Lappi Leads Guanajuato Rally Mexico

Esapekka Lappi kept a cool head in the scorching heat of Guanajuato Rally México to fend off six-time winner Sébastien Ogier during Friday’s dramatic opening leg. Despite several of the FIA World Rally Championship’s leading crews running into trouble on the gruelling gravel stages in the mountains around León, Lappi steered clear of drama to head Ogier at the first gravel round of the season. But Ogier, who ironically alternated drives with Lappi at Toyota Gazoo Racing last season, stayed right on his heels, with the duo exchanging times for much of the day. I didn’t really think about how this day would go, but I was just confident that our pace would be good.”. As a result, the Yaris driver lost time in almost every test, ending the day a 19.9sec down on Neuville. Saturday’s leg is the longest of the event and features nine more challenging stages totalling 126.52km.

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