Now in the desert or Dakar this would be fine in the "find your own line and hit the checkpoints" style of racing. In rally however, I'm not sure how "proper" this is. There are a number of instances where you can "short" a rally course if you so choose--but is it legal?? Is there a penalty?? There is no chicane here that he would have been required to pass through, he merely blew a corner and proceeded in the shortest possible direction back onto the course? Thoughts?
Oh, and he was not penalized for this "maneuver" See here: http://www.wrc.com/results/2013/rally-guanajuato-mexico/penalties/