2006 Rally México

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2006 Rally México
20º Corona Rally México
Round 3 of the 2006 World Rally Championship
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View of Guanajuato from hill.jpg
A view of Guanajuato, home to two stages of Rally Mexico
Host country  Mexico
Rally base Leon
Dates run March 3 – 5 2006
Stages 17 (359.54 km; 223.41 mi)
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 1,002.47 km (622.91 mi)
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
Belgium Kronos Total Citroën WRT
Crews 39 at start, 34 at finish

The 20º Corona Rally México, the third round of the 2006 World Rally Championship season took place from March 3–5, 2006.

Event[edit]

The event saw the first win of the season for Sébastien Loeb. After a spirited battle with Petter Solberg over the first two days - that saw both drivers suffering problems(Loeb losing power steering on stage 13 and Solberg's Subaru colliding with a dog)[1] - Loeb eventually pulled clear to give the Belgian Kronos team their first WRC victory. Marcus Grönholm had a less successful event, suffering a crash on day one[2] and having to rejoin the rally on day two under Superally rules. Despite a twenty minute penalty, he managed to pick up a point for eighth place. Manfred Stohl collected the final podium place with his Peugeot 307.[3]

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC 3:47:08.8 0.0 10
2. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 3:47:57.7 48.9 8
3. Austria Manfred Stohl Austria Ilka Minor Peugeot 307 WRC 3:51:47.9 4:39.1 6
4. Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC 3:52:36.5 5:27.7 5
5. Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud Peugeot 307 WRC 3:59:44.2 12:35.4 4
6. Republic of Ireland Gareth MacHale Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle Ford Focus RS WRC 04 4:03:11.1 16:02.3 3
7. Australia Chris Atkinson Australia Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza WRC2006 4:07:48.3 20:39.5 2
8. Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 4:08:53.0 21:44.2 1
PCWRC
1.(9.) Japan Toshi Arai New Zealand Tony Sircombe Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:09:43.4 0.0 10
2.(10.) Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah United Kingdom Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:10:32.3 48.9 8
3.(11.) San Marino Mirco Baldacci Italy Giovanni Agnese Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:15:32.6 5:49.2 6
4.(13.) Poland Leszek Kuzaj Poland Maciej Szczepaniak Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:19:29.6 9:46.2 5
5.(15.) Russia Sergey Uspenski Russia Dmitri Yeremeyev Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:24:30.6 14:47.2 4
6.(17.) Argentina Marcos Ligato Argentina Rubén García Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:32:38.1 22:54.7 3
7.(18.) Czech Republic Štěpán Vojtěch Czech Republic Michal Ernst Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 4:35:30.2 25:46.8 2
8.(21.) Mexico Francisco Name Mexico Armando Zapata Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 4:56:54.7 47:11.3 1

Retirements[edit]

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(3 MAR)
SS1 09:37 Ibarrilla 1 22.40 km Norway P. Solberg 13:17.3 101.2 km/h Norway P. Solberg
SS2 11:00 Guanajuato 1 28.87 km Norway P. Solberg 16:56.4 102.3 km/h
SS3 11:51 El Cubilete 1 21.61 km Norway P. Solberg 12:06.8 107.0 km/h
SS4 14:28 Ibarrilla 2 22.40 km Norway P. Solberg 13:17.0 101.2 km/h
SS5 15:51 Guanajuato 2 28.87 km France S. Loeb 16:33.9 104.6 km/h
SS6 16:42 El Cubilete 2 21.61 km France S. Loeb 11:45.4 110.3 km/h
SS7 19:17 Nextel Superspecial 1 4.42 km Austria M. Stohl 3:21.6 78.9 km/h
2
(4 MAR)
SS8 10:08 El Zauco 1 25.22 km France S. Loeb 16:30.4 91.7 km/h France S. Loeb
SS9 11:26 Duarte 1 23.75 km Norway P. Solberg 18:07.4 78.6 km/h Norway P. Solberg
SS10 12:17 Derramadero 1 23.27 km France S. Loeb 14:03.6 99.3 km/h
SS11 15:10 El Zauco 2 25.22 km France S. Loeb 16:21.4 92.6 km/h
SS12 16:28 Duarte 2 23.75 km France S. Loeb 17:44.0 80.4 km/h France S. Loeb
SS13 17:19 Derramadero 2 23.27 km France S. Loeb 13:50.1 100.9 km/h
SS14 19:49 Nextel Superspecial 2 4.42 km France S. Loeb 3:21.7 78.9 km/h
3
(5 MAR)
SS15 08:28 Leon 37.99 km France S. Loeb 25:32.1 89.3 km/h
SS16 10:11 Silao 18.01 km Norway P. Solberg 10:20.8 104.4 km/h
SS17 11:26 Nextel Superspecial 3 4.42 km Austria M. Stohl 3:17.0 80.8 km/h

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
JPN
Japan
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 2 2 1 26
2 Finland Marcus Grönholm 1 1 8 21
3 Austria Manfred Stohl 4 18 3 11
4 Norway Petter Solberg Ret Ret 2 8
5 Finland Toni Gardemeister 3 6
Sweden Daniel Carlsson 3 6
Spain Dani Sordo 8 16 4 6
8 Italy Gigi Galli Ret 4 5
Norway Henning Solberg Ret 8 5 5
Australia Chris Atkinson 6 11 7 5
11 France Stéphane Sarrazin 5 4
Sweden Thomas Rådström 5 4
13 Finland Kosti Katajamäki 6 3
Republic of Ireland Gareth MacHale 16 6 3
15 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 7 12 14 2
Spain Xavier Pons 9 7 Ret 2
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
JPN
Japan
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
JPN
Japan
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
GBR
United Kingdom
1 Kronos Total Citroën WRT 11 13 10 34
2 BP Ford World Rally Team 14 12 4 30
3 OMV-Peugeot Norway 6 4 11 21
4 Subaru World Rally Team 5 3 12 20
5 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team 0 7 2 9
6 Red Bull-Škoda Team 3 0 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Loeb leads from Solberg in Mexico". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Solberg sets early pace in Mexico". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-04. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Loeb holds on for Mexico success". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 

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