Mar. 03, 2017
Rally Mexico: Preview
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing ready for Mexico's testing gravel roads
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team and its drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen, will turn to the gravel of Rally Mexico from March 9 to 12. After Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Anttilla delivered the first victory for Toyota in the FIA World Rally Championship since 1999 last time out on Rally Sweden, the team is in an upbeat mood as it looks to build on a positive opening to the debut season for the Toyota Yaris WRC. However, as Mexico offers a third different challenge in as many events, learning and car development will continue to be the priority.
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila testing for Mexico
Rally Mexico has been part of the WRC calendar since 2004, and is the first true gravel round of the year. It is known in particular for ambient temperatures in the region of 30°C and a route that peaks at 2,737m above sea level, starving engines of air and cutting power by as much as 20 per cent.
The rally will have an extra-special beginning this year thanks to a new stage in Mexico City on Thursday night, with a big crowd expected to pack the world-famous Zócalo square for two runs over a 1.57-kilometre test. Friday's stages begin with the longest of the rally, the 54.9-kilometre El Chocolate, and end with more crowd-pleasing tests in the streets (and tunnels) of Guanajuato and the Autódromo de León racing circuit, which is visited again on Saturday evening before a street stage in León itself. The Derramadero Power Stage will conclude the action from 12:18 (GMT-6) on Sunday ahead of the finish ceremony in León close to the service area.
Latvala won Rally Mexico for the first time last year, while Hänninen has just one previous start there, back in 2011. They have prepared for Mexico by testing on gravel in Spain. As championship leader, Latvala will run first on the road on the opening leg, with the second and third legs to be run in reverse rally order among the leading cars.
- Miikka Anttila and Jari-Matti Latvala
- Juho Hänninen
|Year||Jari-Matti Latvala||Juho Hänninen|
- 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for drivers after round two
- Jari-Matti Latvala 48
- Sebastien Ogier 44
- Ott Tanak 33
- Dani Sordo 25
- Craig Breen 20
- Elfyn Evans 18
- Stephane Lefebvre 10
- Thierry Neuville 8
- Hayden Paddon 7
- Andreas Mikkelsen 6
- Juho Hänninen 3
- 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for manufacturers after round two
- M-Sport World Rally Team 73
- Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT 53
- Hyundai Motorsport 40
- Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 26
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