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Saturday in Mexico: Bulacia bags maiden WRC 3 win

Bolivian teenager Marco Bulacia cruised through the final leg of a shortened Rally Guanajuato México to seal his first ever victory in WRC 3.

At just 19-years-old, the Citroën C3 pilot showed maturity beyond his years and won six of Saturday’s gruelling speed tests, eventually arriving back at the finish in Léon 4min11.1sec ahead of closest challenger Emilio Fernández. 

"It was an amazing rally for us. We started very well and were fighting for first place from the start. I really needed this victory - it's dedicated to my father who has always believed in me and to my home country - Bolivia," the delighted youngster told WRC+.

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Local man Ricardo Triviño ended the event on the final step of the podium, 1min03.5sec adrift of Férnandez and over five-minutes ahead of Kajetan Kajetanowicz. The Pole was hindered by electrical issues on his Skoda Fabia throughout Friday’s leg and a six-minute penalty also didn’t help his case. 

The sizzling hot temperatures and twisty mountain roads claimed a number of victims throughout the weekend. Oliver Solberg retired early on Friday morning with a damaged sump on his Volkswagen Polo, whilst Chilean driver Alberto Heller also retired with mechanical woes on his Ford Fiesta. 

Last year’s winner Benito Guerra was another to experience an event to forget. A throttle sensor issue followed by gearbox issues sidelined his Skoda Fabia on Friday. 

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