Rally Guanajuato México
|Rally Guanajuato México|
|Stages:||21 (399,71 km)|
- Based in the country’s fifth largest city of León, 400km north-west of Mexico City.
- Covers familiar territory in the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains, north and east of León.
- Begins on Thursday night with the start and opening test in picturesque Guanajuato.
- Friday’s leg returns to the area for two dirt tests that are repeated later.
- The final two days are closer to León and the last leg re-uses some roads from Saturday.
- First held in 1979, the rally moved to León in 1998 and joined WRC in 2004.
- The 2007 rally was the shortest in WRC history with a total distance of less than 850km. It still included more than 366km of stages and more than 43 per cent was competitive.
- Sébastien Loeb scored six consecutive wins between 2006 and 2012 (the rally was absent in 2009 due to rotation).
What’s new for 2016
- The monster 80km Guanajuato, the longest WRC stage since 1983, provides a sharp wake-up call on Sunday morning.
- León’s short street stage close to the service park will be run in darkness to end Saturday’s action.
- The colourful ceremonial start in Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Music, dancing and a party atmosphere create one of the season’s highlights and the opening stage through former mining tunnels begins there and then. Get there early – the crowds are huge!