Sun 14:49 - We will return
On 23 April for WRC round four, Rally Argentina. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest and don’t forget to check out WRC+ for full programmes and onboards from Mexico. Adios for now!
Sun 14:49 - That’s all the stages complete
And the end of our live text service from Mexico. It’s been a hell of a rally. We hope you enjoyed it.
Sun 14:43 - WRC Manufacturers’ Standings
1) Volkswagen Motorsport: 99 points, 2) Hyundai Motorsport: 75, 3) M-Sport World Rally Team: 48, 4) Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team: 42, 5) Jipocar Czech National Team: 20, 6) Volkswagen Motorsport II: 15, 7) Hyundai Motorsport N: 3, 8) FWRT SRL: 1
Sun 14:40 - WRC Drivers’ Standings top 10
1) Ogier: 81 points, 2) Mikkelsen: 47, 3) Neuville: 35, 4) Ostberg: 32, 5) Evans: 26, 6) Latvala: 19, 7) Sordo: 18, 8) Prokop: 14, 9) Tanak: 12, 10) Paddon: 10
Sun 14:18 - WRC 2 top 5 FINAL RESULT
[+ times compared to leader] 1. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 4h34m06.1s, 2. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +7m56.3s, 3. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +8m17.5s, 4. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta RRC): +8m52.1s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +18m38.1s.
Sun 13:01 - Power Stage result
1: Ogier 6m50.5s (3 points) 2: Mikkelsen 6m56.1s (2 points) 3: Neuville 6m56.3s (1 point)
Sun 12:59 - SS21: WRC 2 Fuchs
He takes second in WRC 2 "I'm so happy, this morning I broke an anti-roll bar! Now I need to push hard in Argentina."
Sun 12:57 - Al-Attiyah wins WRC 2
"A good fight all week, we have been clever here, I used my head, this is the reason we have good result. Thanks to my co-driver Matthieu too - his first time in the WRC."
Sun 12:55 - WRC top 5 FINAL RESULT
WRC top 5 FINAL [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 4h19m13.4s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m18.8s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m25.1s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +3m40.2s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +5m01.8s
Sun 12:53 - SS21: Ogier
This third win in a row this season. "I think we can be proud. The team have done an amazing job this weekend. It couldn't have been better. One of the best wins of my career."
Sun 12:52 - SS21: Ogier wins!
The wins the rally and sets fastest time on the Power Stage too!
Sun 12:51 - SS21: Ostberg
The Norwegian takes second place. "It's been a very good rally. I'm pleased to get to the end with a great result. I've been fighting all weekend - with myself sometimes."
Sun 12:48 - SS21: Mikkelsen
Quickest through in 6m56.1s. It looks like he'll take third here - his third consecutive third place this year.
Sun 12:45 - SS21: Evans
A fine fourth for Evans - the same position he finished in last year. "It's been a positive weekend but tough at times. Lots of drivers have had problems. We tried to keep it clean and have come away with a good result."
Sun 12:41 - SS21: Sordo
"We had some problems, we lost a lot of time, but the car is getting better and better and we will keep pushing."
Sun 12:39 - SS21: Prokop
Looks like sixth place for Prokop, who kept largely out of trouble all weekend and is the highest place privateer. "I want to say thanks to my team because this was a very tough rally on the car. We survived a scary moment near the end."
Sun 12:35 - SS21: Neuville
He beats Latvala's best! Neuville is quicker by 1.6sec. "I pushed very hard, I reckon the stage is cleaning a bit, but I'm very happy with that."
Sun 12:32 - SS21: Guerra
Looks like 12th overall for Guerra, who completes the final stage sixth-fastest so far. "We are going to do more rallies in Europe this year."
Sun 12:29 - SS21: Latvala
Can he salvage something from an otherwise miserable rally? He's quickest so far in 6m57. "Better than that I can't drive. I gave everything I could. If I could get some points here that would help my confidence for Argentina."
Sun 12:27 - SS21: Meeke
Quickest so far, but it's not been a great weekend for the Brit. "Extremely disappointing. I've done exactly what I didn't want to do. The consistency is not there."
Sun 12:25 - SS21: Paddon
He completes with left-rear damage after a lucky escape mid-stage. "We got caught out on a long right-hander and went wide." He is quickest so far.
Sun 12:22 - SS21: Kubica
The Pole completes 0.5sec behind Tanak's time. "We had a problem in a big compression. I knew about it from the first pass but this time it bounced us off the line. Overall the rally was okay. Apart from the mistake on El Chocolate we have done a good job. Experience is crucial."
Sun 12:18 - SS21: Tanak
He completes! It's not been the rally, or the result, he wanted, but after his terrifying accident on Friday it's a triumph. "I'm really proud of the M-Sport team - it was something crazy that they did to get us back here. It feels great to be part of this team. I'm really happy to be back."
Sun 12:12 - SS21: Stage notes
El Brinco 3, 12.55km: The final live TV Power Stage has been extended from yesterday, incorporating a section of last year’s Derramadero stage at the start. It is well-known for a big jump and is fast and flowing apart from a couple of tighter corners in the second half. There are plenty of high speed dips where drivers must be careful.
Sun 12:12 - Up next: The Power Stage
Ott Tanak began the rally's final stage at 1208hrs.
Sun 12:04 - SS20: Al-Attiyah
The WRC 2 leader is safely through. "It was good. We have one more stage to go, and we need to bring everything to the end in one piece."
Sun 12:02 - SS20: Ogier
He cruises through in the sixth fastest time. Are you aiming for maximum points on the Power Stage? "Yeah, that's the plan. I have been preserving my tyres here. I will have a big push to end the rally."
Sun 11:58 - SS20: Ostberg
He's quicker than Mikkelsen by 0.6sec. "Nothing special here, just pleased to be through." And the plan for the Power Stage? "Pushing like I'm pushing now."
Sun 11:54 - SS20: Mikkelsen
Third quickest. "That wasn't a great stage. There was a big rock in the middle of the road and we had to take a different line." He leaves immediately to work on his car before the Power Stage.
Sun 11:51 - SS20: Evans
"We lost a lot of time because we got stuck behind cows in the road. They wouldn't get out of the way. They're not as nice as the cows in Wales." He completes 22.3sec off the fastest time so far
Sun 11:48 - SS20: Sordo
"This one was okay. I'm trying to save my tyres."
Sun 11:47 - SS20: Prokop
He completes with a front-right puncture. "Terrible. I went off on the last corner. I hit a big stone and got a puncture and that took me off straightaway. I have to check the damage now." He is 25.3sec slower than Neuville.
Sun 11:44 - SS20: Neuville
Quickest so far in 3m22.1s. "Flat out. My brakes are better - I lost them a little on the last stage."
Sun 11:40 - SS20: Guerra
"It was nice. The first time I have done this stage in this format. Not a great time because the rear-end doesn't give us enough grip out of corners. The team have tried to fit another anti-roll bar but it can't be done."
Sun 11:32 - SS20: Paddon
The Kiwi 1.2sec slower than Kubica. "It was okay, just a warm-up really for the Power Stage. Hopefully I can find a bit more."
Sun 11:30 - SS20: Kubica
A clean run for the Pole, who completes 2.5sec quicker than Tanak
Sun 11:28 - SS20: Tanak
"It's very tricky to be first on the road, but at the same time it's great to be here."
Sun 11:24 - SS20: Stage notes
Derramadero, 6.29km: This is a shorter version of last year’s stage. It is fast but tricky with small concrete bridges in several corners. It is most famous for a jump at 5.30km where Petter Solberg survived a massive spin on landing several years ago.
Sun 11:24 - SS20: Stage notes
Derramadero, 6.29km: This is a shorter version of last year’s stage. It is fast but tricky with small concrete bridges in several corners. It is most famous for a jump at 5.30km where Petter Solberg survived a massive spin on landing several years ago.
Sun 11:20 - Up next: SS20
Derramadero started at 1116hrs
Sun 11:20 - WRC top 5 after after SS19
Ostberg the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 4h08m56.3s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m12.8s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m20.8s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +3m05.6s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +4m51.6s
Sun 11:17 - Tanak update
All okay. He has checked-in at SS20. His car's GPS is not working. Perhaps it took on some water.
Sun 11:15 - SS19: Ogier
He slots second quickest, 2.4sec off Ostberg's stage winning time. "That was a really nice stage, I took it easy so I'm surprised not to have lost more time. I'm really enjoying driving these Mexican stages." With two stages to go Ogier's lead stands at 1m12.8s
Sun 11:12 - SS19: Ostberg
He goes fastest so far and extends the gap to Mikkelsen to a slightly more secure 8sec. "The stage didn't get off to the best start, it was took me until the midpoint before I got a good feeling. Of course it feels good to pull a few seconds further ahead of Andreas."
Sun 11:06 - SS19: Mikkelsen
He's pushing hard to close the 4.5sec gap to Ostberg in second - but nearly threw it all away. "I had a spin at 45km. I needed to reverse to get going again. Also the dashboard display has stopped working. I can't tell what gear I'm in, the engine temperature - nothing." Despite this, he’s quickest so far in 35m30.0s
Sun 11:02 - SS19: Evans
"Not pushing. It's a nice stage, and I *could* push, but I need to protect my position."
Sun 11:01 - SS19: Sordo
Sixth quickest. Sounds like an uncomfortable ride for Dani, who broke two ribs last month. "I lost my brakes after 20km, also my shoulder is hurting a lot."
Sun 10:58 - SS19: Prokop
"No risk, no pushing. I'm taking care of my position." He is 31sec slower than Neuville's stage leading time and on course to finish sixth.
Sun 10:56 - SS19: Guerra
The Mexican is still competing without a rear anti-roll bar. He has a clean run though. "It's really important to finish my home rally."
Sun 10:55 - SS19: Neuville
The Belgian sets the new time to beat: 35m47.1s. “It was a perfect stage. We had to be careful with the brakes between 40km and 50km. We took the jump flat out at 190kph.”
Sun 10:49 - SS19: Latvala
Quicker than Meeke but 8.7sec. He's taking it steady - braking hard before the notorious jump near the finish. "The most important thing for me is to take manufacturers' points."
Sun 10:46 - SS19: Meeke
Fastest of the four through so far. His time 35m57.1s. "All good. No need to push."
Sun 10:44 - SS19: Problem for Tanak?
His car is stopped near the refuel after the stage. The other drivers have moved on.
Sun 10:42 - SS19: Paddon
"The car is good. Last night I watched the onboards from my team-mates to learn how to drive these stages." He's quickest so far, 34.7sec up on Kubica.
Sun 10:40 - SS19: Bertelli update
Off on a right-hander. Right-rear wheel missing. That's game over for the Italian. Not his best weekend.
Sun 10:39 - SS19: Kubica
"All okay, learning the stage, I've never done it before." He completes 41.6sec quicker than Tanak.
Sun 10:35 - SS19: Tanak completes!
Jubilation in the Service Park with the news that Ott has got his Fiesta to the finish line. M-Sport found a fish in it yesterday. Tanak's time is 37m24.7s "It's incredible to get the car to the finish after what happened. We have a small problem with the steering wheel, but otherwise okay."
Sun 10:22 - SS19: Bertelli in trouble
WRC tracking system shows his car stopped 31km into the stage
Sun 10:21 - SS19 Stage notes
Guanajuatito, 55.82km. The longest stage of the rally is a tough one. It starts on narrow roads with plenty of dips and the opening 10km are technical, with many corners and a gravelly surface. From then on it becomes more flowing and faster. Of the 54km, almost 20km have already been used in Saturday’s Ibarrilla and Otates stages.
Sun 10:21 - Tyre choices
News in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) of the tyres cars left with for this morning’s stages: Ostberg/Ogier/Mikkelsen: 4 tyres H 1S - Latvala: 4H 2S - Meeke: 6H - Tanak: 5H - Evans: 5H 1S - Neuville/Paddon: 5H - Sordo: 4H 2S
Sun 10:20 - Up next: SS19
The 55.82km Guanajuatito began at 0953hrs
Sun 10:20 - Start intervals
Cars will start at 3-minute intervals
Sun 10:19 - Start order
Here’s how the World Rally Cars will tackle today’s stages: 1) Tanak, 2) Bertelli, 3) Kubica, 4) Paddon, 5) Meeke, 6) Latvala, 7) Guerra, 8) Neuville, 9) Prokop, 10) Sordo, 11) Evans, 12) Mikkelsen, 13) Ostberg, 14) Ogier, 15) Al-Attiyah
Sun 10:19 - Sunday’s running order:
P1 registered crews will run in reverse rally classification order. Tanak will be first through the stages. Ogier will be 14th
Sun 10:18 - Weather update
It’s 17ºC in service right now. Clear blue skies. Temperature should hit 26ºC this afternoon. No chance of rain today - but there’s plenty forecast for tomorrow.
Sun 10:18 - Rally 2 restarters
All those who retired on Saturday are back today, even Ott Tanak, whose submersible Ford Fiesta fired up perfectly this morning. It looks like a day baking in the Mexican sun did it the world of good.
Sun 10:17 - Sunday stats
So that’s three stages, 74.66 competitive kilometres (most of which is just one on stage) and a total of 138.93km including liaison sections. The winning car will cross the finish podium in Leon at 1430hrs
Sun 10:17 - Coming up today
The final day features three stages. Crews will begin with the 55.82km Guanajuatito test - the longest of the rally - before concluding the event with the 11.59km Derramadero and a third run on the 8.25km El Brinco, which will be televised again and used as the Power Stage
Sun 10:17 - We’re primed
and ready to go at the wrc.com live text desk in Leon, all set for the final day of competition
Sun 10:16 - Hello again
And welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico
Sat 19:08 - Until then
keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Leon, and don’t forget to check out WRC Plus for a massive selection of must-see clips from the event so far.
Sat 19:05 - That’s Saturday’s stages done
And the end of our live text service for today. We will return on Sunday at 0945hrs (local) to report on the grand finale - starting with the monster 55.82km Guanajuatito at 0953hrs.
Sat 19:02 - WRC 2 top 5 after day 3
(after SS18): [+ times compared to leader] 1. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 3h44m11.3s, 2. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +7m50.6s, 3. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +8.55.6s, 4. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta RRC): +9m05.2s, 5. Tempestini (Subaru): +16m47.7s.
Sat 19:00 - WRC top 5 after day 3
(after SS18): Mikkelsen the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 3h33m27.4s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m15.2s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m19.7s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +2m28.6s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +4m10.6s
Sat 18:53 - SS18: Ketomaa vs Fuchs
Drama free runs for both WRC 2 drivers who will go into the final day separated by 1m05.0s
Sat 18:48 - SS18: Prokop vs Al-Attiyah
No surprise that Prokop has the edge in his World Rally Car. "It has been a really, really good day. Now we must prepare for tomorrow - it's all about the car really, the first stage can destroy a car." WRC 2 leader Nasser reflects on a positive day. "We kept the guys under pressure. I feel sorry for Yurii of course. Now we need to keep it tidy."
Sat 18:42 - SS18: Sordo vs Evans
Sordo wins the heat, and is relieved to get his battered car through in one piece. Evans takes it steady with the seventh fastest time. "After Dani had his problems earlier we could take it easier. It's all about getting to the end now. We were here to finish - that was always the main objective."
Sat 18:35 - SS18: Ostberg vs Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen wins the battle of the Norwegians - and he's quickest so far. "I think that's the first time I did a Super Special well! It's been a really, really good day - I'm very pleased with the way my pace has improved on the repeated stages." Ostberg says: "We are still in the fight. We will continue to push a little more tomorrow- let's see."
Sat 18:29 - SS18: Ogier
The Frenchman quickest so far out of six drivers. "It's been the perfect day, I feel good, the car feels good, I'm looking forward to the first stage tomorrow."
Sat 18:21 - SS18: Four cars through
and Neuville is quickest so far. Paddon, Meeke and Paddon safely though.
Sat 18:20 - Up next: SS18
Saturday's final stage is the third and final run of the short Autodromo Super Special.
Sat 18:19 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS17
Al-Attiyah leads, Fuchs up to second [+ times compared to leader] 1. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 3h40m44.6s, 2. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +7m16.7s, 3. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +8.53.7s, 4. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta RRC): +9m02.8s, 5. Tempestini (Subaru): +16m17.8s.
Sat 18:12 - WRC top 5 after SS17
Ostberg the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 3h30m09.9s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m14.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m20.3s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +2m25.9s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +4m10.6s
Sat 18:11 - SS17: WRC 2 Fuchs
Fuchs is surprised to discover he is up to second, especially after a bizarre pre-stage incident. "I was late to start because I dropped the car into a hole when I was changing a wheel!" Some penalty time to be applied, but he has a 1m37s cushion over Ketomaa behind.
Sat 18:06 - SS17: WRC 2 Ketomaa
Jari explains his time loss on the previous stage: "A front drive-shaft snapped. We had to drive more than 20km with just rear-wheel drive. It's disappointing, but it was out of my hands - I couldn't have driven any more carefully."
Sat 17:58 - SS17: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
Nasser took the WRC 2 lead after Protasov's exit - with an engine problem - on the previous stage. His lead got a lot more comfortable when Ketomaa lost 3min shortly after. His closest rival is now Fuchs, more than 7min behind. "Okay, I feel sorry for Yurii. Now we have to be clever. There is a long way to go."
Sat 17:52 - SS17: Prokop
"The morning was really good and this afternoon I've just been trying to save the car - avoiding the biggest bumps and compressions."
Sat 17:49 - SS17: Sordo
His car looks very second hand with most of its front bodywork missing. "It is handling okay but I'm driving slowly because of the soft spare."
Sat 17:47 - SS17: Evans
"It's been a tough afternoon, and very hard on the tyres. We didn't have a lot of grip on the long one." The Welshman is reasonably comfortable in fourth following Sordo's earlier puncture.
Sat 17:43 - SS17: Ostberg
He's slower than Mikkelsen, but by just 0.3sec. "Yeah, the fight is still on. Three tenths is pretty close and there is still a long day tomorrow. We must carry on like this. If he says he will drive at his own pace then of course I will try to increase mine."
Sat 17:41 - SS17: Mikkelsen
Second quickest. Enough to edge closer to Ostberg? "I'm not thinking about the fight with Mads at all. I'm driving at my own pace, concentrating on learning the roads. If my pace is good enough to beat him then fine, if not, it's not the end of the world."
Sat 17:38 - SS17: Ogier
Fastest so far, 3.2sec up on Neuville. "I must be really happy - it's been a perfect rally up to now. It's working like a dream. With the lead I have I can afford to drive safely and that is the target for sure." Ogier sets a new highest average speed on this rally of 108.16kph
Sat 17:35 - SS17: Guerra
A clean run for Benito, but he is still uncomfortable with the feeling of his rear suspension
Sat 17:34 - SS17: Neuville
Quickest so far in 4m37.8s. "I'm very pleased. Another stage where I was absolutely flat-out."
Sat 17:32 - SS17: Meeke
"We picked up a left-front puncture about 1km before the end. It's been a frustrating loop. Kubica pulled out in front of us on the last stage and we ran in his dust for 35km."
Sat 17:31 - SS17: Kubica
More puncture problems for the Pole. He has two punctured tyres in the boot, and one of the four on his car has a slow puncture.
Sat 17:31 - SS17: Paddon
The Kiwi reports ongoing overheating concerns. “This stage wasn’t quite so bad, but I’m concerned I have damaged the engine.
Sat 17:30 - SS17 Live
We're heading straight over to the penultimate stage of the day
Sat 17:27 - WRC top 5 after SS16
Ostberg the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 3h25m35.3s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m12.2s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m18.2s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +2m17.1s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +4m00.8s
Sat 17:24 - SS16: Sordo
Seventh quickest. "We changed our punctured tyre after the previous stage, and all we've got left is one soft tyre. We want to save that, so we were cautious here." Already missing a front wing, his Hyundai lost its front bumper somewhere in the stage.
Sat 17:19 - SS16: Protasov update
He has stopped again. Fuchs has passed him.
Sat 17:18 - SS16: Evans
Slots fifth fastest. How was it? "Difficult. I didn't have a lot of grip, especially in the second half."
Sat 17:17 - SS16: Ostberg
Fastest so far, 1.1sec quicker than his rival Mikkelsen. Mads' lead in the overall standings is now 6sec. "It's incredible to do a stage like that with no splits because you have absolutely no idea how your pace measures up! I'm sweating a lot, so I know I got a good work out."
Sat 17:13 - SS16: Protasov update
Moving again, but Al-Attiyah has passed him on stage
Sat 17:12 - SS16: Mikkelsen
Fastest so far in 29m31.1s. "A very tricky stage this one. There are a lot of places I could have been faster, but I've improved a lot since this morning and that's encouraging. I'm not at my maximum yet."
Sat 17:10 - SS16: Protasov stopped!
WRC tracking shows the WRC 2 leader stopped at the 18.3km point.
Sat 17:09 - SS16: Ogier
Fastest so far in 29m31.7s. "A good run. I'm happy with this. Trying to drive as cleanly as possible. I'm glad this one is over, it can be a difficult one."
Sat 17:07 - SS16: Guerra
Third quickest so far, 57.4sec off Neuville's pace. "Much better. I didn't make any big mistakes. I feel more comfortable in the car, even though the rear suspension still feels strange - especially in the compressions."
Sat 17:05 - SS16: Neuville
Quickest so far in 29m46.0s. No problems reported.
Sat 17:04 - SS16: Meeke
Meeke completes in 30m21.4s. Understandably he is frustrated at being stuck behind Kubica's car.
Sat 17:01 - SS16: Kubica
The Pole completes with Meeke just 300 metres behind. He completes 2m20s slower than Paddon. His rear-left tyre is off the rim. "After 10km we had a front-right puncture and we stopped to change it. We have no more spares."
Sat 16:56 - SS16: Paddon
The Kiwi still struggling with an engine problem. "It's way down on power. It's getting hot and as soon as that happens it switches to safe mode. The engine temperature is very high - I hope we haven't damaged it."
Sat 16:43 - SS16: Meeke
The Brit has caught Kubica's car mid stage. He is following close behind in a huge cloud of dust.
Sat 16:35 - SS16: Kubica update
Sat 16:33 - SS16: Kubica in trouble
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at the 8.1km mark.
Sat 16:24 - Up next: SS16
The repeat of the 42.90km Otates started at 1622hrs
Sat 16:23 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS15
Gorban stops [+ times compared to leader] 1. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 3h04m29.3, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +31.4s, 3. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +5m54.6s, 4. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +6.47.7s, 5. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta RRC): +8m00.2s.
Sat 16:14 - SS15: WRC 2 Gorban
Stopped on stage. He had a problem here earlier when his bonnet flipped up and smashed his windscreen.
Sat 16:06 - WRC top 5 after SS15
Ogier the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 2h56m03.6s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m13.9s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m18.8s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m58.6s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +3m10.7s
Sat 16:04 - SS15: WRC 2 Protasov
He is three seconds slower than Al-Attiyah on the splits, but with a healthy WRC 2 lead Protasov is unconcerned. "Three seconds is fine. But I'm still pushing - this is not an easy drive."
Sat 15:59 - SS15: Sordo
He completes 59sec slower than Ogier. His car arrives at the finish with a punctured left-front tyre. Flailing rubber has destroyed the front wing and damaged the front bumper. "In one section there were a lot of stones in the middle of the road - that's where it happened." He maintains fifth place overall, but the fight with Evans for fourth looks over.
Sat 15:53 - SS15: Evans
Fourth quickest so far. "A little concerned that I was too aggressive on the tyres in there."
Sat 15:50 - SS15: Ostberg
Ostberg is 4.8sec slower than Mikkelsen - the gap between them in the overall standings now just 4.9sec. "Nothing is wrong. Until I saw my time I thought I had driven a good stage. I need to pick up my pace."
Sat 15:48 - SS15: Mikkelsen
A strong start to the afternoon from Andreas, who completes just 0.8sec slower than Ogier. He sounds very relaxed. "A better time this afternoon for me - it just goes to show how important experience is." He has Ostberg in his sights...
Sat 15:44 - SS15: Ogier
Fastest so far in 17m26.7s. "Some places are really rough, but the road is generally good and clean. There are rocks about though, and I'm taking no risks."
Sat 15:39 - SS15: Neuville
A sharp compression on this stage earlier damaged his car's gearbox. "We had to change the gearbox, it was completely cracked. Now the car is going well. It's a little too stiff but it's okay." He is quickest so far in 17m36.4.
Sat 15:35 - SS15: Meeke
Fastest so far in 17m41.0s. He's carrying two spare tyres just in case.
Sat 15:32 - SS15: Kubica
"All okay. We have changed quite a lot the set-up in service. We'll see how it performs on the next stage."
Sat 15:30 - SS15: Paddon
His time is 17m51.7s. "Halfway through we felt the engine was a bit down on power. It's hard to say why. Perhaps it's the heat? I'm pretty disappointed with my time."
Sat 15:12 - Tyre choices
News in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) of the tyres cars left with for this afternoon’s stages: All drivers: 5H except Meeke: 6H and Sordo: 4H+1S
Sat 15:09 - SS15: Stage live
Hayden Paddon began the stage at 1509hrs
Sat 14:01 - Next stage: SS15
The repeat of Ibarrilla kicks off at 1509hrs. We'll resume our live text service then. Ciao for now.
Sat 14:00 - Up next: Service
Cars and crews now have a 30-minute service break before the afternoon loop of stages.
Sat 13:59 - WRC top 5 after SS14
Kubica the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 2h38m36.9s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m08.3s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m18.0s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m52.5s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m11.7s
Sat 13:57 - SS14: Kubica
The Pole wins the stage by 0.2sec from Ogier, Prokop and Sordo who tie second-fastest.
Sat 13:55 - SS14: Sordo
"Not bad, but I'm sure we have benefited from our road position. Now our gearbox is broken, and we need to swap it in service. The problem is the replacement gearbox has a problem too."
Sat 13:54 - SS14: Evans
How has it gone today Elfyn? "It's been quite mixed. Overall not bad, but I feel we're hesitating in places, I can feel that we are a bit too careful. This afternoon we will try and iron out those hesitant moments."
Sat 13:52 - SS14: Ostberg
The Norwegian has found some answers to his mystery spin. "I think I hit something on the long stage and that damaged my right-front suspension. The front end was very nervous from there on. Now Andreas is close behind but I'm not too worried - I will continue in the same speed."
Sat 13:48 - SS14: Ogier
Second quickest on the stage and his lead is more than a minute. "The pressure is not off - it's just a bit different now. Its not an easy job [to manage the gap] especially without split times. It's important to keep in the rhythm. It's going to be very hot this afternoon, and more abrasive on the tyres. I will have to be cautious."
Sat 13:44 - Tanak car update
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says the car will be out again: "Hopefully yes. It's disappointing after it ran for 20 minutes last night. Unfortunately the water still seems to be causing problems. Basically the car is okay. It's drying in the sunshine now, we'll change a few more bits this afternoon and try again tomorrow."
Sat 13:41 - SS14: Mikkelsen
"It's hot work out there - Otates especially. I'm very happy though, Most of these stages I'm driving for the first time and I'm not far off the pace."
Sat 13:27 - SS14: Driver comments
We'll catch up with the drivers a couple of kilometres from the stage end as they check-in for the midday service.
Sat 13:10 - SS14: Stage notes
Street Stage León, 1.37km: This is a new version of a test which used to run on the edge of the service park. Some of those roads are now used to house the teams’ service set-up, so this new edition mixes old and new.
Sat 13:07 - Up next: SS14
The second run though the Leon Street Stage starts at 1316hrs
Sat 13:06 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS13
Al-Attiyah spins [+ times compared to leader] 1. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 2h44m55.7, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +35.3s, 3. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +5m04.8s, 4. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +6.11.5s, 5. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta RRC): +7m12.1s.
Sat 12:54 - WRC top 5 after SS13
Sordo the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 2h37m24.9s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m08.2s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m17.9s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m49.8s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m11.7s
Sat 12:52 - SS13: Al-Attiyah
He loses about 19sec. "I carried a lot of speed into a tight corner and spun. In the dust it wasn't easy to get back in the right direction. We'll keep trying." Protasov's lead in WRC2 is now a more comfortable 35.3sec
Sat 12:50 - SS13: Spin for Al-Attiyah
He's underway again
Sat 12:44 - SS13: Prokop
Sixth fastest. "A decent morning"
Sat 12:44 - SS13: Sordo
The Spaniard takes the stage win, 0.6sec quicker than Ogier. "I pushed really hard. I lost a little near the start but the car was fantastic - really good." Sordo bags the highest average speed of the rally so far: 105.36kph.
Sat 12:41 - SS13: Evans
Fourth quickest on stage and fourth overall. He is in a strong position, but remains fairly unimpressed. How was it Elfyn? "So, so. I think on the whole it's not so bad, but we need to keep on point and keep it clean."
Sat 12:36 - SS13: Ostberg
He completes 17.7sec slower than Ogier. What happened? "There is something wrong with my right-front. I spun on the first corner. I don't know what the problem is." Mikkelsen is now just 9.7sec behind.
Sat 12:34 - SS13: Mikkelsen
Second quickest, 0.7sec slower than Ogier. "It's my first time doing this rally properly so I'm trying to get experience for next year. That's the plan."
Sat 12:32 - SS13: Ogier
Another stage win, and no sign of a let-up in the Frenchman's pace - despite a lead of almost a minute. "I am very surprised to be leading but most of my rivals are having a bad weekend. All we could do was try to keep them under pressure."
Sat 12:28 - SS13: Guerra
The Mexican has a lucky escape when he slides wide on a left-hander "We tried to push but without a rear anti-roll bar the rear end can easily drift out.
Sat 12:24 - SS13: Neuville
A great time of 4m43.7s. "I was pushing hard, but at the same time I had to be careful because we have a gearbox problem."
Sat 12:21 - SS13: Meeke
He completes 0.6sec slower than Kubica. "I think I have a problem with the rear brakes, something is not right so I had to back off."
Sat 12:18 - SS13: Kubica
He is quicker than Paddon by 0.6sec. "We are struggling quite a lot with the tyres - especially on the long stage. We had a problem there with the brakes too. All okay here."
Sat 12:16 - SS13: Paddon
First to complete in 5m02.4s - a great time considering the mechanical state of his Hyundai. "Since the end of the previous stage we have had rear brakes - and the fronts aren't too great either. We had to cruise through."
Sat 12:09 - SS13: Paddon in stage
We're hearing he may have a brake problem
Sat 12:09 - SS13: Stage notes
El Brinco 1, 8.25km: This piece of road is used three times during the rally and is famous for its big jump after 7.10km. It is fast and flowing apart from a couple of tighter corners in the second half. There are plenty of high speed dips where drivers must be careful.
Sat 12:07 - Up next: SS13
The El Brinco stage - shown live on WRC Plus - gets underway at 1208hrs
Sat 12:05 - SS12: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
Protasov leads, but second place Al-Attiyah narrows the gap between them by 2.9sec to 16.1sec. "It’s not enough, but I’m not taking too many risks," says Al-Attiyah. "I think I will be quicker in the afternoon when the Michelin tyres get more heat in them."
Sat 12:00 - Latvala out
Confirmation from Volkswagen that Jari-Matti's damaged Polo will return to service on a flat-bed truck.
Sat 11:58 - WRC top 5 after SS12
Latvala loses a wheel, Bertelli stops, Guerra spins. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 2h32m42.4s, 2. Ostberg (DS 3): +50.5s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m17.2s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m46.9s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m12.3s
Sat 11:53 - SS12: Sordo
Another clean run for the Spaniard. Fourth quickest so far.
Sat 11:53 - SS12: Prokop
"The first half was okay, but I struggled to find my rhythm in the second."
Sat 11:51 - SS12: Evans
Lost some time stuck in Jari-Matti's dust cloud for the final kilometre. He's up to fourth now.
Sat 11:49 - SS12: Latvala
He completes just ahead of Elfyn Evans, who almost caught him in the stage. The car has rear-left damage - and is missing its wheel and suspension. "It happened on a fast right-hander. We a little bit wide, hit a bank, broke the rear suspension and lost the wheel." He has lost 6min. That looks like it for the day.
Sat 11:44 - SS12: Ostberg
He is second quickest on stage, to move up to second overall, 50.5sec behind Ogier. "Quite okay, we passed Jari-Matti in there and lost a few seconds stuck in his dust. It won't change my plans, I've always said that I'm here to enjoy the rally."
Sat 11:41 - SS12: Latvala update
Reports from spectators at the 35km mark suggest his Polo's left-rear wheel is hanging off.
Sat 11:40 - SS12: Ostberg
The Norwegian up to second place following Latvala's time loss. He passed Latvala in stage.
Sat 11:38 - SS12: Mikkelsen
Second fastest so far. "My first time doing this stage, all okay" This is the stage where Mikkelsen rolled last year
Sat 11:35 - SS12: Ogier
Fastest time so far. "Happy with my drive. The target is not to lose too much to Jari this morning." When told that Jari-Matti has a problem, he says: "I hope he is continuing without too many problem."
Sat 11:33 - SS12: Guerra
Sounds like the Mexican had a lucky escape: "We made a spin in the middle of the stage. We didn't hit anything, but I had to reverse a few times to turn the car around."
Sat 11:28 - SS12: Neuville
Quickest so far in 30m22.3s. And he's very satisfied. "Very nice, a perfect stage. I really enjoyed."
Sat 11:26 - SS12: Latvala in trouble!
Split times show he has dropped 47sec to Ogier. Car moving - but at reduced pace
Sat 11:25 - SS12: Meeke
Kris thumps in a terrific time - 44sec quicker than Paddon - and appears surprised. "I felt it was slow. To be honest I was just trying to find the right lines." He's clearly not over the disappointment of crashing out on Friday. "Great to be back in the car but it's clear that I need to be doing better. "
Sat 11:21 - SS12: Kubica
"In the middle of the stage I thought we had a rear tyre off the rim again - I don't know, it might have just been the feeling." The tyre looks okay.
Sat 11:17 - SS12: Paddon
The Hyundai driver is first to complete. "The first stage was slippery, but this one was ridiculously slippery. It was worse than Sweden. We knew from the start that we wouldn't be able to do a good time, so we took it carefully."
Sat 11:15 - SS12: Guerra
Stopped on stage at the 20km mark for a while. He's moving again.
Sat 11:07 - SS12: Bertelli in trouble?
His car is stopped 17.4km in
Sat 10:51 - SS12: Stage notes
Otates 1, 42.90km. The same stage as last year, Otates is full of contrasts. After an initial steep climb through hairpins, it opens into a fast and flowing test, but from 30km it becomes narrower and twisty as it drops to the finish. It is the longest test of the leg and some roads will also be used in Sunday’s marathon Guanajuatito stage.
Sat 10:50 - Up next: SS12
The 42.9km Otates got underway at 1041hrs
Sat 10:49 - SS11: WRC 2 Fuchs
The Peruvian loses 2 minutes - and second place in WRC 2 - with a puncture. Ketomaa now up to second. Protasov and Al-Attiyah still in a class of their own at the head of the field.
Sat 10:39 - WRC top 5 after SS11
Ogier the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 2h02m44.4s, 2. Latvala (VW): +13.7s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): +37.5s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m02.2s, 5. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m19.3s
Sat 10:35 - SS11: Prokop
"Everything was fine. The grip was really high, I really enjoyed it."
Sat 10:29 - SS11: Sordo
Fourth quickest - in 17m54.0s - but he's pushed his brakes over the limit "It was okay, I lost my brakes a bit in the stage, so I have to go and work on them..."
Sat 10:26 - SS11: Evans
A good run though - fifth-fastest so far. He narrows the gap on Andreas Mikkelsen by 1.6sec to 17.1sec.
Sat 10:24 - SS11: Ostberg
Third quickest - and a clean run. "I was very nervous but I think we did a really good job. My objective is to enjoy myself."
Sat 10:23 - SS11: Latvala
He completes 0.2sec slower than Ogier, but could have been quicker had he not been unbalanced by a rock near the finish. "There was a big rock in a corner, I cut over it and the impact sent a big shock up though the damper. It felt like a puncture but the tyres are fine."
Sat 10:17 - SS11: Ogier
Our rally leader is quickest through so far in 17m41.4s. "For sure not an easy stage, but I had a clean run. We tried our best, but it's hard to push."
Sat 10:13 - SS11: Guerra
He completes 17.3sec quicker than Bertelli, but his Fiesta is less than 100 per cent after the crash yesterday. "The car feels a little bit different, we couldn't put the anti-roll bar on, so the handling isn't perfect."
Sat 10:08 - SS11: Neuville
Quickest so far in 18m07.6s. "The car is working well, the team did an incredible job to fix it. I'm very grateful to get the chance to drive today."
Sat 10:07 - SS11: Bertelli
The Italian 27sec slower than Meeke and still hampered by his pace notes. "My pace notes are not great, we have a lot of corrections to make."
Sat 10:04 - SS11: Kubica
"Okay, but the tyres are suffering a lot. The rear-right went off the rim - it has happened before here. Now we have to be careful because we have no more spares."
Sat 10:02 - SS11: Meeke
Quickest so far, but he sounds utterly deflated after crashing out yesterday. "It's important to get back in the saddle, but this position is not where I want to be."
Sat 10:00 - Tanak out
Confirmation in from M-Sport. His car is parked at the refuel and its engine won’t restart. Bitterly disappointing after all the work M-Sport put in overnight. They will try to get him out as a Rally 2 entrant tomorrow.
Sat 09:56 - SS11: Paddon
He completes in 18m20.7s "A big challenge. A lot of gravel for us first on the road. The priority is to build miles and get experience. I have to be patient."
Sat 09:43 - Tyre choices
News just in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) of the tyres cars left with for this morning’s stages: M Sport/Volkswagen/Ostberg/Neuville/Paddon: 5H - Meeke: 6H - Mikkelsen/Sordo: 4H+1S
Sat 09:39 - Tanak update
His car is stopped at the refuel, less than 1km from the Service Park. He has been there a while.
Sat 09:31 - SS11: Stage notes
Ibarrilla 1, 30.27km. This is a classic Mexican stage and a tough way to start the day - the roads are wide and the pace is high. It climbs steadily to 2599 metres at 21km before plunging downhill to the finish on narrower, more technical roads. There are several drainage ditches in the first 3km ready to trap the unwary.
Sat 09:30 - Up next: SS11
The 30.27km Ibarrilla began at 0928hrs
Sat 09:29 - Tanak update
He's on the move again. Everybody in the service park has their fingers crossed.
Sat 09:21 - Start intervals
Cars will start at 3-minute intervals
Sat 09:21 - Start order:
Here’s how the World Rally Cars will tackle today’s stages: 1) Tanak, 2) Paddon, 3) Kubica, 4) Meeke, 5) Bertelli, 6) Neuville, 7) Guerra, 8) Ogier, 9) Mikkelsen, 10) Latvala, 11) Ostberg, 12) Evans, 13) Sordo, 14) Prokop
Sat 09:16 - Tanak update
He might not be leading them off after all - his car's engine has stopped again en-route to Ibarrilla. Fingers crossed he can get it going. If not, he'll have to Rally 2 again on Sunday.
Sat 09:13 - Saturday’s running order
Cars will run in championship order today, headed by the seven Rally 2 re-starters. Ott Tanak will lead the cars off.
Sat 09:09 - Weather update
It’s a fresh 11ºC in service right now. Clear blue skies. Temperature should hit 27ºC this afternoon. No chance of rain.
Sat 09:08 - Not all plain sailing
Tanak’s resurrected Fiesta needed a little encouragement to get started this morning. It was pushed out of Parc Ferme, then towed into service. Spark plugs and coil packs changed, Tanak left service four minutes late
Sat 09:08 - Raising the Ti-Tanak
The car was winched out of the lake after 10 hours underwater. Astonishingly, M-Sport technicians managed to get it ship-shape in just 3 hours. The work involved changing the gearbox, fuel tank, turbo, cooling package, boost control valves, electronic components, brake components, front and rear suspension components as well as a number of cosmetic components, the team also repaired the engine block and drained the engine of excess water.
Sat 09:08 - Rally 2 restarters
We lost seven World Rally Cars on Friday, but they’re all back today - even the Ford Fiesta of Ott Tanak, which was dragged from the lake yesterday afternoon!
Sat 09:07 - Saturday stats
So that’s eight stages, 168.81 competitive kilometres and a total of 320.38km including liaison sections
Sat 09:07 - And in the afternoon
The 30-minute midday service will provide a break, before the repeated runs on Ibarrilla, Otates and El Brinco. The crews will end the day with a third and final run at the Super Special.
Sat 09:07 - Coming up this morning
Saturday is the longest leg, with four stages over thirty kilometres long. After Ibarrilla (30.27km), the 42.90 kilometre-long Otates will be next up before the crews tackle El Brinco (8.25km), which will be broadcast live on television, and the León Street Stage.
Sat 09:06 - We’re back
at the wrc.com live text desk in the heart of the Service Park ready for another packed day of action
Sat 09:06 - Good morning from Leon
And welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico
Fri 19:12 - Stay tuned
Keep an eye on wrc.com's news section for all the latest and check out WRC Plus for the full story of one of the most dramatic WRC days in recent years.
Fri 19:05 - We're done
That's all from the live text in Mexico from an action-packed second day. We'll be back tomorrow when hopefully illness will have receded and we can bring you the comprehensive service you are used to!
Fri 19:02 - WRC 2 top 5 after day 2
1. Protasov (Ford): 1h49m39.4s, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford): +14.4s, 3. Fuchs (Ford): +1:58.4, 4. Ketomaa (Ford): +2:31.7, 5. Tempestini (Subaru): +5:42.8.
Fri 18:29 - WRC top 5 after day 2
1. Ogier (VW): 1h45m03.0s, 2. Latvala (VW): +13.5s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): +29.5s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +45.2s, 5. Evans (Ford): +1:03.9s.
Fri 16:56 - Live text
Apologies for the lack of live text updates in recent stages. A combination of illness and our desire to bring you the latest news on Ott Tanak's crash means resources are rather stretched! We'll resume normal service as soon as possible.
Fri 16:30 - SS8: Lefebvre stopped
Tracker shows him stopped at the 30km point
Fri 16:29 - SS8: Gorban stopped
He's going again, but the incident has cost him a few minutes
Fri 16:22 - SS8: Sordo in trouble
He completes with a right-rear puncture.
Fri 16:21 - SS8: Neuville update
He rolled his Hyundai shortly after picking up a puncture. The radiator is leaking, so they wont go any further today.
Fri 16:20 - SS8: Latvala fastest
He completes 2.1sec quicker than Ogier. Following Neuville's exit he is second - just 12.1sec off the lead
Fri 16:14 - SS8: Neuville off!
Quicker than Ogier at the interim splits, the Belgian chucks away second place 1km from the finish line!
Fri 16:04 - SS8: Bertelli
The Italian has stopped 7.7km into the stage
Fri 16:03 - SS8: Ogier
He completes in 29m16.2s. "It felt like a nice stage. I'm happy with that. Much better grip than before."
Fri 15:43 - WRC top 5 after SS7
Latvala the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1h01m26.5s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +11.0s, 3. Latvala (VW): +14.2s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +28.3s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +34.2s
Fri 15:21 - SS7: Ostberg
He struggled earlier on. All okay now? "Yeah, yeah, okay." he doesn't sound convincing.
Fri 15:18 - SS7: Latvala
Quickest so far in 7m29.4s. "A good run. I can be happy with that. My engineer gave me some useful advice in service." What did he say? "I'm not saying."
Fri 15:14 - SS7: Mikkelsen
Second quickest, 0.2sec slower than Ogier. "Better second time through. I feel I can go faster without taking any risks."
Fri 15:12 - SS7: Neuville
He completes 1.4sec slower than Ogier and shakes his head when he sees the time. "I'm happy, but it's going to be difficult to fight him for the win."
Fri 15:09 - SS7: Ogier
First to complete in 7m31.0s. "Not as bad as the morning, for sure. I'm half a second per kilometre quicker this time. Let's see how the other guys are doing."
Fri 15:06 - Tyre choices
News in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) that cars left with for this afternoon’s stages: Ogier/Ostberg/Sordo/Neuville: 4H+1S - Latvala/Mikkelsen/Evans: 5H
Fri 15:00 - Tanak car update
Divers are searching the lake for the car. Nothing found so far.
Fri 14:59 - SS7: We're back
And ready for the afternoon repeat, which kicks off with Los Mexicanos at 1459hrs
Fri 13:49 - Up next: Service
We'll resume our live text service in time for the next stage at 1459hrs. In the meantime keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Leon - including some jaw-dropping EXCLUSIVE pictures of Tanak's crash. We're working on those right now...
Fri 13:07 - SS6: Guerra
"It's a shame we weren't able to drive two of the stages today, but the most important thing is that Ott and his co-driver are okay. We were held at the start line, and we had heard that his car had gone into the lake. It was very worrying. Otherwise my drive has been okay but I'm still losing time with a launch control problem."
Fri 12:58 - SS6: Prokop
He is second quickest on SS6 - just 0.1sec slower than Ogier. That would have been his first stage win at WRC level! Otherwise it's been a hectic morning for the Czech driver who had a near miss after a pace-note mix up and later lost his rear diff guard and spare wheel on rocks.
Fri 12:53 - SS6: Sordo
He's competing here a month after breaking two ribs last month. How is he feeling? "I feel really good. In the car I can do everything I need to - I'm just not fast enough! We'll try to fix the gearbox now for the afternoon loop."
Fri 12:45 - SS6: Evans
"A mixed morning. Difficult. A decent time on El Chocolate though, so there are some positives. I hope the stages will be cleaner for the repeat loop and we will get some more consistent grip."
Fri 12:43 - SS6: Ostberg
"We did most of Sweden with a gearbox problem and I have a similar situation here. I spun in one place today where i was changing down from second to first and the box jumped two gears and put me in neutral instead. I was angry then, but I have calmed down now."
Fri 12:40 - SS6: Latvala
"It's very slippery, and I haven't had best feeling with my driving. I just don't have the confidence with the rear of the car. I'm afraid all the time that it's sliding or over steering. The weather here is very strange. We had fog earlier - I've never seen that here before. I had only one soft tyre this morning and I think we could have got away with all softs."
Fri 12:35 - SS6: Mikkelsen
He is second fastest on the stage, but after an accident prone performance here in 2014 he's having a safe start. "I'm taking it cautiously. I missed many kilometres here last year and on these roads you need experience. In the long run I believe this strategy will pay off."
Fri 12:33 - SS6: Neuville
He is 0.7sec slower than Ogier on stage and holds second overall. From his position of second on the road, he's delighted. “We couldn’t imagine it would be this good, but a clever tyre choice compensated a bit for the road conditions. The result is great. Okay, on the long stage I should have stayed on 2 soft and 2 hard tyres, like Ogier, inside I put on only one soft tyre. The only other problem was the spin that cost us 10 seconds. We hit a stone that somebody had put on the road.”
Fri 12:28 - SS6: Ogier
He was expecting a tough ride here today. Instead, he leads by 9.6sec at the midpoint. "It's quite amazing to be where we are now. I had a great loop, it was very slippery, but I didn't give up - even on the long stage when I felt we were going very slowly. The choice of two soft tyres was correct. I was able to play with them, moving them around the car and that worked well."
Fri 12:17 - SS6: Stage notes
Street Stage León 1, 1.37km: This is a new version of a test which used to run on the edge of the service park. Some of those roads are now used to house the teams’ service set-up, so this new edition mixes old and new.
Fri 12:16 - Up next: SS6
It's been an interrupted morning here in Mexico, but the itinerary is back on track. Crews will tackle the short street stage in Leon from 1216hrs
Fri 12:14 - Tanak update
He and co-driver Raigio Molder are back at their hotel after a terrifying accident on SS3 that left their Fiesta submerged in a reservoir. Both drivers swam to safety. They are shaken, but otherwise okay. We'll bring you the full details soon.
Fri 11:43 - SS5: WRC 2 Update
After the cancellation of SS3 and SS4, WRC 2 competitors ARE tackling SS5. However, until organisers allocate notional times for the two missed stages, they will not show in the overall standings.
Fri 11:40 - WRC top 5 after SS5
Neuville the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 52m43.1s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +8.9s, 3. Latvala (VW): +15.0s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +23.9s, 5. Evans (VW): +31.1s
Fri 11:29 - SS5: Bertelli
The Italian struggling with a wayward handling Fiesta. "We got a puncture in the stage before and I think the rear anti-roll bar is broken. We'll get that fixed in service."
Fri 11:24 - SS5: Prokop
"We had to stop for a cow, until it had decided where to go. There were lots of impacts underneath, we lost the sump guard and the car is damaged. We will have a lot of work to do in service."
Fri 11:20 - SS5: Sordo
He's fifth fastest and still affected by the gearbox issue that left him stuck at the start of SS4. "It's not so good. I was pushing very hard, I tried my hardest but I have problems with the gearbox."
Fri 11:07 - SS5: Evans
"Not too special, but not too bad. Looking at the amount of attrition it's good to still be here."
Fri 11:05 - SS5: Ostberg
Fourth fastest, but it sounds like he's sick of this rally already. "We are through it, and that's a good thing. It's okay. Not a lot more to say." What's the plan for the afternoon Mads? "No plans."
Fri 11:02 - SS5: Latvala
Third fastest, 5.3sec slower than Ogier and clearly very frustrated. "I need to improve my driving. The feeling has not been the best today and I don't know why. But that's how it is. Time to go to service and reset."
Fri 10:58 - SS5: Mikkelsen
"Okay, but this is a new stage for me. Tricky roads I must stay. I have to learn them. The second lap I hope will be better." He completes 15.7sec adrift of Ogier's stage leading time.
Fri 10:56 - SS5: Neuville
He completes 4.4sec quicker than Ogier. "A crazy stage, but everything went well. A couple of small moments but mostly perfect. We hit a stone in the previous stage, it was put in a cut by spectators, and I was a bit angry. Without that I think we could be leading."
Fri 10:52 - SS5: Ogier
He reaches the finish in 11m11.9s. "I'm very pleased with this loop. Clever with my soft tyre choice - that compensated for the fact that we had to sweep the road. The second loop is never so good either, but we'll see."
Fri 10:47 - SS5: Stage notes
Las Minas 1, 15.54km: Las Minas has an unusual character for a Mexican stage. The first 6.3km are narrow, tight and technical, but then the road opens and it becomes faster, with several sharp climbs and descents. Near the end there are loose rocks on the roadside which will be pulled out as cars make cuts.
Fri 10:45 - WRC top 5 after SS4
Ogier the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 41m31.2s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +13.3s, 3. Latvala (VW): +14.1s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +21.2s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +22.2s
Fri 10:43 - SS4: Casulty list
This one certainly lived up to Mexico's car-breaking reputation. Meeke and Paddon are both out. Kubica is nursing his damaged Fiesta through.
Fri 10:40 - Up next: SS5
Ogier began the 15km Las Minas at 1038hrs
Fri 10:39 - SS4: Prokop
"We had a big, big moment near the start because of a pace note issue. Then a lot of under-steer. Also, I think we have destroyed something with the gearshift - we're going to have a look now."
Fri 10:37 - SS4: Sordo
He completes 49sec slower than stage leader Ogier. He explains his delay on the start line. "The problem is the gearbox - I couldn't get it to select the gear. Later we lost time after the watersplash when the windscreen fogged up."
Fri 10:33 - SS4: Kubica moving again
He's lost about 10 minutes though
Fri 10:30 - SS4: Meeke update
Citroen confirm Meeke went off. Crew are okay.
Fri 10:29 - SS4: M-Sport team
have just broadcast a radio message to their drivers confirming that Ott Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder are okay. They added they have no idea where the car is.
Fri 10:26 - SS4: Itinerary update
Organisers have confirmed that SS4 will be stopped after car 37, Lorenzo Bertelli. This is a consequence of the earlier delay on SS3.
Fri 10:24 - SS4: Kubica stopped!
His car is 18.2km into the stage.
Fri 10:23 - SS4: Evans
He is third quickest, but he doesn't sound comfortable. "I'm struggling to get a nice rhythm. I'm not relaxed enough at the wheel."
Fri 10:21 - SS4: Ostberg
Second fastest so far, 8.8sec slower than Ogier - despite his ongoing gearbox problem. "I'm just trying to stay calm and drive through."
Fri 10:18 - SS3: Update
Stage cancelled after Lorenzo Bertelli. Benito Guerra and those drivers behind will be awarded notional times.
Fri 10:17 - SS4: Latvala and Mikkelsen
Safely through but neither can match the pace of their VW team-mate Ogier. Mikkelsen is 18.9sec slower. Latvala 10.5sec adrift. "Very bad driving from me," says Latvala. "It's terribly slippery out there. Maybe it's the cold? I've never known it as cold as this in Mexico before."
Fri 10:10 - SS4: Sordo
Sounds like the Spaniard had a problem on the start line. WRC TV crew reports his Hyundai sat on the line for 8sec after getting the green light to go
Fri 10:09 - SS4: Neuville
The Belgian is next to complete. His time 13.1sec slower than Ogier's
Fri 10:06 - SS4: Ogier completes
His time is 29m41.5s
Fri 10:02 - SS4: Meeke stopped!
His Citroen is parked 1.5km from the start.
Fri 10:01 - SS4: Paddon stopped!
Tracking shows his car stopped 3.1km from the start. WRC TV crews report his Hyundai has right-rear suspension damage. Sounds like it's going no further.
Fri 09:59 - WRC top 5 after SS3
Stage win for Meeke moves him up to third [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 11m49.7s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +0.2s, 3. Meeke (Citroen): +1.2s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +3.3s, 5. Latvala (VW): +3.6s
Fri 09:54 - SS4: Stage notes
El Chocolate 1, 44.13km. The longest stage of the opening leg is also the rally’s high point, reaching 2781 metres. It contains a mix of everything – climbs, descents, hairpins, fast sections and a remarkably narrow 3km section. Some roads are covered in thick dust and the final 2km are on clay.
Fri 09:54 - Up next: SS4
The 44km El Chocolate - the first of the rally's endurance tests - began at 0935hrs
Fri 09:51 - SS3: Tanak update
Both Ott and his co-driver Raido Molder are reported to be okay and are being driven to the end of the stage in a safety car - hence the pause in the competition.
Fri 09:50 - SS3: Stage stopped
Guerra and all competitors behind are held at the start line.
Fri 09:48 - SS3: Bertelli
A clean run for the Italian who clears in the 12th fastest time.
Fri 09:47 - SS3: Kubica
Fourth fastest, 1.8sec off Meeke's stage leading time. "All okay, quite a smooth stage for us - not so bad. We are struggling with a lack of power and acceleration on the uphill sections."
Fri 09:43 - SS3: Prokop
The Czech driver had a worrying start to the day when his car refused to start in Parc Ferme. He had to push it out and get a bump start. All seems okay now. "I'm quite happy to have cleared that stage. A lot happened earlier, with the car not starting, and we had work to do before the stage as well."
Fri 09:39 - SS3: Sordo
He felt his car was down on power last night, but all seems okay this morning. "It feels very good in the stage. The sensation of the car was great."
Fri 09:35 - SS3: Meeke
Fastest so far in 7m35.2s. No dramas. "Happy and content with my start. This stage doesn't clean as much as the others."
Fri 09:34 - SS3: Paddon
He started behind Tanak but didn't see the Estonian's car. Paddon had a clean run. "The surface is becoming dusty and powdery."
Fri 09:32 - SS3: Tanak off
More news to follow
Fri 09:28 - SS3: Evans
The Welshman is fifth-fastest of six cars through. Can he see a swept line in the road? "I can see marks, but it's hard to judge the grip. I'm braking too early in many places. I haven't found a good rhythm yet."
Fri 09:25 - SS3: Ostberg
He completes 11.3 sec slower than Neuville. His car shows no obvious sign of damage after his spin. Inside the car Mads is furious. "It's the same gearbox problem we had in Sweden: I go to change down, it goes into neutral and I go off. It's unbelievable."
Fri 09:22 - Tyre choices
News just in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) that cars left with for this morning’s stages: Citroën/Latvala: 4H+1S - Ogier/Neuville: 3H+2S -Mikkelsen: 4H+2S - M Sport/Sordo: 4H+1S - Paddon: 5H
Fri 09:21 - SS3: Latvala
"There is a little bit of a cleaning line. I think the soft tyre is one to have here and I only have one soft."
Fri 09:18 - SS3: Mikkelsen
"A little bit too careful in some places, but I'm taking time to settle into the rhythm of these stages." He completes 3.1sec slower than Neuville.
Fri 09:16 - SS3: Ostberg spin
At 1.2km. More to follow
Fri 09:16 - SS3: Neuville
The Belgian is quicker than Ogier by 1sec but the inside of his Hyundai i20 is full of dust. "I went wide and hit once. It's okay, but I struggled with visibility. The car is sucking dust into the cockpit."
Fri 09:13 - SS3: Ogier
His first stage as road sweeper today. His time is 7m36.7s - a few seconds down on his 2014 record. Ogier seems pretty calm. "It's okay, a good stage. everything fine." We'll see soon how that time stacks up.
Fri 09:06 - SS3: Stage live!
Sebastien Ogier began the stage at 0902hrs. Last year he set the stage record here. The time to beat: 7m33.7s
Fri 09:04 - SS3: Stage notes
Los Mexicanos 1, 9.91km. First run in 2012, this stage is fast and wide, but also contains narrower sections to keep drivers alert. The opening 800 metres are covered in a thick layer of dust, before the route climbs and falls again to run alongside a lake. Recently regarded roads at the midpoint mean plenty of loose surface gravel.
Fri 09:03 - Start intervals
Competitors will start at 3-minute intervals to let the dust settle between each car
Fri 09:00 - Start order
Here’s how the World Rally Cars will tackle today’s stages: 1) Ogier, 2) Neuville, 3) Mikkelsen, 4) Latvala, 5) Ostberg, 6) Evans, 7) Tanak, 8) Paddon, 9) Meeke, 10) Sordo, 11) Prokop, 12) Kubica, 13) Bertelli, 14) Guerra
Fri 09:00 - Friday’s running order
Cars will run in championship order today and on Saturday, which puts Sebastien Ogier first through the stages
Fri 09:00 - Weather update
It’s a fresh 14ºC in service right now, but a chilly 7ºC at the end of opening stage (SS3). There is some high cloud but plenty of blue showing too. The temperature should hit 26ºC this afternoon. No sign of rain
Fri 08:59 - Friday’s stages
Los Mexicanos (9.81km), Las Minas (15.54km), the León Street Stage (1.37km) and the 44.13km monster El Chocolate which climbs to 2,781 metres above sea level - the highest point of the rally
Fri 08:59 - Friday’s itinerary
Features a loop of four stages in the morning which are repeated in the afternoon after a 30-minute service. In total, crews will tackle 145.13 competitive kilometres - a total of 412.84km including liaison sections
Fri 08:58 - Coming up today
After Thursday night’s spectacular curtain raiser in Guanajuato, the action shifts to gravel roads in the mountains east of Leon
Fri 08:57 - We’re all set
at the wrc.com live text desk, in the heart of the Service Park, ready for the first full day of competition
Fri 08:57 - Good morning from Leon
And welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico, round three of the FIA World Rally Championship
Thu 21:41 - Until then
keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Rally Guanajuato Mexico, and don’t forget to check out WRC Plus for clips from tonight’s spectacular opening stage. Adiós for now.
Thu 21:40 - That’s Thursday’s stages done
And the end of our live text service for today. We will return on Friday at 0850hrs (local) to report of the first full day of the rally, when the action shifts to gravel roads high in the Sierra de Guanajuato mountains.
Thu 21:40 - WRC 2 top 5 after day one
(after SS2) Protasov is quickest again to hold the overnight lead [+ times compared to leader] 1. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 4m21.8.s, 2. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.5s, 3. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.7s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +5.9s, 5. Gorban (Mini JCW S2000): +7.1s.
Thu 21:28 - WRC top 5 after day one
(after SS2): Stage win moves Ogier into a slender overnight lead. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 4m13.0s, =2. Neuville (Hyundai): +1.2s, =2. Mikkelsen (VW): +1.2s, 4. Latvala (VW): +1.8s, 5. Ostberg (DS 3): +2.1s
Thu 21:20 - SS2: Ogier vs Neuville
Ogier wins the heat, the stage AND takes the overnight lead. "You can count on me to give my best," he acknowledges. "It's a good start to the rally, tomorrow all I can do is go flat out." Neuville ends the day 1.2sec behind, tied in second with Mikkelsen. "A good start, I tried to push hard here but Ogier had a very strong run. I hope I can have a competitive run tomorrow," he says.
Thu 21:11 - SS2: Latvala vs Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen wins the heat and is fastest so far. "It was okay, a close race, but I managed to get him at the end - great fun!" he says. Latvala is second quickest so far, 0.1sec off his team-mate's pace. "I took it a bit too carefully," he says.
Thu 21:04 - SS2: Evans vs Ostberg
Ostberg now shares joint fastest time with Tanak. "The stage was quite okay, no problems, nothing to complain about," he says. Evans is 7.4sec slower. He says he lost confidence after almost missing a braking point in a muddy section.
Thu 20:59 - SS2: Paddon vs Tanak
Now Tanak is fastest so far, in a time of 3m21.5s. "Very tricky, but generally quite good. Not so bad." Paddon is 11sec slower. "We lost 10sec in a spin."
Thu 20:53 - SS2: Sordo vs Meeke
Meeke wins the heat with the quickest time so far. "Not so bad. A tricky little stage, I had a reasonable run." he says. Sordo meanwhile seems happier with his Hyundai. "A little bit better than the first stage. I'm happy and looking forward to tomorrow."
Thu 20:48 - SS2: Bertelli vs Prokop
Goes Prokop's way by 1sec - but both drivers are angry at the amount of water organisers have sprayed on the stage. Bertelli says: "They cannot make it so wet as this - it is crazy! It is like mud, so slippery in one braking place. It wasn't like this for the recce!"
Thu 20:41 - SS2: Kubica vs Guerra
Kubica the heat winner, by 2.8sec, and fastest driver so far in 3m23.1. It looked drama-free too, unlike his Friday appearance here last year when he rolled. "A very tricky stage, but the real rally starts tomorrow," he says. Guerra says his car is missing its launch control system. He hopes to get that fixed for tomorrow.
Thu 20:36 - SS2: Al-Attiyah vs Lefebvre
No surprise that the experienced Al-Attiyah has the edge here. He completes 6.5secs quicker than Mexico novice Lefebvre. "Fantastic, but not easy - there's a lot of water in the corners," says Al-Attiyah.
Thu 20:31 - SS2: Stage live!
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Lefebvre are the first pairing on track.
Thu 20:26 - SS2 Stage notes
Super Special 1, 4.60km. León’s motor racing circuit hosts this test, in which two cars at a time tackle a mix of asphalt and gravel roads. A big jump and water splash are fan favourites and this is the first of three visits during the rally. It caught out Robert Kubica last year who rolled his Ford Fiesta RS.
Thu 20:25 - Up next: SS2
The head-to-head Super Special gets underway at 2029hrs
Thu 20:24 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
Protasov the early leader [+ times compared to leader] 1. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 54.0s, 2. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.0s, 3. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.3s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.6s, 5. Gorban (Mini JCW S2000): +3.1s.
Thu 20:21 - SS1: WRC2
Protasov is the early leader in WRC 2. The Ukrainian completes the stage one second quicker than Ketomaa. Fuchs is third with Al-Attiyah fourth
Thu 20:05 - WRC top 5 after SS1
Stage win moves Neuville into the early lead, Bertelli is a remarkable second. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Neuville (Hyundai): 52.8s, 2. Bertelli (Ford): +0.2s, 3. Ogier (VW): +0.4s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +0.4s, 5. Meeke (DS 3): +0.7s
Thu 19:57 - SS1: Ogier
He slots third fastest, behind stage winner Neuville and Bertelli in second. "This stage is something to enjoy, but you really have to concentrate. Great to hear the crowds here."
Thu 19:55 - SS1: Neuville topples Bertelli
The Belgian goes fastest by 0.2sec - but it wasn't an easy ride. "My pace notes were not 100 per cent right - I had no length on the last right-hander. We have to find out why. Not the best start but the time wasn't bad, so I have to be happy."
Thu 19:51 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Second fastest so far - despite a cautious start. "It was very, very slippery. Okay, safe for us, an okay start."
Thu 19:48 - SS1: Latvala
The Finn slots fourth quickest so far - 0.7sec slower than Bertelli. "A bit slippy in a couple of places, so I chose to drive smart. We have a long rally to go."
Thu 19:45 - SS1: Ostberg
Third fastest for the Norwegian. "We have a decent start position here. My objective is to build on what we achieved in 2013 and 2014." Can you challenge for the win Mads? "Let's see..."
Thu 19:42 - SS1: Evans
The Welshman slots fifth fastest. "That was more slippery than I expected so the drive was was just about being safe."
Thu 19:39 - SS1: Tanak
He's fifth fastest so far - even with a couple of scary moments. "Very tricky, really slippery in places. We had two big slides, which definitely weren't good for the time, but we're okay."
Thu 19:36 - SS1: Paddon
It's fourth-fastest for the Kiwi. "Amazing. I've never seen so many people here and on the road section. The plan was to keep it neat and away from the kerbs."
Thu 19:34 - SS1: Meeke
Second quickest, 0.5sec off Bertelli's stage leading time. "Pretty special in there. We saw tens of thousands of people on the route here! I want a strong result this weekend. A clean rally with no mistakes would do."
Thu 19:31 - SS1: Sordo
The Spaniard now third fastest, but he seems uncomfortable. "I don't know what happened, but it seems we are down on power - so I took it easy."
Thu 19:28 - SS1: Prokop
Third fastest so far, but it sounds like Prokop also had a hairy moment at Kubica's corner. "I had a moment near the beginning, so I'm happy I didn't hit anything."
Thu 19:24 - SS1: Bertelli
The Italian fastest so far in 53sec exactly. "A clean stage no problems. The atmosphere is incredible. Every rally should be like this!"
Thu 19:22 - SS1: Guerra
Huge cheers for the Mexican, who completes 2sec off Kubica's pace. "An amazing reaction from the fans here, and yes, that adds a lot of pressure. But we're going to do a good rally and keep them happy. We're aiming for top five."
Thu 19:20 - SS1: Kubica
The Pole is first of the World Rally Car drivers to complete. His time is quickest so far (53.7sec) but his Fiesta has a broken left-rear wheel. "It was very slippery in the tunnel, we touched [a kerb] but its okay." You can read about the tricky corner Kubica clipped in our 'recce notes' news story.
Thu 19:16 - SS1: Al-Attiyah
The defending WRC 2 champ is quickest so far - 1.8sec up on Lefebvre. "We are so happy to be here - we enjoy and try to keep going." And what is your aim this weekend Nasser? "To win." At the wheel of an RRC spec Fiesta he is certainly the pre-event favourite
Thu 19:12 - SS1: Lefebvre completes
The DS 3 R5 driver is first through. His benchmark time is 57.4sec. "A great feeling to open the rally here. It's my first time here. A fabulous atmosphere!"
Thu 19:10 - Stage live!
Don't forget you can watch the live stream on WRC
Thu 19:05 - Tyre choices
News just in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) that cars left with for tonight’s stages: Citroen/Hyundai: 3xsoft & 2hard. M-Sport/Latvala/Mikkelsen/Paddon: 4soft & 1hard. Sordo: 3hard & 2soft. Al-Attiyah/Lefebvre: 5hard
Thu 18:40 - SS1 Stage notes
Street Stage Guanajuato, 1.01km. Immediately after the start ceremony, drivers tackle a brief blast through the narrow streets of Guanajuato. Part of the test, driven in the same format as 2014, runs underground in former mining tunnels with high kerbs a constant threat. A roundabout donut near the finish is a big hit with fans
Thu 18:40 - Start intervals
Cars will start at 3-minute intervals
Thu 18:35 - Start order
So, here’s how the cars will tackle tonight’s stages: 1) Lefebvre, 2) Al-Attiyah, 3) Kubica, 4) Guerra, 5) Bertelli, 6) Prokop, 7) Sordo, 8) Meeke, 9) Paddon, 10) Tanak, 11) Evans, 12) Ostberg, 13) Latvala, 14) Mikkelsen, 15) Neuville, 16) Ogier
Thu 18:34 - Thursday’s running order
Is a special one, modified from the championship standings order that will apply on Friday and Saturday
Thu 18:34 - Weather update
Things have warmed up nicely after the ice and snow of Monte and Sweden. The temperature in Leon has peaked in the high 20s Celsius for the past few days and the skies have been largely clear (although it's rather overcast at the moment). Sunset is at 1841hrs and the temperature out there now is 25ºC
Thu 18:31 - Start ceremony
Probably the most spectacular of the season. The whole city comes to a halt when the WRC crews drive over the podium and launch, nine minutes later, straight into the opening stage. Tonight's first competitor, Stephane Lefebvre, will cross the podium at 1900hrs
Thu 18:30 - Thursday’s itinerary
So, just two stages tonight, totalling just 5.61 competitive kilometres. The Guanajuato Street Stage kicks off at 1909hrs, with the Super Special at 2029hrs
Thu 18:30 - Coming up tonight
A colourful prelude to the main competition, which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This evening, crews will tackle just two short stages: one in (and under) the historic silver mining city of Guanajuato, the other a head-to-head Super Special close to Leon
Thu 18:27 - We’re back
at the wrc.com live text desk, located this weekend in the TV production compound in the Service Park in Leon. That’s us in the corner, waving.
Thu 18:26 - Buena noches!
And welcome to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico, round three of the FIA World Rally Championship