Notes and quotes from Mexico Rally stage 12

Notes and quotes from Mexico Rally stage 12

10.03.2018: WRC RALLYES - MEXICO Rally 2018 Saturday, March 10th 2018 Sat 10:58 - Mexico after SS12: 1.Loeb 2h29m15.7s, 2.Sordo+6.0s, 3.Meeke+15.6s, 4.Ogier+19.1s, 5.Mikkelsen+1m02.5s, 6.Neuville+4m07.6s.

WRC RALLYES - MEXICO Rally 2018
Saturday,  March 10th 2018



Sat 10:58 - Mexico after SS12:
1.Loeb 2h29m15.7s, 2.Sordo+6.0s, 3.Meeke+15.6s, 4.Ogier+19.1s, 5.Mikkelsen+1m02.5s, 6.Neuville+4m07.6s.




Sat 10:55 - SS12: Sordo
He completes 0.9sec slower than Loeb and stays second. The gap between the two is now 6.0sec. "I had a good feeling in the car but the time is not good."



Sat 10:52 - SS12: Loeb
The rally leader is only third fastest in this test. He's dropped 10.6sec to Meeke. "Kris has done a very good time, for sure. It wasn't a good stage for me; very narrow and tricky at the end. I drove as well as I could but it wasn't enough."



Sat 10:45 - SS12: Meeke
The Ulsterman responds to Ogier's pressure and goes 2.4sec faster than his rival. That means he holds onto his third place by an overall margin of 3.5sec. "It's so technical in there; corner to corner to corner. I'm happy with my time."



Sat 10:42 - SS12: Ogier
Wow. The Fiesta driver goes 17.4sec faster than Neuville. "I tried to push – I cannot do more. It's very slippery and I'm on the limit."



Sat 10:40 - SS12: Mikkelsen
The Norwegian goes second fastest behind Neuville. He's 0.1sec down. "That was a twisty and narrow stage. But my rhythm was better than it was in the first stage."



Sat 10:38 - SS12: Latvala
The Finn is 3.0sec slower than Neuville. "I was struggling for traction and was trying to use the higher gears to get grip. I'm not sure it worked."




Sat 10:35 - SS12: Neuville
He's the first to complete the stage in 20m46.7s.




Sat 10:32 - SS12: Ogier
The Frenchman is on another charge! He's currently 8.9sec up on Neuville at the second split (6.47km). Meeke's third place could be under threat...




Sat 10:23 - SS12: Neuville
The sixth-placed driver has now passed the second split (6.47km) in the stage.




Sat 10:11 - SS12: Live
Neuville's Hyundai i20 WRC has left the stage start. We are go!




Sat 10:05 - SS12: Standby
We're watching the countdown on WRC+ All Live. Neuville will leave the start line at 1011hrs.




Sat 10:03 - Tänak
The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team has confirmed the Estonian has retired from the rally after his troubles in SS11. That promotes Neuville into sixth place overall.



Sat 09:43 - Stage info: SS12
Otates 1, 26.37km Otates was driven last year under a different name and starts 6km later. It climbs and descends throughout, mixing fast open sections with tighter parts. There are many surface changes that blend smooth gravel with bumps and compressions.

 

 

 

 

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