Updated: Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Ogier builds Mexico lead as Ostberg hits trouble

World champion Sebastien Ogier took his Volkswagen into a substantial lead in the Rally of Mexico on Saturday after rival Mads Ostberg suffered a broken suspension in his Citroen.

Ogier builds Mexico lead as Ostberg hits trouble

French Sebastian Ogier steers his Polo R WRC, during the second day of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship in Leon, Guanajuato state, Mexico on March 8, 2014 - by Ronaldo Schemidt

Starting the second day with a 26.1sec advantage over Ostberg, Ogier reached Saturday's halfway point with a 49-second edge over teammate and world championship leader Jari-Matti Latvala.

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville was in third but almost four minutes off the lead.

Ostberg's challenge unravelled when his Citroen hit a bank on the opening 30.33km stage and broke the rear left suspension.

Ostberg attempted to repair the damage but eventually was forced to give up on his race hopes.

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