Driver of this Rally
It had been exactly two decades since Citroën Racing last won an all-gravel round of the WRC. Who can forget that the play of Kris Meeke’s dip to a last stage car-park en route to his 2017 Mexico success?
Sébastien Ogier ended that bare period by having a accomplished success to keep the French’s manufacturer’s resurgence with its brand new 2019 driver line-up.
Team mate Esapekka Lappi, Andreas Mikkelsen and Meeke all headed before Ogier finally fought his way to first place, fighting through a differential problem and a trip to the intervening barriers to secure his 2nd win of this season.
One to Forget
Teemu Suninen talked before the rally about his urge to reproduce the speed that carried him in to the lead of a WRC round for first time in Sweden last month.
Sadlythe Finn gave himself no more opportunity to prove that rate after hitting a rock on the inside of a large part in Friday morning’s opening rate evaluation. His Ford Fiesta spun to a stone face at high speed and the damage supposed which was the last we would see .
Quote of this Rally
m sport Ford’so direction was far from impressed by Suninen’s early death, the 3rd time in three championships in which he’s made an earlier exit from the activity. But team chief Rich Millener attempted to put a brave face on the situation.
&ldquoWe shall make him clean the bathroom to cover the accident! ” he also said.
Bizarrely, he discovered a closed gate in the second pass during the Guanajuatito test. Quick-thinking co-driver Anders Jaeger-Amland downed his pace note publication, jumped from these Hyundai i20 to open the barrier and ensured it will stay that way by wedging it set up. Take a look below.