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Loeb wins Rally of Mexico, Grönholm and Hirvonen take second and third positions


Loeb wins Rally of Mexico, Grönholm and Hirvonen take second and third positions
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The Finnish Ford pilots Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen produced podium finishes in the WRC Corona Rally Mexico over the weekend. In the first gravel race of the season, Grönholm came in second, while Hirvonen landed the third place. The somewhat unsurprising winner of the event was the current World Champion Sebastien Loeb (Citroën) of France.
      In a race that consisted of 20 special stages, Loeb beat Grönholm by 55.8 seconds. One minute and 27.7 seconds separated Hirvonen from the winner. Spaniard Daniel Sordon (Citroën) came in fourth 16 seconds behind Hirvonen.
      While Loeb had managed to pull out a comfortable lead before the four remaining special stages of the concluding day, and merely settled for securing victory by bringing the car home in one piece, Grönholm and Hirvonen each clocked two of the fastest times on Sunday.
     
Grönholm remains in the lead in the race for the drivers’ World Championship title. Four points now separate him from Loeb. Hirvonen, in turn, trails two points behind the Frenchman.
      Ford has the lead in the manufacturers’ table before Citroën.
      ”It seems that Loeb’s new Citroën is not radically faster than the car he drove last year. The fight for the Championship this year will be tight and good”, Grönholm believes.
     
Hirvonen, who won the previous WRC event in Norway fretted over his spin on SS 11. “The spin prevented us from challenging Marcus this time around. Otherwise it seems we’re getting closer to his times, even on gravel”, Hirvonen noted.
      The WRC series continues in Portugal at the end of the month.


Previously in HS International Edition:
  Hirvonen wins Rally Norway; Grönholm takes lead in race for drivers´ title (19.2.2007)

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  12.3.2007 - TODAY
 Loeb wins Rally of Mexico, Grönholm and Hirvonen take second and third positions

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