Wednesday | 14 Jan 2015

Minor tweaks only for Rally Mexico

Rally Guanajuato Mexico (5 - 8 March) will follow an almost identical route to 2014 as organisers have resisted the temptation to make changes in favour of improving the event for spectators.

The third round of the FIA World Rally Championship will again be based in León, featuring long and dusty stages in the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains north and east of the city.

The major change sees the addition of two tests at León’s race circuit following Thursday’s night spectacular start ceremony and stage through Guanajuato’s mining tunnels.

The street test next to León’s service park will be reintroduced into early afternoon slots on Friday and Saturday, while the short stages at Bicentennial Park have been dropped.

“We have, in the past years, concentrated on the route and on all the sporting aspects of the event,” said a rally spokesman.

Huge crowds pack Guanajuato for the start ceremony

“After years of trial and error, we believe we have reached a good balance - long and demanding stages packaged in one of the most compact footprints in the history of the championship.

“It is time now to focus on the people who make this event possible, the fans and spectators. With the help of all the rallying community, we will try to make a better event for our spectators in the future so they can have a better overall experience throughout all the venues and stages.”

The schedule includes five tests over 40km, including the marathon 55.92km Guanajuatito which opens Sunday’s final leg.

There are 24 stages covering 395.45km and the rally remains the most compact in the championship with 40 per cent of the route competitive.

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