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05:40  15 march  2020
05:40  15 march  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Rally Mexico for the first time: Sebastien Ogier comes early for his first WRC win of the season 2020, but: "Rally should never have happened"

Die The decision to end the Mexico Rally sponsored by the Corona beer brand in the face of the Coronavirus crisis one day before the end was made while the WRC pilots were already on the afternoon loop of the Saturday stage. The last special stage on Saturday (WP21) has now been completed. The three Sunday exams, including the power days, will not take place. The

result of the Rally Mexico, third round of the 2020 World Rally Championship, is now certain. Six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, who drives

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for the last season of his WRC career, has clinched his first victory in the service of Toyota. After WP21 (originally 24 WPs were scheduled), he will be the leader and thus the winner of the canceled rally.

photos: Rally Mexico Ogier after demolition victory: "Rally should never have taken place" joy comes in the stage finish in Leon, which became the goal of the rally without further ado, but not. Because the biggest worry - and not least the reason for the cancellation - is whether you can still get home in the face of the increasingly restrictive travel regulations worldwide due to the

coronavirus pandemic

. "To be honest, it feels very different from everything so far," said the first reaction from Sieger Ogier, who expresses himself clearly: "In my opinion, this rally should never have taken place, because human life is the first step I have mixed feelings. The most important thing now is to come home and spend time with the family. "

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According to Patrick Suberville, organization leader of the Rally Mexico, it should be the early end of the rally "for the teams and media representatives allow them to return to their countries before their borders are likely to be closed soon due to COVID-19 ".

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Battle for P2: Tänak still catches Suninen Ott Tänak (Hyundai) took second place behind Ogier, 27.8 seconds back. On Friday, the previous year's world champion had lost almost a minute when flying to WP4. With three WP best times on Saturday, he still caught Teemu Suninen (M-Sport-Ford). To pack Ogier, too, was no longer enough for Tänak.

Suninen, who had been second for a long time, eventually finished third. The top 5 were completed by Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä (both Toyota). Because more than 75 percent of the planned rally route has been completed, the WRC regulations give full points despite the cancellation.

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WRC Rally Mexico 2020: Ogier leads - Lappi's car burns out WRC Rally Mexico 2020 runs: Neuville leads when Ken Block returns The WRC2 classification was Pontus Tidemand won, who leads his Skoda Fabia to P6 in the end result of the rally. Ogier new leaders - uncertainty when looking at calendar

With his first win of the season, Sebastien Ogier has taken the lead in the WRC overall standings. In second place is Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans, who scored well again with P4.

Meanwhile, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), who had tied for Evans as leader of the table, was left empty-handed because he had technical problems on Friday and only rode on Saturday under Rally2 regulations. Five WP best times on the new final day did not help him either because there were no power days.

The future is uncertain, of course. Because when the 2020 World Rally Championship season will continue is currently completely open. The

Rally Argentina, which was actually planned as the next run at the end of April, has been postponed indefinitely . The rallies in Portugal and Italy are currently still on the WRC 2020 calendar for May and June. However, due to the coronavirus situation, there has to be massive doubt on both dates. With images from Toyota Racing.

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