WRC Rally Mexico: Sebastien Loeb closes on Dani Sordo for lead
|By Stephen Brunsdon||Saturday, March 10th 2018, 03:06 GMT|
Hyundai's Dani Sordo saw his Rally Mexico lead reduced to just under eight seconds as World Rally Championship returnee Sebastien Loeb claimed two stage wins in a dramatic afternoon loop.
Nine-time world champion Loeb secured his first stage victory since Monte Carlo in 2015 by setting the fastest time on SS7 (El Chocolate 2) before doubling up on the second pass through Ortega.
The Frenchman jumped both Citroen team-mate Kris Meeke, who suffered spins on both SS7 and SS8, and Ott Tanak to lie just 7.5s off Sordo heading into day two.
The afternoon's stages were a punishing test for the WRC field, with a number of leading runners hitting trouble.
|1||Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||1h47m55.4s|
|2||Sebastien Loeb, D.Elena||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||Citroen||7.2s|
|3||Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||11.0s|
|4||Kris Meeke, P.Nagle||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||Citroen||25.0s|
|5||Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia||M-Sport Ford WRT||Ford||30.2s|
|6||Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||31.7s|
|7||Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||2m01.9s|
|8||Pontus Tidemand, J.Andersson||Skoda Motorsport||Skoda||5m05.6s|
|9||Gus Greensmith, C.Parry||Ford||8m13.0s|
|10||Pedro Heller, P.Olmos||Ford||12m33.8s|