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Rally Guanajuato México
Start Date: 05.03.2015
End Date: 08.03.2015
Timezone: UTC -6
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 21 (395,21km)
Distance: 998,66km
Servicepark: Leon
Website: http://www.rallymexico.com

Route

  • 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 three dirt tests. 
  • The final two days are closer to León and the last leg re-uses some roads from Saturday.

Challenge

  • 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.

History

  • 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 2015 

  • Thursday night’s curtain-raiser in Guanajuato is followed by tests at León’s race circuit, a popular viewing spot for fans. 
  • A short street stage close to the service park returns to an early afternoon slot on Friday and Saturday.

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!

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14 Jan 2015

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