Mexico WRC: Juho Hanninen leads after Zocalo opener

Toyota’s Juho Hanninen leads Rally Mexico after the opening runs through the Zocalo street stage in Mexico City, the first stage of round three of the World Rally Championship season.

Mexico WRC: Juho Hanninen leads after Zocalo opener
Juho Hänninen, Kaj Lindström, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Racing
Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, M-Sport, Ford Fiesta WRC
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën C3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai Motorsport, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
Listen to this article

In damp but drying conditions Hanninen set the pace over the two runs – SS0 and SS1 – of the 1.57-kilometre test in Zocalo, the capital’s main square, posting a combined time over the CDMX stage of 3m37.2s in his Yaris WRC.

The Finn, with just three powerstage points to his name so far in 2017, will head into the first full day of running on Friday with 1.6 seconds in hand over M-Sport’s Ott Tanak and Citroen driver Kris Meeke.

Thierry Neuville, who led vast chunks of the first two rallies of the season before crashing out of both, lies fourth overall a further second back, with Hyundai teammate Hayden Paddon in fifth.

Four-time champion Sebastien Ogier was sixth-fastest on combined times, the Frenchman recording the fastest time of all on the second run.

The third Hyundai i20 of Dani Sordo was seventh, 0.2s faster than current championship leader Jari-Matti Latvala – who was unable to match the pace of Toyota teammate Hanninen.

Pontus Tidemand turned in a strong performance in his WRC2 Skoda Fabia R5 to claim ninth, and has already established a 12.7s lead over home favourite Benito Guerra in class.

Elfyn Evans was fourth-fastest over the first two tests in his DMACK-shod Ford Fiesta WRC, 2.5s slower than Hanninen, but is classified 24th and last having been handed a five-minute penalty for an engine change after shakedown.

The crews will now head 250 miles north back to the rally base in Guanajuanto for the remaining three days of the event.

ClaDriver/CodriverCarStage TimeGap
1 finland  Juho Hanninen 
finland  Kaj Lindstrom 
Toyota Yaris WRC 3'37.2  
2 united_kingdom  Kris Meeke 
ireland  Paul Nagle 
Citroën C3 WRC 3'38.8 1.6
3 estonia  Ott Tanak 
estonia  Martin Jarveoja 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 3'38.8 1.6
4 belgium  Thierry Neuville 
belgium  Nicolas Gilsoul 
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3'39.8 2.6
5 new_zealand  Hayden Paddon 
new_zealand  John Kennard 
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3'40.4 3.2
6 france  Sébastien Ogier 
france  Julien Ingrassia 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 3'41.2 4.0
7 spain  Dani Sordo 
spain  Marc Marti 
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3'43.2 6.0
8 finland  Jari-Matti Latvala 
finland  Miikka Anttila 
Toyota Yaris WRC 3'43.4 6.2
9

sweden  Pontus Tidemand 

sweden  Jonas Andersson 

Škoda Fabia R5 3'43.9 6.7
10 italy  Lorenzo Bertelli 
italy  Simone Scattolin 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 3'47.5 10.3
shares
comments
Citroen's poor start to 2017 down to "lack of preparation"
Previous article

Citroen's poor start to 2017 down to "lack of preparation"

Next article

Convoy delay forces Rally Mexico stages cancellations

Convoy delay forces Rally Mexico stages cancellations
Load comments
Why Loeb v Ogier duel gave the WRC's new hybrid era the ideal start Prime

Why Loeb v Ogier duel gave the WRC's new hybrid era the ideal start

OPINION: Any lingering concerns about the new-for-2022 Rally1 hybrid cars were dispelled by a blockbuster opening round to the World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo. The duel between Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier created a perfect feel-good story that will carry the series forward into its new era.

WRC
8 h
How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off Prime

How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off

The new Rally1 hybrid cars made their competition debuts in Monte Carlo, but it was two semi-retired drivers who took centre stage in a thrilling battle between two of the World Rally Championship's most successful names. Here's how Sebastien Loeb completed a remarkable return on his M-Sport debut by beating reigning champion Sebastien Ogier

WRC
Jan 24, 2022
The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022 Prime

The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022

Eight-time World Rally Championship king Sebastien Ogier has abdicated (well, gone part-time) in 2022, meaning for just the second time in the past decade we will have a different champion this year. We pick out the drivers gunning to take his place and take over the mantle as the WRC's new ruler

WRC
Jan 20, 2022
The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival Prime

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival

Part-time opportunities with Citroen and Hyundai have offered brief glimpses of what Craig Breen can do in a World Rally Championship car. Now signed up by M-Sport to lead it into the WRC's new hybrid era, Breen has been given the chance he's pursued for so long and is determined to make the most of it

WRC
Jan 18, 2022
Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best Prime

Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best

The World Rally Championship has brought down the curtain on the aggressive, aero-laden generation of cars first introduced in 2017 that have been likened to the 1980s Group B icons. As the championship prepares to begin a new era of Rally1 hybrid cars, its stars explain just why the outgoing machines were so special

WRC
Dec 24, 2021
Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021

On the eve of a new hybrid era for the World Rally Championship, the 2021 season was a blockbuster fought out between Toyota's two top dogs, with a familiar figure eventually emerging on top after a final showdown at Monza. We pick out the 10 best performers from the top class and its supporting cast

WRC
Dec 21, 2021
Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour Prime

Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour

He’s shuffling into semi-rally-retirement, but Toyota star Sebastien Ogier was at the peak of his powers in the final season for the high downforce era-World Rally Championship cars. Despite Toyota's domination, there was still much to enjoy as the old master emerged atop a fierce title fight against teammate Elfyn Evans.

WRC
Dec 19, 2021
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Prime

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021