Rally Mexico stage 20 classification top 22 - Neuville and Evans locked in gripping duel for second, quotes

Rally Mexico stage 20 classification top 22 - Neuville and Evans locked in gripping duel for second, quotes

19.03.2023: WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally Guanajuato Mexico SS20 Las Dunas Superspecial 4 Sunday, March 19th 2023 All live and Videopass HERE A fourth and final run through the dusty and rutted Las Dunas quarry stage got the final morning underway and


WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Rally Guanajuato Mexico
SS20 Las Dunas Superspecial 4
Sunday, March 19th 2023



All live and Videopass HERE


A fourth and final run through the dusty and rutted Las Dunas quarry stage got the final morning underway and the stage-opening Pierre-Louis Loubet suffered another heart-stopping spin early in the stage.


Not to be outdone, Jourdain Serderidis clouted a giant stage-side boulder and emerged unscathed on an opener where Thierry Neuville clocked the quickest time and reduced Elfyn Evans’s grip on second place to just 4.1 seconds. Sébastien Ogier drove cautiously and saw his lead trimmed to 32.2 seconds.


Gus Greensmith safely defended his comfortable WRC2 lead that grew to 32.8 seconds. Second-placed Adrien Fourmaux was coming under increasing pressure from defending champion Emil Lindholm. The Finn set a stunning time and closed the gap to 2.4 seconds.



Car 8.     TÄNAK/JÄRVEOJA
“Let’s do some stages…..”



Car 69.    ROVANPERÄ/HALTTUNEN
“We just try to have a normal drive through the day. This one was proper shit with all the ruts. Hopefully
we have good tyres left for the Power Stage.”



Car 11.   NEUVILLE/WYDAEGHE
“It’s going to be an intense fight. I could really feel my body warming up through the stage. You really
have to fight with the car because the ruts can turn the car.”



Car 33.   EVANS/MARTIN
“A bit better than I expected. The car was getting caught in all the ruts. It’s fine. There is a long way to
go.”



Car 17.   OGIER/LANDAIS
“It is very rutted. The plan was to take it very easy and not to take a tyre off the rim. The next one is a
very long stage.”



Car 18.     KATSUTA/JOHNSTON
“Conditions are getting worse and worse because it is the fourth pass. I don’t think it is a good idea to
run this stage four times.”



Car 7.      LOUBET/GILSOUL
Survived another heart-stopping spin in the opener. “The compression. I put it out.”



Car 6.      SORDO/CARRERA
“Stalled in the stage and lost six seconds to early leader Tänak. “I stalled at the second corner. I went
a little bit wide and stalled the engine.”



Car 9.   SERDERIDIS/MICLOTTE
Clouted a giant boulder on the left-hand side of the stage and survived. “Small mistake but nothing very
hard because it was so slow. I just had to reverse!”



Car 20.     GREENSMITH/ANDERSSON
“It’s really rutted. I was watching before. I would agree with what Taka said. It’s a bit pointless to do it
four times.”



Car 21.      SOLBERG/EDMONDSON
“Very rough, I took it very easy. I don’t want to get any punctures. Safely through and then we start to
push…”



Car 22.     FOURMAUX/CORIA
“It was really rutted. It was difficult to be pushing and not to be making any silly mistakes.”



Car 24.      LINDHOLM/HÄMÄLÄINEN
Fifth quickest time. “It looks like we managed well. It was difficult to keep the car in the ruts. A few long
stages to go but it is looking good so far.”



Car 25.      KAJETANOWICZ/SZCZEPANIAK
“Smooth driving without mistakes, This is the plan, There is no reason to take another risk, We need to
be focused and have the fun.”





Neil Perkins



OVERALL RESULTS


1     #17     FRA S. OGIER     FRA V. LANDAIS     GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     2:38:52.3        


2     #33     GBR E. EVANS     GBR S. MARTIN     GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     2:39:24.5     +32.2     +32.2


3     #11     BEL T. NEUVILLE     BEL M. WYDAEGHE     i20 N Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     2:39:28.6     +4.1     +36.3


4     #69     FIN K. ROVANPERÄ     FIN J. HALTTUNEN     GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     2:40:24.4     +55.8     +1:32.1


5     #6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. CARRERA     i20 N Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     2:41:19.7     +55.3     +2:27.4


6     #20     GBR G. GREENSMITH     SWE J. ANDERSSON     Fabia RS     WRC2 (D/C)     Rally2     2:49:27.3     +8:07.6     +10:35.0



7     #22     FRA A. FOURMAUX     FRA A. CORIA     Fiesta MkII     WRC2 (D/C)     Rally2     2:50:00.1     +32.8     +11:07.8


8     #24     FIN E. LINDHOLM     FIN R. HÄMÄLÄINEN     Fabia Evo     WRC2 (T/D/C)     Rally2     2:50:02.5     +2.4     +11:10.2


9     #21     SWE O. SOLBERG     GBR E. EDMONDSON     Fabia RS     WRC2 (D/C)     Rally2     2:50:44.2     +41.7     +11:51.9


10     #25     POL K. KAJETANOWICZ     POL M. SZCZEPANIAK     Fabia Evo     WRC2 (DC/CC)     Rally2     2:51:55.4     +1:11.2     +13:03.1


11     #8     EST O. TÄNAK     EST M. JÄRVEOJA     Puma Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     2:53:34.6     +1:39.2     +14:42.3


12     #26     CZE M. PROKOP     CZE M. ERNST     Fiesta MkII     WRC2 (DC/CC)     Rally2     2:54:20.5     +45.9     +15:28.2


13     #34     MEX C. SALAS     MEX J. ZAPATA     Fabia     NACAM     Rally2     2:57:46.3     +3:25.8     +18:54.0


14     #31     MEX R. CORDERO     MEX M. HERNANDEZ     C3     NACAM     Rally2     2:59:55.5     +2:09.2     +21:03.2


15     #30     PRY D. DOMINGUEZ     ESP R. PEÑATE     Fiesta Rally3     WRC3     Rally3     3:02:32.0     +2:36.5     +23:39.7


16     #29     CHL J. MARTINEZ     ARG A. ALVAREZ     Fabia     WRC2 (DC/CC)     Rally2     3:03:48.9     +1:16.9     +24:56.6


17     #27     POL D. CHWIST     POL K. HELLER     Fabia Evo     WRC2 (DC/CC)     Rally2     3:06:18.8     +2:29.9     +27:26.5


18     #37     CAN J. BAILEY     CAN S. PETERSON     Fiesta Rally3     WRC3 (DM)     Rally3     3:18:47.2     +12:28.4     +39:54.9


19     #28     PER E. CASTRO     ARG F. MUSSANO     Fabia Evo     WRC2 (DC/CC)     Rally2     3:26:21.3     +7:34.1     +47:29.0


20     #18     JPN T. KATSUTA     IRL A. JOHNSTON     GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID         Rally1     3:41:41.7     +15:20.4     +1:02:49.4


21     #9     GRC J. SERDERIDIS     BEL F. MICLOTTE     Puma Rally1 HYBRID         Rally1     4:08:54.0     +27:12.3     +1:30:01.7


22     #7     FRA P. LOUBET     BEL N. GILSOUL     Puma Rally1 HYBRID     M     Rally1     4:30:46.6     +21:52.6     +1:51:54.3





./.. times remain provisional



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