Post-event Press Conference

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TOYOTA’S OGIER EQUALS LOEB’S SIX VICTORIES IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

Ott Tának pips Teemu Suninen to second place in thrilling afternoon finale Event ends early to assist foreign visitors to repatriate following air travel restrictions   LEÓN (México): Sébastien Ogier equalled Sébastien Loeb’s record six victories at Rally Guanajuato México after the decision was taken to stop the event after Saturday’s special stages.   Rally […]

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RALLY GUANAJUATO MEXICO CONFIRMS REVISED RALLY SCHEDULE

In a change to the event schedule, Rally Guanajuato Mexico will now finish on Saturday evening (14 March) in the face of fast-changing travel restrictions connected with the global COVID-19 virus outbreak.   With the unanimous support of WRC Promoter and manufacturer teams, Rally Guanajuato Mexico organisers have requested the FIA to bring forward the […]

SERVICE FLASH E

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FLASH 15

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OGIER ON COURSE TO EQUAL LOEB’S WINNING RECORD AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

Teemu Suninen holds second as series leader Elfyn Evans moves back to third place Fire destroys Esapekka Lappi’s Ford Fiesta WRC on link section after the seventh stage   LEÓN (México): Five-time winner Sébastien Ogier catapulted himself into serious contention to equal Sébastien Loeb’s record six victories at Rally Guanajuato México with an outright lead […]

Flash 12

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FLASH 10/11

Date: Friday, March 13th Day: 2 Flash N°: 10/11 Special stage: SSS Autodromo Shell V-Power 1/’2 Distance: 2.33km Weather: Overcast and dry, 22°C Road conditions: Dry Car 17. OGIER/INGRASSIA Fastest on both runs through the stage to extend his lead to 13.5 seconds. Car 3. SUNINEN/LEHTINEN Second fastest on the second run to consolidate his […]

FLASH 9

Car 33. EVANS/MARTIN “Much cooler and not a lot of grip in there.” Car 11. NEUVILLE/GILSOUL The Belgian stopped around five kilometres into the stage and was looking under the bonnet of the i20. There was no way to continue and third place was lost. Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT team principal Andrea Adamo said: “No […]

FLASH 8

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STAGE FLASH 1/2

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THIERRY NEUVILLE LEADS AFTER TWO SHORT STAGES AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

LEÓN (México):  The Belgian crew of Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul were the early leaders of Rally Guanajuato México after a pair of 1.12km stages along narrow cobbled roads and through slippery silver mining tunnels in the historic city of Guanajuato on Thursday evening. Thousands of spectators had lined the streets adjacent to Teatro Juárez and […]

Pre-event Press Conference

Present: Elfyn Evans (GBR), Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team Esapekka Lappi (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Dani Sordo (SPA), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team Q: Elfyn, joint championship leader with Thierry Neuville as we head into Rally México. From what you experienced during Shakedown this morning, how difficult do you feel it […]

Meet the Crews’ – Shakedown

Thursday, March 12th 2020   Present: 1st Elfyn Evans – Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team 2nd Thierry Neuville – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 3rd Sébastien Ogier – Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team   Q: Elfyn, joint championship leader with Thierry Neuville coming into Rally México. It is you that is going to be […]

ELFYN EVANS QUICKEST ON RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO SHAKEDOWN STAGE

LEÓN (México): Welshman Elfyn Evans topped the times on the traditional Shakedown stage at the 2020 Rally Guanajuato México on Thursday morning. The Toyota Yaris WRC driver carded a fourth run of 3min 41.8sec to top the session by 0.6 seconds from Belgian Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. Sébastien Ogier was third […]

RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO SET FOR SPECTACULAR START IN GUANAJUATO ON THURSDAY

Series-leading Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville face fierce challenge on Mexican gravel Mexican drivers Benito Guerra and Ricardo Triviño chasing WRC 2 glory on home rally   LEÓN (México):  Rally Guanajuato México fires into life with a spectacular ceremonial start and a pair of short street stages on the narrow cobbled roads of Guanajuato on […]

NEW TEAM LINE-UPS AND RISING STARS SET FOR RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO CHALLENGE

Hyundai hopes to benefit from extensive gravel tests in Spain and Portugal Toyota aims to continue strong start to new season with Evans leading the way Ford tests in Southern Spain and team newcomer Lappi sets sights on podium LEÓN (México):  The challenging icy roads of Monte-Carlo and the not-so-snowy forest trails of Sweden will […]

OGIER CLOSES THE GAP ON TÄNAK WITH FIFTH WIN IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

OGIER CLOSES THE GAP ON TÄNAK WITH FIFTH WIN IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO   Tänak’s morning attack rewarded with second place; third for M-Sport Ford’s Evans Benito Guerra delights the home crowd with sixth overall and victory in WRC 2   LEÓN (México):  Frenchman Sébastien Ogier held his nerve over the final three gravel stages […]

STAGE FLASH 21

  STAGE FLASH 21   Four-minute intervals. Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It has always been special since the start. I am so glad it is continuing this way. It was not an easy weekend for us and we came away with maximum points. I knew the feeling was good from the start of the season. Sweden […]

OGIER CLOSES THE GAP ON TÄNAK WITH FIFTH WIN IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

    OGIER CLOSES THE GAP ON TÄNAK WITH FIFTH WIN IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO   Tänak’s morning attack rewarded with second place; third for M-Sport Ford’s Evans Benito Guerra delights the home crowd with sixth overall and victory in WRC 2 LEÓN (México):  Frenchman Sébastien Ogier held his nerve over the final three gravel […]

STAGE FLASH 20

    STAGE FLASH 20   Four-minute intervals. Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA The second fastest time gives the Frenchman an overall lead of 24.4 seconds take to the Power Stage. Car 4.   LAPPI/FERM Sets the target time of 19min 42.3sec after running first on the road. Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL Continues to take it easy and conserve […]

STAGE FLASH 19

  STAGE FLASH 19   Four-minute intervals. Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “Driving clean, for sure. I need to keep the speed They are pushing hard from behind. So far so good.” Car 4.   LAPPI/FERM “At least I don’t need to follow any lines. I can choose my own lines. If they are wrong, the others are […]

SERVICE FLASH G

SERVICE FLASH G   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “So far it has not been troublefree this weekend. I know Ott will push until the end. We have a bit of a gap and can afford to lose a bit during the morning, but I need to win this rally now. If I do the job he […]

‘Meet the Crews’

‘Meet the Crews’ –  Saturday   Present: Pierre Budar – Citroën Total World Rally Team Rich Millener – M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Tommi Mäkinen – Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team Andrea Adamo – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team   1st Sébastien Ogier – Citroën Total World Rally Team 2nd Elfyn Evans – […]

OGIER REMAINS ON TRACK FOR FIFTH VICTORY IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

OGIER REMAINS ON TRACK FOR FIFTH VICTORY IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO   Toyota’s Tänak begins to turn the screw on M-Sport Ford’s Evans Massive WRC 2 category advantage for local hero Benito Guerra   LEÓN (México):  Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia remain firmly on course for a fifth victory in Rally Guanajuato México after another […]

STAGE FLASH 18

  STAGE FLASH 18   The stage was run in conjunction with the Rock and Rally Show   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA ” Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL Limped around the stage and was reported to be stuck in a gear. “It is always eventful on this rally. We picked up a puncture and some suspension damage. I […]

STAGE FLASH 16/17

    STAGE FLASH 16/17   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA Slid wide and clipped the barriers on a fast left. He dropped five seconds! “I was still pushing and I did a silly mistake on the first loop and maybe lose six or seven seconds. It was very wet compared to yesterday under the braking. I […]

STAGE FLASH 15

  STAGE FLASH 15   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “I think behind me they are pushing very hard for points. I cannot relax. The support has been amazing. I really enjoy it.” Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL Half-spin on loose gravel. “I just missed my braking for the junction, but it doesn’t matter.” Car 6.   SORDO/DEL BARRIO “We […]

STAGE FLASH 14

    STAGE FLASH 14   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “For sure, it’s not a flat out push. We try and control the lead. Very slow and sandy and low grip.” Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL “I’m okay. I am just trying to conserve the Manufacturers’ now. That’s all we have.” Car 6.   SORDO/DEL BARRIO “It was really […]

‘Meet the Crews’ – Day 1

‘Meet the Crews’ –  Shakedown   Present: Pierre Budar – Citroën Total World Rally Team Rich Millener – M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Tommi Mäkinen – Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team Andrea Adamo – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team   1st Sébastien Ogier – Citroën Total World Rally Team 2nd Elfyn Evans – […]

STAGE FLASH 13

  STAGE FLASH 13  Four-minute intervals   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “I think the gap is quite small. I had a very clean drive. The car is feeling good. I am happy with that.” Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL “Just keep a good rhythm. Manufacturers’ points are important. We just keep it nice and tidy.” Car 6.   SORDO/DEL […]

STAGE FLASH 12

STAGE FLASH 12   The stage featured a new jump into the flying finish. Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It’s not been a troublefree morning. We lost quite some time on the first stage. No spare tyre left so I was trying to drive very clean.” When questioned about ‘dirty tactics’, he said: “I am not aware […]

STAGE FLASH 11

STAGE FLASH 11   Four minute intervals for the World Rally Cars. Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA The Frenchman was awarded a notional time of 18min 07.3sec for SS10 and that dropped him to second place at the start of SS11, 1.3 seconds behind Meeke. But Ogier regained the lead again with the second fastest time in […]

STAGE FLASH 10

STAGE FLASH 10     The stage was red-flagged because Esapekka Lappi’s car was deemed to be in an unsafe position after he left the road. Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA Red-flagged on the stage after Lappi’s car partially blocked the special but finished the special with front right tyre off the rim. “A bit earlier we […]

OGIER TURNS UP THE HEAT TO LEAD AFTER NINE STAGES IN RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

  M-Sport Ford’s Evans survives the carnage to hold second; Meeke in third place   LEÓN (México):  Defending World Champions, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, defied their disadvantageous starting position to turn the heat up on their rivals after nine special stages of the 16th Rally Guanajuato México on Friday evening. After a dramatic afternoon, which saw […]

STAGE FLASH 8/9

Car 1. OGIER/INGRASSIA “It’s been almost a perfect day except for the puncture. Being third on the road was not the best and now we need to stay where we are…” Car 2. SUNINEN/SALMINEN – talking about his SS2 crash “On the middle of the stage, a downhill braking, I hit a stone and the […]

STAGE FLASH 7

Auto 1. OGIER/INGRASSIA “Tuvimos una ponchadura. Perdimos un poco [de tiempo] y quizás el primer lugar”. Ogier descubrió después que al parecer Sordo tuvo problemas en la sección del camino rumbo a la siguiente etapa. Auto 4. LAPPI/FERM “Es muy complicado. Aún así, digo, el 60% va muy bien y luego no me siento seguro. […]

STAGE FLASH 6

  STAGE FLASH 6   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “I think so far it is a good day for us. We have to manage the next stage well and then we have a good position for tomorrow.” Car 4.   LAPPI/FERM Survived a tree clip to the rear in the stage with no apparent damage to the […]

STAGE FLASH 5

    STAGE FLASH 5   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “A little bit better and the grip is a little better. Not a good news about (Mikkelsen). I like to fight.” Car 2.   SUNINEN/SALMINEN M-Sport Ford have confirmed that heavy damage was sustained by his car during the crash on SS2 and the Finn will not […]

STAGE FLASH ETAPA 4

  STAGE FLASH ETAPA 4       Car 8. TÄNAK/JARVEOJA Completes the stage in 1min 06.3sec and sets the target time for his rivals. Car 89. MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-AMLAND Beats Ogier by 0.9 seconds in the stage and extends his outright lead to 1.6 seconds. The Norwegian has the fastest time of 1min 04.9sec.  

SERVICE FLASH B

  SERVICE FLASH B   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It’s been difficult. The first stage was hard for everyone. That stage is never easy. I struggled a lot. I did not feel comfortable in the car. The time was okay. Very hot this afternoon. It will be difficult conditions. I hope the grip will be a […]

STAGE FLASH 4

STAGE FLASH 4   Car 8.   TÄNAK/JARVEOJA Completes the stage in 1min 06.3sec and sets the target time for his rivals. Car 89.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-AMLAND Beats Ogier by 0.9 seconds in the stage and extends his outright lead to 1.6 seconds. The Norwegian has the fastest time of 1min 04.9sec.

STAGE FLASH 3

  STAGE FLASH 3   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It’s good. It’’s been difficult. Very slippery and I struggled to find confidence. This one the grip was better and it was more enjoyable.” Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL “Not bad, feeling okay. Quite tricky and dusty. I am learning the car. It’s working well. I am happy with […]

STAGE FLASH 2

STAGE FLASH 2   Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA “It felt terrible honestly. I struggled a lot.  Grip is very low. It’s cleaning. I expect the others are going faster. I am not comfortable in the car.” Car 2.   SUNINEN/SALMINEN Stopped 13.5km into the stage. Television footage shows the front of the car heavily damaged pointing off […]

SERVICE FLASH A

SERVICE FLASH A Late on Thursday evening, rally officials decided to give the notional stage time of 1min 01.2sec to Ott Tänak, Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville for SS1. That was the time set by both Kris Meeke and Elfyn Evans before the opening street stage in Guanajuato was stopped because of damage to a […]

SS1

Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA Delayed at the start while the jump was repaired. “We cannot drive the stage. It is cancelled now.”   Car 2.   SUNINEN/SALMINEN “It’s great to be here. It was only one kilometre and it was not a good run for me.”   Car 4.   LAPPI/FERM A wild jump. “I was not expecting […]

KRIS MEEKE TOPS SHAKEDOWN TIMES AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

KRIS MEEKE TOPS SHAKEDOWN TIMES AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO Tänak misses out on shakedown opportunity after suffering a sensor issue Citroën Racing suffers logistical issues in build up to start of event in León LEÓN (México):  Kris Meeke and Sebastian Marshall took a major confidence boost into the start of this evening’s 16th Rally Guanajuato México by setting […]

‘MEET THE CREWS’ – SHAKEDOWN

  Present: 1st Kris Meeke – Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team 2nd Andreas Mikkelsen – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team 3rd Thierry Neuville – Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team Q: Kris, fastest this morning. How was everything feeling with the Toyota Yaris on shakedown? KM: It felt nice. It’s always a bit of […]

RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO OFFERS FIRST GRAVEL CHALLENGE OF NEW WRC SEASON

RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO OFFERS FIRST GRAVEL CHALLENGE OF NEW WRC SEASON   ·        Revised team line-ups head to México as Tänäk and Toyota aim to defend series leads ·        Benito Guerra heads local five-car contingent in his WRC 2 Škoda Fabia  LEÓN (México):  The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) makes the transition from the icy forest stages […]

RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO OFFERS FIRST GRAVEL CHALLENGE OF NEW WRC SEASON

Revised team line-ups head to México as Tänäk and Toyota aim to defend series leads Benito Guerra heads local five-car contingent in his WRC 2 Škoda Fabia LEÓN (México):  The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) makes the transition from the icy forest stages of Sweden to the baking high-altitude gravel trails of México for this […]