difficult conditions.

"The champagne tastes particularly good today, as success in Mexico is always a bit special. It is the first gravel event of the year, and virtually a home event for Volkswagen. After all, our models are part of the scenery here. Everything came together here in Mexico.

"We are very proud of what we have achieved."



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