Mexico WRC: Sordo penalty snaps Hyundai podium streak

Hyundai driver Dani Sordo has lost his third place in the 2016 Rally Mexico due to a time penalty.

Spaniard Sordo, who finished the rally with a gap of 1m58.5s over M-Sport's Mads Ostberg, had two minutes added to his time a few hours after the rally had been completed - and was narrowly demoted to fourth place.

The statement released by the organisers of the event confirmed that Sordo's penalty was a result of the Spaniard having used 29 tyres throughout the rally - one more than was allowed by Article 7.2 of the Supplementary Regulations.

Hyundai's new i20 WRC previously celebrated podiums in Monte Carlo and Sweden with Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon.

However, the Korean manufacturer has now been left podium-less in Mexico, with Paddon taking fifth and Neuville crashing.

Sordo's penalty also means that Ostberg, who sits runner-up in the championship, has closed his gap to leader Sebastien Ogier, the Norwegian now trailing by 35 points.

Additional reporting by Luis Ramirez

Final standings:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

VW 4h25m57.4s

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

VW 1m05.0s

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford 5m36.4s

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai 5m37.9s

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai 6m22.6s


Championship standings:

1  Sebastien Ogier VW 77
2  Mads Ostberg Ford 42
3  Andreas Mikkelsen VW 33
4  Dani Sordo Hyundai 30
5  Hayden Paddon Hyundai 29
6  Jari-Matti Latvala VW 27
7  Ott Tanak Ford 24
8  Thierry Neuville Hyundai 15

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Series WRC
Event Rally Mexico
Drivers Dani Sordo , Mads Ostberg
Teams Hyundai Motorsport
Article type Breaking news