Mexico drops World Rally Championship's longest stage for 2017

Rally Mexico has dropped its epic 50-mile Guanajuato stage - the longest in the World Rally Championship's recent history - from the 2017 route

Mexico drops World Rally Championship's longest stage for 2017

The organisers of the March 9-12 event have made numerous alterations to the route for next season.

Despite the loss of Guanajuato, Mexico retains one of the season's most demanding itineraries with two runs at the 33-mile El Chocolate test.

Last year's Guanajuato 50-miler split opinion, with most enjoying the challenge of a stage that took fastest man Sebastien Ogier more than 48 minutes to complete and was the WRC's longest since Corsica in 1986.

But the fact it was run on the final morning when most positions were set meant there was little likelihood of it affecting the result or drivers having to push hard.

Rally director Patrick Suberville told Autosport at the time that the stage would probably be a one-off.

"I'm really happy that we tried it and I had full confidence in the team that they would be able to do it, but not again," he said.

"The important thing for us was that it appeared seamless to people on the outside - we achieved that.

"No, we won't be doing this again. Definitely not."

DAVID EVANS: Did part of rallying die in Mexico?

As well as tweaking a route that includes 244 competitive miles, next year's Rally Mexico has undergone a significant overhaul of spectator provisions.

An organisers' statement said: "We've gone back to the drawing board to rethink the entire spectator experience.

"Half a million people represent a monumental task and we must find better ways to serve them.

"To that end, we've redesigned the information we provide to spectators, both in printed form and on road signs leading to special stages, to make it clearer and easier to understand.

"The access roads have been upgraded, too. We have also modified the route to make it more spectator-friendly."

shares
comments
Kalle Rovanpera already quick enough for WRC - Elfyn Evans

Previous article

Kalle Rovanpera already quick enough for WRC - Elfyn Evans

Next article

Sebastien Ogier has 'nothing to lose' with M-Sport in WRC 2017

Sebastien Ogier has 'nothing to lose' with M-Sport in WRC 2017
Load comments
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021
Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit? Plus

Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit?

OPINION: The Ypres Rally featured a cameo from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in its final stage, giving WRC teams the chance to experience its iconic corners in rallying machinery. It proved to be an engaging addition to the rally, and could perhaps serve as an example for other events to visit famous circuits

WRC
Aug 24, 2021
How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium Plus

How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium

With limited recent fortune and pressure starting to mount, Hyundai needed a big result at the Ypres Rally. All the key components came together in Belgium to see home hero Thierry Neuville lead a manufacturer 1-2 and kickstart its World Rally Championship challenge

WRC
Aug 16, 2021
The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree Plus

The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree

M-Sport has become the first to unveil its new-for-2022 hybrid World Rally Championship challenger, the Puma Rally1. Ford has upped its support in a bid for glory, but can the new machine roll back the years and return the Blue Oval to the top of the WRC tree?

WRC
Aug 12, 2021
The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies Plus

The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies

French drivers have dominated the World Rally Championship across the past two decades; Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier have racked up the titles in commanding fashion. With Ogier calling it a day on full-time WRC competition from next year, France will pin its long-term hopes on rookie Adrien Fourmaux, who looks to have a bright future.

WRC
Aug 7, 2021