Notes and quotes from Mexico Rally stage 13

Notes and quotes from Mexico Rally stage 13

10.03.2018: WRC RALLYES - MEXICO Rally 2018 Saturday, March 10th 2018

Saturday,  March 10th 2018

Sat 12:06 - SS13: WRC 2 Rovanperä
The Finn is continuing his recovery after retiring on Friday with a radiator problem. "We've been really careful this morning. We're looking at the stages and learning them after what happened yesterday."

Sat 11:59 - SS13: WRC 2 Greensmith
The Fiesta driver has safely completed El Brinco 1 and remains second in the category. He's 7.7sec slower than Tidemand in this one.

Sat 11:58 - Service halt:
The leading crews are now back at the Rally Campus Service Park in Leon to prepare their cars for this afternoon's loop of stages. The action resumes at 1421hrs.



Sat 11:55 - SS13: WRC 2 Tidemand
The Swede continues to set the pace in WRC 2. "It's been going well this morning. This stage was nice and the car is working really well. For sure, let's keep going like this."

Sat 11:48 - SS13: Suninen
The M-Sport driver is ninth fastest in this one. But he's not happy. "I was driving too carefully. I should use the grip more in the high-speed corners."

Sat 11:45 - SS13: Lappi
The eighth-placed Finn's Yaris is missing its front splitter. But he's unsure why. "No, I think everything was fine. It seems the time was bad but I thought I drove okay."

Sat 11:42 - Mexico after SS13:
1.Loeb 2h34m48.5s, 2.Sordo+2.9s, 3.Meeke+15.5s, 3=Ogier+15.5s, 5.Mikkelsen+1m05.2s, 6.Neuville+4m08.6s.

Sat 11:40 - SS13: Sordo
A great performance from the Spaniard. He goes second quickest to slash Loeb's rally lead to 2.9sec. "I was really happy. The balance of the car was much better. We were struggling with the traction in the slower stages this morning but this was much faster and better. I'm happy to come back a little bit."

Sat 11:36 - SS13: Loeb
The rally leader is only fourth fastest in this one but it looks like he'll retain his lead. "I'm happy to be in the fight like this. It will be difficult to maintain the gap because I lost some time in the last two stages but we'll try to stay in front."

Sat 11:33 - SS13: Meeke
He's only third fastest and, amazingly, now shares third place with Ogier. "I made some mistakes in here. The car stalled on me braking into a corner and then I ran wide on another corner near the finish. It was a bit scrappy, to be honest."

Sat 11:28 - SS13: Ogier
He's fastest by 49.7sec. "We didn't have the starter motor but that's okay. The stage was alright but I was scared to stall on the start line. I'm already looking forward to this afternoon with a good rhythm for the second loop."

Sat 11:25 - SS13: Mikkelsen
The Norwegian completes third fastest but he's not happy with his speed. He's hoping to improve this afternoon.

Sat 11:23 - SS13: Ogier
We're hearing that Ogier has encountered some kind of starter motor problem before this test. But he's into the test as we speak. More as we get it...

Sat 11:19 - SS13: Latvala
The Finn goes fastest by 1.5sec in this test as he looks to recover from his retirement on Friday.

Sat 11:15 - SS13: Neuville
He's through El Brinco 1 in 5m33.8s. "We knew it would be difficult this weekend because of our road position. It's really frustrating for us. But it's part of the game."




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