Thursday | 05 Mar 2015

News in brief: Mexico

A selection of stories that are making the news at Rally Guanajuato Mexico.

Longer Power Stage: Sunday’s El Brinco Power Stage (pictured above), which offers bonus points to the fastest three drivers, has been extended from 8.25km to 12.55km to comply with regulations that demand the final live TV test must be between 10km and 15km.

The increase in length means the preceding Derramadero test has been shortened from 11.59km to 6.29km.

Bertelli loses kit. Lorenzo Bertelli’s FWRT team is without most of its Rally Mexico equipment after its freight container was left off the boat from Europe.

The 40ft container should have shipped from Genoa after Rallye Monte-Carlo, but was delayed - without the team’s knowledge - and has only just arrived at the Mexican port of Veracruz, 700km away.

Until the kit arrives in Leon later tonight, the FWRT has a temporary home with M-Sport - the firm that prepared Bertelli’s Fiesta RS. M-Sport came to the rescue earlier this week, lending the Italian squad a recce car, a service awning and tools.

New Fiesta debuts: M-Sport’s new Ford Fiesta R2, which will be used in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy support category in the WRC, gets its first taste of action in England this weekend.

Estonian Sander Pärn, who won the trophy in 2014 and has helped develop the car, will drive it as a course opening vehicle at the Malcolm Wilson Rally, ahead of the series’ opening round at Vodafone Rally de Portugal (21 - 24 May).

The car is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine and boasts revised transmission, new braking system, electronics and cooling system and modified suspension.

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