Rally Guanajuato México
|Rally Guanajuato México|
|Stages:||19 (370.46 km)|
- Breathtaking in both senses of the word as the WRC climbs to the thin air and stunning scenery of the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains.
- Based in the country’s fifth largest city of León, 400km north-west of Mexico City.
- Begins on Thursday night with exciting new high-profile test in Mexico City’s central square.
- Friday covers familiar roads near Guanajuato, visiting the town in the evening to drive the famous underground street stage through former silver mine tunnels.
- Final two days comprise equally challenging and sun-baked stages nearer León.
- The moment of truth for the new-generation World Rally Cars! Reliability is tested to the maximum during their first time in competition on gravel.
- 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.
- 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 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 one of the world’s largest cities. 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.