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Rally Guanajuato Mexico
Start Date: 06.03.2014
End Date: 09.03.2014
Timezone: UTC -6
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 21 (402km)
Distance: 1037
Date of Award Ceremony: 09.03.2014
Website: 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 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.

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 2014

  • The long stages have become even longer. Each leg contains a marathon test covering 44.03km, 53.69km and 55.92km respectively. The long stages in legs 1 and 2 are used twice.
  • While the single service park remains at León’s Poliforum, cars will be serviced outdoors rather inside the huge exhibition hall. 
  • The service park is based in the area previously used for a street stage, which will not be run.

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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