Fresh off taking the Volkswagen Polo R WRC’s maiden win in Sweden last month, Sébastien Ogier has rallied to another event victory, this time in Mexico. The French ace enjoyed a perfect weekend, winning Rally Guanajuato Mexico by a commanding three and a half minutes and setting the fastest time through the Power Stage as well.
The 28-point haul gives Ogier a seemingly insurmountable 44-point cushion over nearest title rival Mikko Hirvonen, who finished second. The leading Citroen driver finished close to a minute ahead of M-Sport Ford’s Thierry Neuville.
Dani Sordo ended up fourth in his Citroen DS3 WRC, giving his team vital points to lead the manufacturers’ championship standings by a slim six-point margin over Volkswagen Motorsport. The German outfit had the misfortune of seeing their second entrant Jari-Matti Latvala hobble out of contention after hitting a rock mere metres after the starting line.
Further back, ex-Proton driver Chris Atkinson managed a distant sixth place driving for Citroen’s B-team while professional hooligan Ken Block enjoyed a career-best result in seventh. Too bad then, that Rally Mexico will be the YouTube phenomenon’s sole WRC outing this season, having committed his schedule to Rally America, Global Rallycross and X Games events throughout the year.
If the remainder of the season goes the same way, 2013 may well be the first time in ten years we crown a WRC champion whose last name is not Loeb. Most likely he will still be called Sébastien though, with the Volkswagen name close in tow.
They’d better enjoy the season then, before Hyundai takes WRC by storm in 2014.