|Rally Guanajuato Mexico|
|Date of Award Ceremony:||09.03.2014|
- 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 and a short stage in Bicentennial Park, built three years ago between Guanajuato and Silao to celebrate 200 years of Mexican independence.
- Second leg and third legs are nearer León and the final day re-uses some roads from Saturday.
- All legs include tests at León’s race circuit, a popular viewing spot for fans.
- 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.
- 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.