2010 Rally México

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Corona Rally México
Rally Guanajuato Bicentenario
Round 2 of the 2010 World Rally Championship
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2010 Rally Mexico Installations.jpg
Rally Mexico Poliforum, Léon
Host country  Mexico
Rally base León, Mexico
Dates run March 5 – 7, 2010
Stages 22 (354.60 km; 220.34 mi)
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 884.58 km (549.65 mi)[1]
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews 30 at start, 25 at finish

The 2010 Rally México was the 23rd Rally Mexico and the second round of the 2010 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over March 5–7, and was based in León, in the Guanajuato region of the country. The event was part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the 200th anniversary of its independence. The rally was also the second round of both the Production Car World Rally Championship and the Super 2000 World Rally Championship.

The stages of the rally mixed mountain peaks with flat open valleys. Due to the high altitude, engines struggle to breathe in the thin air, causing a twenty percent reduction in their output. Stage 20 of the rally — Sauz Seco — was cancelled prior to the event, on safety grounds.[2]

Sébastien Loeb took his 55th career rally victory, leading from the end of the eleventh stage onwards.[3] Loeb won by just over 24 seconds from another Citroën driver, Petter Solberg. Solberg had led the rally throughout the first leg, and only took second position on the final stage through the super special stage. Solberg's gain was Sébastien Ogier's loss, as the Citroën junior driver just missed out on equalling his best career result in the World Rally Championship. Solberg overturned a 0.6-second gap over the final 4.42 km (2.75 mi), taking Ogier by 1.1 seconds.

In the SWRC event, Xavier Pons took the victory after battling Martin Prokop throughout the event. In the end, the Spanish driver took victory by just seventeen seconds, as both finished inside the overall top ten, in eighth and ninth places respectively. Prokop moved into the championship lead with a second to go with his third in Sweden. Michał Kościuszko was third, but over half an hour behind Pons and Prokop, with Eyvind Brynildsen and Albert Llovera rounding out the class finishers.

In the PWRC, Armindo Araújo took victory by over three minutes from Toshi Arai. Miguel Baldoni, Benito Guerra and Gianluca Linari were the only other finishers. With Patrik Flodin absent, Araújo moved into a 15-point championship lead.

The rally also ran an event/class named "Rally America" which allowed cars legal in the similarly named but unrelated Rally America series to run on the same stages as the WRC cars. The 2010 event was notable for the participation of amateur driver Bill Caswell who drove a 1991 BMW 318i he bought for $500 over Craigslist alongside co-driver Ben Slocum to 3rd place in the class, much to the amusement of the other drivers.[4][5]

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:42:41.7 0.0 25
2. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Citroën C4 WRC 3:43:05.9 24.2 18
3. France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 3:43:07.0 25.3 15
4. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:44:29.2 1:47.5 12
5. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:44:56.8 2:15.1 10
6. Norway Henning Solberg Austria Ilka Minor Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:45:29.7 2:48.0 8
7. Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Perez Companc Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:52:55.1 10:13.4 6
8. Spain Xavier Pons Spain Alex Haro Ford Fiesta S2000 4:01:26.1 18:44.4 4
9. Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Ford Fiesta S2000 4:01:43.7 19:02.0 2
10. Portugal Armindo Araújo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:04:14.2 21:32.5 1
SWRC
1. (8.) Spain Xavier Pons Spain Alex Haro Ford Fiesta S2000 4:01:26.1 0.0 25
2. (9.) Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Ford Fiesta S2000 4:01:43.7 17.6 18
3. (20.) Poland Michał Kościuszko Poland Maciek Szczepaniak Ford Fiesta S2000 4:35:02.9 33:36.8 15
4. (21.) Norway Eyvind Brynildsen Norway Cato Menkerud Škoda Fabia S2000 4:35:25.9 33:59.8 12
5. (22.) Andorra Albert Llovera Spain Borja Rozada Abarth Punto S2000 4:38:31.7 37:05.5 10
PWRC
1. (10.) Portugal Armindo Araújo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:04:14.2 0.0 25
2. (11.) Japan Toshi Arai United Kingdom Daniel Barritt Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:07:30.9 3:16.7 18
3. (13.) Argentina Miguel Angel Baldoni Argentina José Diaz Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:13:27.2 9:13.0 15
4. (15.) Mexico Benito Guerra Mexico Javier Marín Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:23:23.8 19:09.6 12
5. (17.) Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Paolo Gregoriani Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:26:16.9 22:02.7 10

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(5 Mar)
SS1 07:28 Alfaro 1 22.96 km Norway Petter Solberg[6] 13:51.4 97.77 km/h Norway Petter Solberg
SS2 09:01 Ortega 1 23.83 km Norway Petter Solberg 13:51.4 103.18 km/h
SS3 10:39 El Cubilete 1 18.87 km Norway Petter Solberg 11:49.9 95.69 km/h
SS4 10:57 Coca-Cola Street Stage 1 1.50 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:16.6 70.50 km/h
SS5 12:17 Alfaro 2 22.96 km Norway Petter Solberg 13:56.1 98.86 km/h
SS6 13:50 Ortega 2 23.83 km Norway Petter Solberg 13:41.2 104.47 km/h
SS7 14:38 El Cubilete 2 18.87 km France Sébastien Ogier 11:38.9 97.20 km/h
SS8 15:53 Super Special 1 2.21 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:37.5 81.60 km/h
SS9 15:58 Super Special 2 2.21 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:36.9 82.11 km/h
2
(6 Mar)
SS10 07:54 Ibarilla 1 29.90 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:18.3 98.01 km/h
SS11 09:17 Duarte 1 23.27 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:10.2 76.84 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS12 10:08 Derramadero 1 23.28 km France Sébastien Loeb 14:03.7 99.33 km/h
SS13 13:12 Coca-Cola Street Stage 2 1.50 km France Sébastien Loeb 1:15.3 71.71 km/h
SS14 12:52 Ibarrilla 2 29.90 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:01.6 99.52 km/h
SS15 14:55 Duarte 2 23.27 km France Sébastien Loeb 17:44.9 78.67 km/h
SS16 15:06 Derramadero 2 23.28 km France Sébastien Loeb 13:50.4 100.92 km/h
SS17 16:21 Super Special 3 2.21 km France Sébastien Loeb 1:39.1 80.28 km/h
SS18 16:26 Super Special 4 2.21 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:38.1 81.10 km/h
3
(7 Mar)
SS19 08:43 Guanajuatito 29.13 km France Sébastien Ogier 19:47.8 88.29 km/h
SS20 09:34 Sauz Seco 7.05 km stage cancelled[2]
SS21 10:12 Comanjilla 17.88 km Norway Petter Solberg 10:16.2 104.46 km/h
SS22 11:27 Super Special 5 4.42 km Norway Petter Solberg 3:12.7 82.57 km/h

Standings after the rally[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rally Mexico Itinerary 2010" (PDF). World Rally Championship. Rally Mexico; International Sportsworld Communicators. Archived from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Rally organisers cancel SS20". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Sebastien Loeb of France wins Mexico Rally". USA Today (Gannett Company, Inc.). 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  4. ^ Smith, Sam (22 March 2010). "How A $500 Craigslist Car Beat $400K Rally Racers". Jalopnik.com. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Slocum, Ben (14 March 2010). "http://www.worldrallysport.com/content/pirating-wrc-corona-rally-mexico-rally-america". Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "SS1: Petter storms into an early lead". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 2010-03-05. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 

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