SS11: Otates inch, 32.27km
Otates climbs and melts during, mixing fast open segments with parts that are tighter. There are lots of surface changes which blend smooth sand with lumps and compressions. It borrows nearly 6km at the finish from the Lajas de Oro stage, ending in a tight and technical department over crest and dips at a quarry.
SS12: El Brinco inch, 8.13km
there’s a brand fresh appearance to El Brinco. This is your big jump close to the final – and replaced by a much larger jump at the appropriately-named flying finish. The very first part is recognizable whatsoever. The start has been moved forward by 1.8km and also the huge open, fast roads establish favored by drivers. The stage then turns left off the normal route for nearly 2km of thin manmade roads that have been driven, finishing with an amazing new purpose-built jump.
But, those amounts hide a mad morning at the dusty mountains.
The play began after Esapekka Lappi slid his Citroën C3 into a ditch at the opening Guanajuatito speed test, coming to rest partially blocking the track. Kris Meeke and also Elfyn Evans squeezed by organisers curtailed the stage for safety factors.
Notional times were granted to individuals behind who failed to tackle the entire stage competitively. The situation was complicated by the fact Ogier punctured his c 3 ’s leading tyre prior to the stoppage.
Organisers given him a while 22.4sec slower than Meeke to compensate, boosting the Briton into a 1.3sec lead.
Meeke then suffered a flat rear right tyre from the subsequent Otates test. He conceded a lot more than 90sec after attempting to not stop, and also a further 1min 45sec limping through the following El Brinco test with damaged suspension.
His problems promoted Ogier back once again to the top of the leaderboard, the Frenchman expression: “It’s not been troublefree morning because we chose up the puncture initial item. Once you don’t need yet another spare, there’s always pressure never to make mistakes. ”
Evans trailed Ogier by 4.5sec following the halted stage but could not fit the Frenchman’s accelerate through another two tests. He stopped El Brinco having an odd feeling at the rear of his own Ford Fiesta after hitting a stone.
Tänak was in relaxed mood, the Toyota Yaris driver unable to believe he was at a podium place after spending yesterday conceding balls time launching the trail on slippery gravel.
Thierry Neuville took good advantage of the carnage to climb to fourth on his Hyundai i20, however the cop, still struggling with illness, was satisfied.
We’ve to receive the car working correctly,” said Neuville, who had been 38.5sec adrift of Tänak.
Meeke’s worries left him than two minutes further back in fifth. WRC-2 leader and home hero Benito Guerra was sixth in a Skoda Fabia, having extended long time front runner Marco Bulacia. Alberto Heller and also Ricardo Trivino were ninth.
Jari-Matti Latvala was around 10th in his own Yaris after yesterday’s retirement. The Finn was quickest in Otates and also El Brinco after deliberately starting overdue to get the benefit of cleaner and faster road conditions.