Reigning champion Sebastien Ogier dominated the opening day of the third round of the World Rally Championship in Mexico.

Frenchman Ogier won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in January and last month's Rally Sweden to make the perfect start to his title defence and has begun brightly at Rally Mexico in Guanajuato.

The Frenchman had to settle for third place in the opening stage, but guided his Volkswagen to victory in the longer second stage to reassert his dominance.

Ogier is first overall after the two stages with a combined time of four minutes and 13 seconds, with Belgium's Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville second (4min 14.2secs) and Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen third (also 4:14.2).

Ogier was no match for Neuville or Ford's Lorenzo Bertelli in the opening stage - a 1.1-kilometre race through the narrow streets of Guanajuato.

Neuville clocked a winning time of 52.8 seconds, 0.2secs ahead of Italian Bertelli (53 seconds), and 0.4secs ahead of Ogier.

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke (53.5 seconds) was fifth in his Citroen, 0.3secs behind Mikkelsen (53.2 seconds) and 0.7secs off the pace.

Welshman Elfyn Evans, driving for M-Sport, finished 11th in a time of 54.2 seconds.

Ogier gained his revenge in the 4.6km second stage, however, leaving his rivals in his wake as he claimed victory in a time of three minutes and 19.8 seconds.

Mikkelsen (3min 21secs) was his nearest challenger, with Finn Jari-Matti Latvala (3:21.1) third, Neuville (3:21.4) fourth and Estonia's Ott Tanak (3:21.5) rounding off the top five.

Meeke was sixth with a second-stage time of 3:22.2, while Evans (3:25.3) had to settle for 11th once again.