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Rally Mexico: Gareth McHale leg one summary

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Rally Mexico: Gareth McHale leg one summary
Mar 10, 2007, 6:23 PM

MacHale's Mexico Adventure After the first leg of Rally Mexico this weekend, Irish father and son team Gareth and Austin MacHale are sitting in an excellent 9th and 12th place in the overall standings. Despite going ...

MacHale's Mexico Adventure

After the first leg of Rally Mexico this weekend, Irish father and son team Gareth and Austin MacHale are sitting in an excellent 9th and 12th place in the overall standings. Despite going off road on the first leg, Gareth and co-driver Paul Nagle were able to get their 2006 Ford Focus WRC back on course and finish the day's eight special stages.

Also going off road and rolling his car on the same stage was Norwegian driver Henning Soldberg in his Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus. His times have dropped him outside of the top ten and out of contention for a podium finish. His brother Petter Soldberg whose new 2007-spec Subaru Impreza was making it's debut this weekend, suffered an oil loss on the road section before the sixth stage and stopped, unable to continue.

Starting the second stage, the leader board is current Champion, France's Sebastian Loeb in the Citroen C4 leading the pack ahead of Chris Atkinson's Subaru with BP Ford's Mikko Hirvonnen rounding out the top three. Today's action sees competitors take in eight more special stages high in the mountains north of Mexico City, with the event's final six stages taking place on Sunday morning.

-credit: gmr

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Series WRC
Drivers Paul Nagle , Austin MacHale , Gareth McHale
Teams Citroën World Rally Team , M-Sport