Another week, and another host of racing action in the real world, including a return to business as normal, as Sebastien Loeb has just claimed a win at Rally Mexico a few hours ago.
The French Citroen driver started the rally second on the road behind Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen, but the loose gravel surface favoured those further down the order as the top surface was cleared to reveal better traction below. So it was actually former champion Petter Solberg who led at the end of the first day as Hirvonen slipped right down the order.
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And although Loeb was back on unstoppable form, Solberg retained second place from fellow Citroen driver Sebastien Ogier. Hirvonen was the best-placed of the disapointing Ford challenge in fourth, heading Latvala and Henning Solberg.
Kimi Raikonnen continued his tough start to WRC by hitting a rock and damaging his car, before finally managing to clip a bank and barrel roll his way out of the race – luckily noone was hurt. And Youtube rally star Ken Block made an impressive debut by running in 10th place until a mistake under braking saw him slid into a rock face hard enough to destroy his suspension – but of the two debut drivers, it’s Block that looks most likely to break his way into the leaderboard so far.
In Formula One, discussion is mainly around the decision by the FIA to scrap refuelling.
On two wheels, Ryan Dungey has taken victory at the Atlanta Supercross, whilst on the roads, the build-up has started for the 2010 Isle of Man TT races, with the official launch on March 19 – one of the most interesting entrants will be Stephen Thompson, entering for thepeoplesbike.com team, which is funded by hundreds of supporters who pay £50, and as part of their return get their pictures featured on the bike.