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Mexico12.02.2014

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Collecting his first podium finish this season, with a second place in an hard-fought Mexico Rally, Mikko Hirvonen helped Citroën to open up a six-point gap at the lead of Constructors Championship.

Hirvonen hits the podium in Mexico

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Facts
After topping the qualifications, Hirvonen’s choice to start 13th proved not to be the best and he finished 3rd, 42 seconds adrift eventual winner Sébastien Ogier after Day 1. Making the most of Mads Ostberg’s retirement from second on Saturday, he pefectly fought Thierry Neuville on Sunday. Dani Sordo’s 4th place was also key to Citroën’s team performance in Leon.

Number
7”5. It was the gap, on Saturday night between Hirvonen’s DS3 WRC and Neuville’s Ford Fiesta, after Finnish driver suffered a puncture in the SS 18. The margin grew to 54”9 on Sunday.

Words
“This rally was a good result for the Manufacturers’ World Championship, as we have extended our lead by four points. It wasn’t easy, however, especially for Dani who had difficulty in making the most of the car’s potential. We worked hard throughout the weekend and I think our efforts will start to bear fruit from Portugal onwards”, Citroën Racing Team Principal Yves Matton looks at the positives after the third race of the year.

The story
Mexicans Beníto Guerra and Borja Rozada made the buzz at home on a privateer DS3 WRC. Last year’s P-WRC World Champion Guerra finished eighth for his first WRC appearance.

Next-up: Portugal 11-14 April

12.02.2014