Day three of the rally ended earlier than expected for Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), who will start under Rally 2 regulations on Sunday. The Volkswagen duo were in second place overall when they hit a bank with the rear of their Polo R WRC on the twelfth special stage of the Rally Mexico, damaging the suspension. As a result, the runners-up of last year’s world championship, who were the only ones able to keep up with the pace of Ogier/Ingrassia at that point, were forced to retire. The Volkswagen mechanics repaired their World Rally Car so that they can restart the rally on Sunday.
Quotes, day 3 Rally Mexico
Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“If you want to win, you have to put the leader under pressure. But I knew that I couldn’t risk everything. I had a good rhythm on the twelfth stage. There was a pothole on the inside of a bend and I came off the line slightly to avoid it, and I ended up on loose ground in this really narrow section. I hit a bank with the rear left of the car and damaged my suspension. I had hoped that we would be able to repair it at the end of the stage, but unfortunately there was nothing we could do.”