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.
What’s new for 2017
- More than 200,000 fans are expected in Mexico City’s Zócalo main square for Thursday night’s curtain-raising stage. The square is famed for the opening scene helicopter fight in James Bond film Spectre. The WRC will have seen nothing quite like it……
- Guanajuato’s spectacular underground stage switches to Friday evening.
- New stages at Lajas de Oro on Saturday and La Calera on Sunday.
- Mexico City. The colour, music and party atmosphere of Guanajuato’s famed ceremonial start switches to the centre of the world’s fifth largest city. It doesn’t get bigger or better than this.
- Don’t forget Guanajuato! Friday evening’s stage through the town’s mining tunnels is still an experience to savour and the fans will be there in their tens of thousands.
- 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!