Punctures seemed to be the deciding factor in what many regard as the roughest WRC event. Somehow, Citroen's Sébastien Loeb managed to avoid any — perhaps that's one of many reasons why he won the WRC eight times — as he took his sixth consecutive win in Mexico, the third round of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship.
In contrast to the ice and snow of , Rally Mexico took place on gravel roads around Leon. The rally drew thousands of spectators, who were over-enthusiastic at times leading to cancellation of one special stage.
Loeb's teammate, Mikko Hirvonen, grabbed second place making it the first Citroen one-two finish this season. Petter Solberg, in the Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC, took third place and also managed to win the Super Special Stage on the last day. His teammate, Jari-Matti Latvala, had been in contention for a podium finish but rolled near the end of the rally.
Sebastien Ogier, driving the VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000, had his best finish since joining the VW team with an 8th place finish. He easily won the class, beating three more powerful WRC cars.
One of those WRC cars was the Monster Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC of Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino, which finished ninth. It was Block's fourth top ten finish since he started racing a Fiesta in WRC events in 2010. It was his first WRC event of the year and came on top of his victory in the Rally America Rally in the in Missouri last month.
Chris Atkinson, a highly regarded Australian WRC driver, joined Block in a second Monster Energy Fiesta but he suffered serious brake troubles and had to retire after winning one stage on the first day.
Check out this interview with Block along with footage of him in action.