Post-event Press Conference

Sunday 12 March   Present: 1st – Sébastien Ogier, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 1st – Julien Ingrassia, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 2nd – Dani Sordo, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 2nd – Carlos del Barrio, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 3rd – Kris Meeke, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 3rd – Paul Nagle, Citroën Total […]

SÉBASTIEN OGIER GIVES FORD A FIRST VICTORY IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO SINCE 2004

    Dani Sordo snatches second place after Kris Meeke puts his C3 WRC on its side Škoda Motorsport’s Pontus Tidemand romps home in WRC 2; Greensmith in second   LEÓN (México): Five-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier stormed to the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings with an impressive fourth victory in Rally […]

STAGE FLASH SS22

Date: Sunday, March 11th Day: 4 Flash N°: 22 Special stage: Las Minas 2 (Power Stage) Distance: 11.07 km Weather: Warm, slight breeze and sunny Road conditions: Dry     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “Fantastic. It is a special place for me every year, seven podiums and four victories. I knew it would be tough. Our […]

DANI SORDO EDGES AHEAD AFTER DRAMATIC OPENING DAY IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

  A returning Loeb wins two stages on way to second place; third for Tänäk Pontus Tidemand dominates WRC2 category; Greensmith holds second LEÓN (México): Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team’s Dani Sordo and Carlos Del Barrio held on to a slender lead of just 7.2 seconds after the opening full day of the 15th Rally Guanajuato México. […]

STAGE FLASH SS9/10

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 9/10 Special stage: Autodrómo de León 1/2 Distance: 2.30 km Weather: Warm and dry Road conditions: Mixed – gravel, tarmac and water splashes     Car 5.   NEUVILLE/GILSOUL “It was a really disappointing day today for me. I drove as well as I could. I did three […]

‘Meet the Crews’ –  after SS10

‘Meet the Crews’ –  after SS10 Friday, March 9th 2018   Present: Michel Nandan – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team Pierre Budar – Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Kai Lindström – Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team Malcolm Wilson – M-Sport Ford World Rally Team   1st Dani Sordo – Hyundai Shell […]

SERVICE FLASH D

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 4 Service: D (Rally Campus Service Park)     Of the 29 starters in the various categories, only Evans/Barritt (Car 2) had officially retired from the event at the start of day three.   Suninen (Car 3), Lappi (Car 9) and Latvala (Car 7) all restarted amongst […]

STAGE FLASH SS11

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 11 Special stage: Guanajuatito 1 Distance: 30.97 km Weather: Warm and sunny Road conditions: Dry and dusty     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “I try my best. The position is a bit better today and there is more grip. It is going to be hard. It is still […]

STAGE FLASH SS12

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 12 Special stage: Otates 1 Distance: 26.37 km Weather: Warm and sunny Road conditions: Dry     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “I tried to push. It is still very slippery. I cannot do more. I am on the limit.”   Car 4.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-SYNNEVAAG “That stage was a little […]

STAGE FLASH SS13

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 13 Special stage: El Brinco 1 Distance: 9.98 km Weather: Warm and sunny Road conditions: Dry     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA Starter motor issue confirmed before the stage and he did not want the engine to stall. “We have no starter motor but that is okay. We […]

SERVICE FLASH E

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 5 Service: E (Rally Campus Service Park)     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “We have still been trying to push. We had a bit more line in front. We managed to catch a couple of seconds. It is hard to catch the time we lost yesterday. The most […]

STAGE FLASH SS14

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 14 Special stage: Guanajuatito 2 Distance: 30.97 km Weather: Warm and sunny (2300 metres at stage finish) Road conditions: Dry and dusty     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA Second successive fastest time and leads for the first time. “Of course pushing hard. Someone hit a dog in front […]

STAGE FLASH SS15

The stage started 20 minutes late because of heavy traffic on the road section.   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It is a slippery one. I tried to push. It’s a difficult one, a lot of sandy sections. It’s not easy to be perfect on this one.”   Car 4.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-SYNNEVAAG “It was a clean stage. Trying […]

STAGE FLASH SS16

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 3 Flash N°: 16 Special stage: El Brinco 2 Distance: 9.98 km Weather: Hot and sunny, 31°C Road conditions: Dry     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It has been a perfect day to be honest. We can be very happy with that. I push as hard as I could. This one […]

STAGE FLASH SS17/18

Date: Saturday, March 10th Day: 2 Flash N°: 17/18 Special stage: Autodrómo de León 3/4 Distance: 2.30 km Weather: Warm and sunny Road conditions: Mixed     The first Seb shoot-out ended in a 1-1 draw. Loeb won SS17 with a time of 1min 38.1sec and Ogier equalised in SS18 with a faster time of […]

M-SPORT FORD’S SÉBASTIEN OGIER SURGES AHEAD IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

M-SPORT FORD’S SÉBASTIEN OGIER SURGES AHEAD IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO   Meeke and Sordo locked in battle for second; puncture ruins Loeb’s dream return Škoda Motorsport’s Pontus Tidemand cruises into massive WRC 2 lead   LEÓN (México): M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier snatched the outright lead in dramatic circumstances in Rally Guanajuato México […]

MEET THE CREWS – AFTER SS10

‘Meet the Crews’ –  after SS10 Saturday, March 10th 2018   Present: Malcolm Wilson – M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Pierre Budar – Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Michel Nandan – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team Tommi Mäkinen – Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team   1st Sébastien Ogier – M-Sport Ford […]

M-SPORT FORD’S SÉBASTIEN OGIER SURGES AHEAD IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

  M-SPORT FORD’S SÉBASTIEN OGIER SURGES AHEAD IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO Meeke and Sordo locked in battle for second; puncture ruins Loeb’s dream return Škoda Motorsport’s Pontus Tidemand cruises into massive WRC 2 lead LEÓN (México): M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier snatched the outright lead in dramatic circumstances in Rally Guanajuato México on […]

SERVICE FLASH G

Date: Sunday, March 11th Day: 4 Flash N°: 7 Service: G (Rally Campus Service Park) Five of the original 29 cars in the various categories have official retired from the event.   Joining Evans (Car 2 – accident) are Granados Cervera (Car 85 – mechanical), Cordero (Car 84) – mechanical, Wallingford (Car 82 – off […]

STAGE FLASH SS20

Date: Sunday, March 11th Day: 4 Flash N°: 20 Special stage: Alfaro Distance: 23.32 km Weather: Warming up and sunny Road conditions: Dry with hanging dust in places   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “We take the optimum tyre choice for the Power Stage.”   Car 3.   SUNINEN/MARKKULA “I need to keep the car on the road. […]

STAGE FLASH SS21

Date: Sunday, March 11th Day: 4                                                                Flash N°:     21 Special stage: Las Minas 1                                      Distance:     11.07 km Weather: Warm and sunny                                     Road conditions: Dry                                                              Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “The grip is not so good in places. It […]

STAGE FLASH SS22

Date: Sunday, March 11th Day: 4     Flash N°:     22 Special stage: Las Minas 2 (Power Stage)  Distance:     11.07 km Weather: Warm, slight breeze and sunny            Road conditions: Dry                   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “Fantastic. It is a special place for me every year, seven podiums and four victories. I knew it would be tough. […]

STAGE FLASH SS8

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 8 Special stage: Ortega 2 Distance: 17.23 km Weather: Cooling, slight breeze and dry Road conditions: Dry     M-Sport Ford Rally Team’s Malcolm Wilson has confirmed that Dan Barritt suffered concussion after Elfyn Evans’s crash this morning.   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “Our tyres were a bit […]

KALLE ROVANPERÄ CONFIRMED FOR RALLY GUANAJUATO CORONA 2018

Finland’s Kalle Rovanperä, one of the fastest-rising stars in the rallying world, has confirmed he will be competing in the fifteenth edition of Rally Guanajuato Corona 2018. The name Rovanperä will bring back fond memories for anyone who was around in 2002 for Mexico’s WRC candidate event, in which his father, Harri Rovanperä, easily dominated […]

RALLY MÉXICO, BEYOND THE RACE

RALLY GUANAJUATO CORONA 2017, March 9-12, 2017 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, round 3 For immediate release Sunday, March 12th, 2017 KRIS MEEKE AND CITROËN SURVIVE LAST GASP DRAMA TO KICK-START WRC CHALLENGE WITH RALLY MEXICO VICTORY • Ogier snatches WRC lead with second place; Neuville rounds off the podium • Pontus Tidemand pulls away […]

Rally Guanajuato Corona drivers don the green jersey of León

Rally Guanajuato Corona 2018 activities kicked off this Sunday with a visit by drivers Benito Guerra, Kalle Rovanperä, and Nil Solans to Nou Camp stadium, home ground of local football team León. Having started in 2012, these visits by members of Rally Mexico’s competing teams have since become a tradition. One driver who never misses […]

Mini Rally 2018 a success!

•    Marshals, stage directors, safety car drivers, FIV drivers, and medical and rescue personnel trained and ready for Rally Guanajuato Corona 2018. Rally Guanajuato Corona is known for being one of the safest in the world and its highly skilled personnel receive ongoing training to keep them up to date on the latest emergency response […]

WORLD RALLY TEAMS LEAVE EUROPEAN WINTER FOR HEAT AND DUST OF RALLY MÉXICO

Pre-event gravel testing could play a key role on first loose surface event of WRC season Local hero Benito Guerra sidelined by a testing fire that destroyed his Skoda Fabia R5   LEÓN (México):  This week’s 15th Rally Guanajuato México marks the first time this season that FIA World Rally Championship teams will face the […]

KRIS MEEKE TOPS SHAKEDOWN TIMES IN MÉXICO

  LEÓN (México):  Last year’s Rally Guanajuato México winner Kris Meeke gave himself a major confidence boost by topping the times in Thursday morning’s 5.31km Shakedown stage at Llano Grande, near León. Crews were permitted to carry out multiple passes through the test stage and the Ulsterman clocked the fastest time of 3min 41.0sec on […]

KRIS MEEKE TOPS SHAKEDOWN TIMES IN MÉXICO

LEÓN (México):  Last year’s Rally Guanajuato México winner Kris Meeke gave himself a major confidence boost by topping the times in Thursday morning’s 5.31km Shakedown stage at Llano Grande, near León. Crews were permitted to carry out multiple passes through the test stage and the Ulsterman clocked the fastest time of 3min 41.0sec on his third […]

‘Meet the Crews’ –  Shakedown

Thursday, March 8th 2018   Present: 1st Kris Meeke – Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 2nd Thierry Neuville – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 3rd Sébastien Ogier – M-Sport Ford World Rally Team   Q: Kris it was a win for you here last year in México. Quickest at shakedown today. Are […]

Pre-event Press Conference

Pre-event Press Conference Thursday 8 March   Present: Sébastien Loeb, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Jari-Matti Latvala, Toyota GAZOO Racing WRT Elfyn Evans, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Dani Sordo, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT   Q: Welcome back to the WRC Seb! 2015 was when we last saw you behind the wheel of a WRC […]

NEUVILLE TOPS TIMES ON OPENING MONSTER STREET STAGE OF RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

LEÓN (México): The Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team’s Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul stormed into a lead of 1.9 seconds after an impressive run through the opening 2.53km Monster Street Stage of the 15 th Rally Guanajuato México on Thursday evening. The intricate special wound its way over slippery cobbled streets, around treacherous kerbs […]

SERVICE FLASH

SERVICE FLASH Date:            Friday, March 9th Day:             2                                                                                           Flash N°: 1 Service:       A (Rally Campus Service Park)   All 29 starters had completed the Monster Guanajuato Street Stage on Thursday evening. Jari Huttunen blotted his copybook with a spin and the loss of 15 seconds in WRC2 and México’s Ricardo Cordero dropped 90 seconds to […]

STAGE FLASH SS1

Date: Thursday, March 8 th Day: 1 Flash N°: 1 Special stage: Monster Street Stage GTO Distance: 2.53 km Weather: Warm and humid Road conditions: Dry with some slippery patches Car 1. OGIER/INGRASSIA “We like to make a show a little bit. It is a special anniversary for me (10th time here).” Car 4. MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-SYNNEVAAG […]

STAGE FLASH SS2

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 2 Special stage: Duarte-Derramadero 1 Distance: 26.05 km Weather: Warm, windy and sunny, 21-22°C Road conditions: Dry     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “I cannot see a line for him (Neuville) to be honest. It was quite loose to be honest. I could not go much faster. The […]

STAGE FLASH SS3

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 3 Special stage: El Chocolate 1 Distance: 31.44 km Weather: Warm and dry at altitude Road conditions: Dry     Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “Not the best position obviously. We tried our best.”   Car 2.   EVANS/BARRITT “Tough. It was so slippery and so little grip. We had […]

STAGE FLASH SS4

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 4 Special stage: Ortega 1 Distance: 17.23 km Weather: Warm Road conditions: Dry – stage climbed to over 2,700 metres     Car 2.   EVANS/BARRITT Rolled in the stage and started again with the loss of over two and a half minutes. “Sixth gear, we hit a […]

STAGE FLASH SS5

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 4 Special stage: Ortega 1 Distance: 17.23 km Weather: Warm Road conditions: Dry – stage climbed to over 2,700 metres     Car 2.   EVANS/BARRITT Rolled in the stage and started again with the loss of over two and a half minutes. “Sixth gear, we hit a […]

SERVICE FLASH 2

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 2 Service: B (Rally Campus Service Park)     Car 2.   EVANS/BARRITT The crew retired at the service point because navigator Dan Barritt was slightly injured in the morning’s crash.   “We have taken Dan to hospital because we think he is suffering from concussion,” said team […]

STAGE FLASH SS6

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 6 Special stage: Duarte-Derramadero 2 Distance: 26.05 km Weather: Hot, windy and sunny, 29-30°C Road conditions: Dry     26 of the original 29 starters completed the first loop but Evans (Car 2) did not start SS6.   Solans (Car 36), Rovanperä (Car 33) and Hernandez (Car […]

STAGE FLASH SS7

Date: Friday, March 9th Day: 2 Flash N°: 7 Special stage: El Chocolate 2 Distance: 31.44 km Weather: Warm and sunny Road conditions: Dry     The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team have confirmed that Evans/Barritt (Car 2) will not be restarting on Saturday.     STAT OF THE DAY – 78 Sébastien Loeb has […]