Yuriy Protasov secured his second WRC2 victory of the year last weekend on Rally Mexico, a result that gives him a clear lead in the championship standings.

Matching the speed of his rivals, the Ukrainian, who was piloting an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta R5, adopted a tactical drive through Mexico's challenging stages and the approach paid off, not only giving him the class win, but also a top-ten finish overall.

Heading into the final day, Protasov enjoyed a 25-minute lead, but not even a broken driveshaft - incurred after a heavy landing on SS19 - could halt the youngster and he eventually finished 23 minutes 41 seconds up on Lorenzo Bertelli, his closest class rival.

"We are happier than we could have ever imaged to be at the end of this rally," he stated. "It was a very good result for us and to have won by such a margin - against so many strong drivers - is a very good feeling."

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson added: "With so much drama this weekend, Yuriy didn't put a foot wrong, and even when he developed a small issue on the final day, he had established such a strong lead that he was able to manage the issue and take the Fiesta home for another thoroughly deserved victory."

"[Overall] it is very satisfying indeed to see our cars performing so well in the WRC's premier support series and thanks to Yuriy's victory this weekend, a Fiesta has won every single round of the series so far this year," Wilson continued.

"That is a big boost for the teams both on- and off-event who put a vast amount of work into each and every one of our Fiesta models."



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