This year Mexico will once again play host to a World Rally Championship event. Rally Guanajuato Corona has become quite a classic on the official FIA WRC calendar, thanks to the innovative additions it makes every year aimed at further testing the rally drivers as they race along the roads of the state of Guanajuato, and this year the event to be held from 06 – 09 March will be no exception.
The competition taking place in the municipalities of León, Silao and Guanajuato will see an increase in the number of special stages. This year’s event will provide a thrilling 401.77km of pure speed during these stages, compared to the 396.82km of last year. The 636.66km of road sections will bring the total up to 1,037.43km.
This will take it over the new required minimum imposed by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile at the last meeting of the World Motorsport Council. To make things even more exciting for fans, motorsport’s governing body ruled that at least 25 percent of the distance covered during any rally must be made up of special stages. At Rally Guanajuato México, the figure will be 39 percent, making what is already known as one of the calendar’s tightest events even more appealing.
The traditional ceremonial start in Guanajuato’s city centre will take place on Thursday, March 6, to be immediately followed by the Monster Street Stage Guanajuato, when at 20h09 hours on the dot, the first competition car will roar off along the 1.01km street stage that will be broadcast live on local television.
On Friday, March 7, the World Rally Cars will take to dirt roads for the first time, where they will face a total of 425.62km, including 147.88km of competitive sections (35 percent) and 279.55km of road sections, with the additional spectacle of two new stages (5 and 9) at the state’s Bicentennial Park, Parque Guanajuato Bicentenario.
Given its strategic location right at the intersection where the municipalities of Guanajuato, Silao and León meet, a mass of spectators are expected, who will get two chances to see the cars in action, one at 11:07 hours and another at 16h49. Those attending will be able to enjoy a host of attractions between each stage and even take in a concert later in the day, the details of which will be announced shortly.
On top of all this, there will be two chances to see the cars at Los Mexicanos (9.40km), El Chocolate (44.03km), and Las Minas (15.70km) on their two passes. The day’s events will be brought to a close with the popular Michelin Super Special Stage at Leon’s racetrack.