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Rally: Ogier wins Mexico Rally

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Sebastien Ogier, driving a Volkswagen, won the Rally of Mexico on Sunday, seeing off Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen of Finland and Belgian Thierry Neuville in a Ford Fiesta.

Ogier consolidated his overall season lead, bagging his first success in Mexico on the back of 16 stage wins to land his ninth career victory.

He finished 3min 28sec clear of Hirvonen with Neuville more than a minute further back as the Finn finished runner-up for the third straight year.

Ogier took charge from the third special and was never in danger after Norwegian Mads Ostberg of Ford had to withdraw with electrical problems during Saturday's 14th special stage.

Overall reigning champion Sebastien Loeb, who had won in Mexico six times, did not compete in the event as he has reduced his commitments for this season.

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