Rally Guanajuato México


Rally Guanajuato México
Start Date: 03.03.2016
End Date: 06.03.2016
Timezone: UTC -6
Category: WRC3
Stages: 21 (399,71 km)
Distance: 1077,08 km
Servicepark: León


  • 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.


  • Drivers must remember how to master gravel roads. It’s the first of six consecutive dirt rounds and the first hot gravel event since Australia last September.
  • Temperatures nearing 30°C put stress on engines and transmissions.
  • The route climbs to the season’s highest point at 2737m. Engines struggle to breathe in the thin air and lose 20 per cent power.
  • Less power means mistakes are punished more severely as accelerating back to top speed takes longer.
  • Concrete culverts across the roads can inflict big damage.

Car spec

  • Normal gravel suspension – the roads are not rough but become rutted during the second pass.
  • Only hard compound tyres are used due to high temperatures and hard-packed roads.


  • 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.

Don’t miss

  • 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!


14 Jan 2016


Tags: Mexico