Section: Rally Mexico

WRC: Sebastien Ogier in a league of his own to score victory in Mexico.

Two-time World Champion in a league of his own to score victory on a rally he believed he couldn’t win.

Sebastien Ogier took his third 2015 World Rally Championship victory in a row on Rally Mexico, despite claiming before the event that it was a rally he could not win due to his disadvantage of running first on the road.

He had clarified that by saying he only couldn’t win if all his rivals don’t hit trouble – and how they did that, in all manner of fashions.

Jari-Matti Latvala had a guilt-edged chance to get his title bid off the mark here, but threw it away when he swiped the left-rear corner off his Volkswagen Polo against a bank on Saturday.

Thierry Neuville, who has become Ogier’s closest rival in recent events, rolled his Hyundai when poised to challenge for the lead.

Citroen’s Kris Meeke also had a great chance, given his hugely preferable road position, but he too crashed out. In fact, Ogier’s rivals seemed to be inventing new ways of not challenging him for honours: Ford’s Ott Tanak even somersaulting into a lake on Friday morning.

Mads Ostberg finished second for Citroen, 1m18.8s behind the dominant Ogier, while Andreas Mikkelsen finished third for VW, another 6.3s behind.

Elfyn Evans finished a creditable fourth in his M-Sport Ford, equaling his best-ever finish at this level, while Dani Sordo suffered a puncture when he was closing in on Evans, and he cruised home in fifth. Czech privateer Martin Prokop rounded out the top six in his Fiesta.

Ogier trumped his own success by taking the three points on offer in the powerstage. Only he could find a way to upstage his own prowess at the moment – nobody else is in the same league right now.

“I think we can be proud,” he smiled after the finish. “The team have done an amazing job this weekend. It couldn’t have been better. One of the best wins of my career.”


WRC: On-board camera of Ott Tanak’s roll into Mexican lake

Estonian racing driver lost control of his car and crashed into a lake at the Rally of Mexico.

The footage filmed inside Ott Tanak’s modified Ford Fiesta shows the vehicle leaving the road on the second day of the Guanajuato-based race, sliding down a deep embankment and into the water.

Ott Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder managed to free themselves from their racing belts and escape through the door as water flooded into the vehicle on Friday.

Onlookers watched as the Estonian rally racers swam to safety.

Remarkably, Molder managed to hold on to his racing pacenotes throughout the ordeal, returning them safely to dry land.

The team M-Sport rally car remained anchored by its weight to the reservoir’s bed for 10 hours before being recovered at the end of the day.

Engineers rebuilt the car’s flooded parts, drained the engine and installed a new fuel tank, turbo, gearbox, electronic components and a myriad of other smaller parts.

But after three hours of hard work by M-Sport mechanics, the Ford Fiesta sparked back to life and returned to the track in time for day three.

Praising his M-Sport colleagues on their lightening-speed repairs, Tanak said: “This is something that we have never seen before.

“The car has been gone all day, submerged at the bottom of a lake, full of water, and the team had to do a full rebuild in just three hours.”

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