Thursday | 05 Mar 2015

News in Brief: Rally Mexico

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

Sordo accident: Hyundai has confirmed that Dani Sordo will take the start in Guanajuato tonight following his accident at shakedown this morning (above and below). The Spaniard’s i20 was undamaged in the off but Sordo and co-driver Marc Marti were unable to regain the road.

Cautious Mikkelsen: Andreas Mikkelsen has dampened expectations of a repeat of the performance that almost carried him to victory at Rally Sweden.

“I’ve only done this rally once. That was last year and I had two crashes in three days, so not a very good history. I don’t have the experience I have from other events so it will be difficult to fight like I did in Sweden.

“I think it’s hard to go really flat out. There are so many things you can hit and things that can catch you out. I believe consistent fast stages are the way to go,” he said.

Guerra to Europe? Benito Guerra is targeting two European WRC rounds following his home rally this weekend. “We have to be in Europe. I would like to do Argentina but it’s an expensive rally for sponsors because it is outside Europe. We will try to be in Portugal and Poland,” said the Mexican, who finished sixth here last year.

Michelin to the rescue: When one of DMACK’s two sea freight containers failed to arrive in Mexico, tyre rival Michelin was quick to offer help.

Although the container holding its tyres reached León, a second unit containing the fitting equipment failed to do so. The French company generously offered the required machinery to allow DMACK staff to fit its rubber onto the wheels.

“DMACK and Michelin have had a strong working relationship since we started WRC in 2011. We have the utmost respect for them and this gesture is very much appreciated,” said DMACK motorsport director Dick Cormack.

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