Hot afternoon in Mexico

Engine problem with overheating was the main problem for almost all drivers (Ogier, Tanak, Latvala, Hanninen, Neuville, Paddon, Sordo, Evans, Lefebvre, Bertelli) on El Chocolate stage.

Just Meeke wasn’t have any problems and on 54.9km long stage won with 7.3 seconds ahead Ogier and with 17.9 seconds ahead Paddon.

On SS5 Las Minas 2 won Neuville (Hyundai) who had fight with team mate Sordo for third place. But Sordo must to retired on SS7 due engine failure.

Overall standings after first leg:

1. Meeke Kris – Nagle Paul ( Citroën C3 WRC ) 1:01:33.8
2. Ogier Sébastien – Ingrassia Julien ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +20.9
3. Neuville Thierry – Gilsoul Nicolas ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +56.7
4. Hänninen Juho – Lindström Kaj ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +1:27.3
5. Tänak Ott – Järveoja Martin ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +1:32.9
6. Lefebvre Stéphane – Moreau Gabin ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +1:52.8
7. Paddon Hayden – Kennard John ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +2:02.1
8. Latvala Jari-Matti – Anttila Miikka ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +2:30.8
9. Tidemand Pontus – Andersson Jonas ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +3:24.3
10. Camilli Eric – Veillas Benjamin ( Ford Fiesta R5 ) +3:59.7

Tidemand (Škoda) leads in WRC2 after Camilli (Ford) lost some time due broken suspension. Ptaszek and Heller already retired, Guerra junior is on third place.