Top 15 classification after SS12 at Rally Mexico

Sebastien Ogier has recovered from an opening stage puncture on Saturday to regain his lead at Rally Mexico with a 19.2s advantage over Elfyn Evans after the morning route.

The Citroen Total driver picked up an early puncture on a disaster SS10 for the French manufacturer as teammate Esapekka Lappi slid off and out of the event.

But with a strong fightback on SS11, coupled with new leader Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Kris Meeke picking up his own puncture, the defending WRC champion returned to the overall lead before a joint top time with Jari-Matti Latvala on SS12 allowed him to open up a useful gap on former M-Sport Ford teammate Evans.

With Evans in second, WRC points leader Ott Tanak has moved up to third place for Toyota, over 20 seconds off the Welsh driver, but holds a comfortable 38.5s advantage over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville in fourth place.

After his puncture and a technical issue Meeke has slipped to fifth place and over two minutes behind Neuville as the last of the premier class runners still going at the highly-attractional Rally Mexico.

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