WRC - 2020 FIA World Rally Championship Rally Mexico - Preview | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

WRC - 2020 FIA World Rally Championship Rally Mexico - Preview

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06.03.20

The FIA World Rally Championship will leave the European winter behind for the heat of Rally Mexico (12-15 March), round three of the 2020 season and the first true gravel event of the year.

With temperatures that can top 30°C, Rally Mexico also features the highest point of the season at 2727 metres above sea level. At such altitude, engines are deprived of oxygen and can lose as much as 20 per cent of their power. Combined with the heat, this makes it one of the toughest rounds on the calendar for the cars, and the drivers have to adapt their driving styles to the conditions.

After his first win for Toyota in Sweden, Elfyn Evans leads the drivers’ championship for the first time in his career. Although he is tied on points with Monte-Carlo winner Thierry Neuville, the Welshman is the one who will run first on the road in Mexico. Sébastien Ogier – the winner in Mexico in five of the last seven years – is just five points behind in third, and Kalle Rovanperä fourth after a strong start for the all-new Toyota driver line-up. After having teamed up with Sébastien Loeb and Craig Breen, Hyundai’s Neuville and Ott Tänak will compete this time alongside Dani Sordo, who makes his first start of 2020. In the M-Sport Ford squad, Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen are rejoined by Gus Greensmith.

In FIA WRC2, Hyundai once again enters Nikolay Gryazin and Ole Christian Veiby, with Pontus Tidemand also making the trip in a Toksport-entered Škoda. A total of 10 FIA WRC3 entries are led by Scandinavian youngster Oliver Solberg and include local favourites Benito Guerra and Ricardo Triviño. It will also be the 2020 debuts for Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz, Bolivia’s Marco Bulacia and Chile’s Alberto Heller.

THE 2020 ROUTE

Rally Mexico will once again be based in León and begins on Thursday evening in the colourful city of Guanajuato, where this year the crews will tackle two runs through its narrow streets and former mining tunnels to provide a stunning start to the competitive action. Friday has ten stages in total: this includes new tests at Parque Bicentenario and on the streets of León itself to the delight of spectators, plus two passes of the city’s racing circuit, in addition to a loop of three gravel stages that features the famous El Chocolate test. Saturday consists of another three gravel stages, each run twice, a return to the Autodromo and a different street test adjacent to the service park. Sunday starts with the longest stage of this year’s rally – Otates and its the 33.61 kilometres – followed by San Diego and El Brinco, which becomes the rally-ending Power Stage.

RALLY DATA
 

Total distance

959.25 km

Stage distance:

324.85 km (34%)

Number of stages:

24


MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Media accreditation must be collected personally by accredited Pass Holders at the Accreditation Desk located at the Media Center in the Expo-Feria building, Léon Service Park (Fairgrounds Expo Center Hall, León Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos Esq. Blvd. Francisco Villa León, Guanajuato 37510 México).

The opening hours are: 

Tuesday 10 March: 

14:00 - 18:00 hrs

Wednesday 11 March: 

08:00 - 18:00 hrs

Thursday 12 March:

08:00 - 18:00 hrs


2020 RALLY MEXICO TIMETABLE & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES
 

Wednesday 11 March

 

Mandatory media safety briefing, Photographers’ Room, Media Center

17:00 hrs

 

 

Thursday 12 March

 

Mandatory Shakedown for P1 & other drivers as requested, Llano Grande

10:00 - 12:00 hrs

Shakedown P1, P2 & P3, Llano Grande

12:20 - 14:20 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’ Top 3 Shakedown, WRC stage in Léon Service Park

14:30 hrs

Shakedown for others, Llano Grande

14:00 - 16:00 hrs

Health Rally Kids Meet the Crews (photoshoot), Léon Rally Campus

14:40 hrs

FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Centre, Léon Service Park

15:00 hrs

Starting with P2, P3 drivers & Ken Block (10’)

 

Followed by P1 drivers (10’)

 

Ceremonial start, Guanajuato City

20:00 hrs

 

 

Friday 13 March

 

Start of Section 2, Léon Service Park

07:45 hrs

First car arrives for technical / media zone & service, Léon Service Park

13:17 hrs

First car arrives for technical / media zone & final service, Léon SP

20:34 hrs

‘Meet the Crews’, Léon Service Park

During the 45’ service

 

 

Saturday 14 March

 

Start of Section 4, Léon Service Park

07:45 hrs

First car arrives for technical / media zone & service, Léon Service Park

12:33 hrs

First car arrives for technical / media zone & final service, Léon SP

19:46 hrs

 ‘Meet the Crews’, Léon Service Park

During the 45’ service

 

 

Sunday 15 March

 

Start of Section 6, Léon Service Park

07:30 hrs

First car arrives for regroup, Arperos

10:21 hrs

First car arrives for technical /media zone & final service, Léon SP

12:28 hrs

Rally Finish & Holding area, Léon Service Park

12:48 hrs

Podium Ceremony & Price Giving, Foro del Lago, Rally Campus

14:00 hrs

FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Media Centre, Léon Service Park

15:00 hrs


FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
 

Wednesday 11 March

FIA WRC

 

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

 

FIA WRC2

 

Nicolay Gryazin (RUS), Hyundai Motorsport N

 

Pontus Tidemand (SWE), Toksport WRT

 

FIA WRC3

 

Benito Guerra (MEX)

 

Marco Bulacia Wilkinson (BOL)

 

Guest driver (non-priority)

 

Ken Block (USA)

 

 

Sunday 15 March

Winning FIA WRC2 Championship crew

 

Winning FIA WRC3 Championship crew

 

Top three crews in the overall classification

 

Representative of the winning manufacturer


2020 RALLY MEXICO, MANUFACTURER ENTRIES
 

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#11)

 

Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#8)

 

Dani Sordo / Carlos Del Barrio (#6)

 

 

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (#33)

 

Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#17)

 

Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen (#69)

 

 

M-Sport Ford WRT

Teemu Suninen / Jarmo Lehtinen (#3)

 

Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#4)

 

Gus Greensmith / Elliott Edmonson (#44)


2020 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classifications for all the WRC Championships is available on the following link:
https://www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2020/standings