2011 Rally México
|2011 Rally México
Rally Guanajuato México
|Round 2 of the 2011 World Rally Championship
|Rally base||León, Mexico|
|Dates run||March 3 – 6 2011|
|Stages||22 (364.87 km; 226.72 mi)|
|Overall distance||1,031.30 km (640.82 mi)|
|Overall winner|| Sébastien Loeb
Citroën Total WRT
|Crews||24 at start, 17 at finish|
The 2011 Rally México was the second round of the 2011 World Rally Championship season. It was the season's first event held on gravel roads. The rally took place over 3–6 March, beginning with a street stage in Guanajuato. The rally was also the first round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship.
In an event in which all the leading contenders suffered some sort of trouble during the rally, Sébastien Loeb took the 63rd WRC win of his career, and his fifth victory in Mexico, taking advantage of teammate Sébastien Ogier's crash on the 20th stage and held on to win the event by over 90 seconds. Loeb had trailed Ogier heading into the final day, having picked up a 50-second penalty for starting the 15th stage late. Second place went to championship leader Mikko Hirvonen, who took the Power Stage victory, to take his total points earned on the rally to 21; while teammate Jari-Matti Latvala finished third, despite losing over four minutes on Friday. The Norwegian trio of Petter Solberg, Mads Østberg and Henning Solberg finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively.
Nasser Al-Attiyah won the supporting SWRC class on the road, but was later excluded due to a technical infringement. Al-Attiyah's exclusion gave Martin Prokop victory in the class and seventh place overall, Juho Hänninen second in class and eighth overall, with Ott Tänak promoted onto the SWRC podium and into the overall points.
|Day||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||20:06||Guanajuato Street Stage||1.05 km||Petter Solberg||0:53.2||71.05 km/h||Petter Solberg|
|SS2||08:43||Alfaro 1||26.01 km||Sébastien Ogier||15:30.7||100.61 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS3||10:16||Ortega 1||23.83 km||Sébastien Ogier||13:58.5||102.31 km/h|
|SS4||11:04||El Cubilete 1||18.87 km||Sébastien Loeb||11:42.1||96.76 km/h|
|SS5||12:12||León Street Stage 1||1.33 km||Sébastien Loeb||1:17.4||61.86 km/h||Sébastien Loeb|
|SS6||13:47||Alfaro 2||26.01 km||Sébastien Ogier||15:16.6||102.16 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS7||15:20||Ortega 2||23.83 km||Sébastien Ogier||13:48.0||103.61 km/h|
|SS8||16:08||El Cubilete 2||18.87 km||Sébastien Loeb||11:33.9||97.90 km/h|
|SS9||19:45||Super Special 1||2.21 km||Sébastien Loeb||1:39.7||79.80 km/h|
|SS10||19:50||Super Special 2||2.21 km||Sébastien Ogier||1:37.9||81.27 km/h|
|SS11||08:54||Ibarrilla 1||29.90 km||Sébastien Loeb||18:25.8||97.34 km/h||Sébastien Loeb|
|SS12||10:17||Duarte 1||23.27 km||Petter Solberg||17:57.8||77.72 km/h|
|SS13||11:08||Derramadero 1||23.28 km||Petter Solberg||13:58.7||99.93 km/h|
|SS14||12:11||León Street Stage 2||1.33 km||Sébastien Loeb||1:16.9||62.26 km/h|
|SS15||13:57||Ibarrilla 2||29.90 km||Petter Solberg||18:11.8||98.59 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS16||15:20||Duarte 2||23.27 km||Petter Solberg||17:34.2||79.46 km/h|
|SS17||16:11||Derramadero 2||23.28 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||13:49.7||101.01 km/h|
|SS18||19:43||Super Special 3||2.21 km||Sébastien Loeb||1:38.4||80.85 km/h|
|SS19||19:48||Super Special 4||2.21 km||Sébastien Loeb||1:37.0||82.02 km/h|
|SS20||08:28||Guanajuatito||29.13 km||Sébastien Loeb||20:10.2||86.65 km/h||Sébastien Loeb|
|SS21||09:51||Comanjilla||24.59 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||15:11.3||97.14 km/h|
|SS22||11:06||Guanajuato Power Stage||8.28 km||Mikko Hirvonen||4:40.4||106.31 km/h|
The "Power stage" was a live, televised 8.28 km (5.14 mi) stage at the end of the rally, held near Guanajuato.
|1||Mikko Hirvonen||4:40.4||0.0||106.31 km/h||3|
|2||Sébastien Loeb||4:42.5||+2.1||105.52 km/h||2|
|3||Petter Solberg||4:42.5||+2.1||105.52 km/h||1|
Standings after the rally
- "Itineraries" (PDF). World Rally Championship. Rally Mexico; International Sportsworld Communicators. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- "Loeb wins in Mexico". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 6 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "Hirvonen takes Power Stage win". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 6 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Beer, Matt (6 March 2011). "Al-Attiyah excluded from S2000 win". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 7 March 2011.