French M-Sport driver Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia pose on podium after winning Rally Mexico. Picture: AP Photo.

Guanajuato, Mexico - World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier's M-Sport team has appealed after the Frenchman was stripped of four bonus points from Sunday's Rally Mexico, leaving him four clear of Hyundai's Thierry Neuville in the standings.

Stewards imposed a 10-second penalty on Ogier for hitting a chicane in the final Power Stage, in which he had been second fastest.

Neuville gained an additional bonus point as a result of Ogier's demotion out of the top five in the stage, leaving the rally winner on 56 and his Belgian rival on 52 after three rounds.

In the end, Ogier finished 1m13.6 ahead of Hyundai driver Dani Sordo with 2017 winner Kris Meeke, in third place for Citroen.

Ogier, who has now won two of the season's three rallies to date, had gone into the weekend 10 points behind Neuville.

The next world rally takes place in Corsica, from April 5.