Reigning World Rally Championship champion Sebastien Ogier has had his lead in the 2018 standings cut to four points, having been stripped of the Power Stage bonus points he won in Rally Mexico. 

Ogier, who reclaimed the lead of the 2018 WRC with a comfortable outright victory in Mexico - his second win of the year - was handed a 10 second time penalty for cutting a chicane on the final stage of the rally.

A stewards’ report said the M-Sport driver “hit the first two-block element” of the chicane “with the front-right side of the car” before touching “the last element” as he exited the chicane. 

The five-time WRC champion had finished second on the Power Stage behind Toyota’s Ott Tanak, collecting four bonus points, but the time penalty relegated him to seventh. 

It means Ogier, who had opened up a nine-point lead in the championship leaderboard, now leads Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville by just four points.