Guanajuato, Mexico: Sebastien Ogier won his fifth Rally of Mexico on Sunday to add to his success in the season-opening Monte Carlo to go second in the championship standings.
Citroen's defending champion held the overnight advantage going into the final day and the Frenchman finished in style posting the quickest time in the concluding power stage.
Estonia's Ott Tanak finished second in a Toyota, half a minute adrift with Elfyn Evans of Wales driving a Ford Focus in third.
Tanak retained the lead in the championship which now moves on to Corsica at the end of the month.
"From the start Mexico's been a special place for us," said Ogier whose WRC career began in Mexico in 2008.
"I'm happy it continues like that, although it was a tricky weekend, the conditions were very difficult.
"It was by no means peaceful but we managed to make the most of it."
For six-time world champion Ogier the Mexico win came on the back of a rare flat showing in Sweden last time out when he trailed in almost half an hour behind Tanak.
He rose to the top of the time sheets on Friday aided by the retirement of Andreas Mikkelsen and held his rivals at bay despite suffering a puncture on Saturday and seeing Tanak take two of Sunday's remaining specials on dusty mountain roads near Leon.
"In Corsica we'll have the same aim, to win the rally and get maximum points," said Ogier.