Rally Guanajuato México

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Rally Guanajuato Corona México
Start Date: 09.03.2017
End Date: 12.03.2017
Timezone: UTC -6
Category: WRC2
WRC
WRC3
Servicepark: León
Website: http://www.rallymexico.com/

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).

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.

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Leon, México

9°C

Wind: 5 km/h

Wed

22°C

Thu

20°C

Fri

21°C

Sat

22°C

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