11 Mar 2012

Loeb extends lead in Mexico

5:26 pm on 11 March 2012

World champion Sebastien Loeb has extended his lead over his rivals after the second leg of Rally Mexico.

The Frenchman won two of today's eight stages to finish the day leading his Citroen team mate Mikko Hirvonen by 36 seconds.

Only one other driver was within two minutes of Loeb, who has won in Mexico each of the past five years and looks certain to make it six, with just four stages to go tomorrow, although one of them is 54 kilometres long

Jari-Matti Latvala, in a Ford, ended the day third, one minute 53 seconds behind the runaway leader.

The Finn's chances of winning were ruined when he suffered a puncture in the mountains of central Mexico

Petter Solberg, who briefly led yesterday before puncturing a tyre, ended the day fourth after overcoming brake problems in the morning.

The rally is the third round of the championship, which Loeb leads with 39 points to Hirvonen's 32.