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Meeke leads in Mexico Rally

Britain's Kris Meeke took the lead in a chaotic second day of the Mexico Rally on Friday after organisers were forced to cancel the opening two special stages after a car crash.

Citroen driver Meeke led the overall standings with a time of 1hr 1min 33.8sec, just over 20 seconds clear of France's Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport/Ford), who was second with 1:01:54.7.

Belgium's Thierry Neuville (Hyundai Motorsport) was third overall with 1:02:30.5, just under a minute behind leader Meeke.

Friday's action was disrupted when the convoy of cars taking part in the race were held by a traffic accident on the 400km drive linking Mexico City to the service park in Leon.

That delay forced the cancellation of the day's first two scheduled specials, leaving the drivers to start on SS4, the 54.9km run known locally as "El Chocolate".

Meeke clocked the fastest run of 39:15.6, ahead of Ogier, who was second quickest.

The next two specials went to Neuville but Meeke did enough to retain his overall lead in the standings.

Meeke was then back in front on the seventh special, completing a 2.3km sprint on the Autodromo De Leon course in 1min 40sec. Ogier was only sixth quickest with 1:43.1.

Welshman Elfyn Evans then set the pace in the eighth special of the day, guiding his M-Sport Ford Fiesta around the 2.3km course in 1:38, with Meeke second quickest in 1:38.3.


1. Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen 1:01:33.800

2. Sebastien Ogier (France) Ford +00:20.900

3. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 00:56.700

4. Juho Haenninen (Finland) Toyota 01:27.300

5. Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford 01:32.900

6. Stephane Lefebvre (France) Citroen 01:52.800

7. Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai 02:02.100

8. Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Toyota 02:30.800

9. Pontus Tidemand (Sweden) Skoda 03:24.300

10. Eric Camilli (France) Ford 03:59.700


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