Reigning World Rally Champion is now over a minute clear of his nearest challenger.
Sebastien Ogier will take a comfortable lead into the final day of Rally Mexico as his opposition once again self-destructed today.
Ogier leads Citroen’s Mads Ostberg by 1:24s with only the superspecial remaining, after his chief rival and teammate Jari-Matti Latvala removed the left-rear wheel from his car after clipping a bank this morning.
Ostberg is locked in a duel for the runner-up spot with the third VW of Andreas Mikkelsen, while Elfyn Evans looks to have secured his fourth place for M-Sport after Dani Sordo suffered a time-consuming puncture this afternoon.
Along with Latvala’s exit from the lead battle, the disappointment of the day was Ott Tanak’s failure to start in his repaired Fiesta.
The coil in the engine had failed to dry sufficiently after its well-publicised plunge into a lake yesterday, which stranded him before the start of the opening stage.