Toyota driver Sébastien Ogier has made a convincing launch as a lot as his expose for a sixth Rally Mexico victory, leading on the tip of Friday morning as Hyundai drivers Ott Tänak and Dani Sordo each and each suffered early setbacks.
After two avenue stages by plot of Guanajuato city on Thursday night, the drivers faced the first honest gravel action of the season with a trio of stages within the surrounding mountains, plus a recent short test in Parque Bicentenario.
In his first appearance of 2020, Sordo became expected to be a convincing contender with a gracious avenue space, but he became forced to dwell within the morning’s first stage – El Chocolate – after a radiator pipe got right here free, causing him to fall over five minutes.
Group-mate Ott Tänak – running sixth on the avenue as he performs capture-up within the championship following his shatter on Rallye Monte-Carlo – space an impressive hasten in El Chocolate, polishing off the 31.45 kilometres of stage 10.3 seconds faster than someone else.
On the other hand, the reigning world champion then misplaced 45.9s to Ogier in SS4 Ortega as a result of hurt on the rear of his automobile. He and co-driver Martin Järveoja were ready to tag repairs on the avenue portion, but ended the morning loop in seventh.
With Tänak’s complications, Ogier claimed the lead with the fastest time in Ortega, and took a lead of 9.7 seconds wait on to León for the noon service.
Teemu Suninen has made an impressive launch up in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta to sit down down in 2nd set, but Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville is on his heels correct kind 0.6s on the wait on of after setting the fastest time in Parque Bicentenario.
Suninen’s crew-mate Esapekka Lappi is fourth in front of championship leader Elfyn Evans, who’s running first on the avenue on a Friday for the first time. His fellow Toyota driver Kalle Rovanperä occupies sixth set, forced to purchase warning by plot of well-known of the morning following a unhurried puncture in SS3.
In the wait on of Tänak sits the third M-Sport driver Gus Greensmith, whereas Pontus Tidemand leads FIA WRC2 in ninth, 23.4s in front of category rival Nikolay Gryazin. Marco Bulacia is correct kind eight seconds additional wait on in 11th and leading FIA WRC3.