Returning Loeb follows suit
Vice World Champion Thierry Neuville wins the first special stage of the Rally Mexico. It also looks good for him in the World Cup ranking.
Vice World Champion Thierry Neuville has won the first special stage of the Rally Mexico. At the start of the third race of the season on Thursday in Guanajuato, the leader of the World Championship class prevailed in 2:06.7 minutes ahead of Estonian Ott Tänak (1.9 seconds behind) and French World Champion Sebastian Ogier (2 seconds behind).
This means that Neuville will also be the front runner in the nine special stages starting on Friday.
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Meanwhile, nine-time World Champion Sebastian Loeb came tenth in his guest comeback in Mexico and is now 4.7 seconds behind Neuville. The 44-year-old is making his first appearance in the WRC series since his guest appearance at the Monte Carlo 2015 Rally. From 2004 until his resignation at the end of the 2012 season, Loeb had dominated the World Rally Championship at will.
The Rally Mexico will run until next Sunday and will lead over 22 special stages in total. The first two races of the year in Monaco and Sweden were won by Ogier and Neuville. In the World Cup ranking Neuville is ten points ahead of his rival Ogier with 41 points. Third is the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala (23 points).