|2018 Rally Mexico|
15. Rally Guanajuato Mexico
|Round 3 of 13 in the 2018 World Rally Championship|
|Rally base||León, Guanajuato|
|Dates run||8 – 11 March 2018|
|Start location||Street Stage GTO, Guanajuato|
|Finish location||Las Minas, Guanajuato|
|Stages||22 (344.49 km; 214.06 miles)|
|Transport distance||1,055.88 km (656.09 miles)|
|Overall distance||1,400.37 km (870.15 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Sébastien Ogier|
M-Sport Ford WRT
|WRC-2 winner|| Pontus Tidemand|
|WRC-3 winner||no classified finishers|
|Power stage winner|| Ott Tänak|
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
|Crews||29 at start, 21 at finish|
The 2018 Rally Mexico (formally known as the Rally Guanajuato Mexico 2018) was a motor racing event for rally cars that was held over four days between 8 and 11 March 2018. It marked the fifteenth running of Rally Mexico, and was the third round of the 2018 World Rally Championship and its support categories, the WRC-2 and WRC-3 championships. The event was based in the town of León in Guanajuato, and was contested over twenty-two special stages totalling a competitive distance of 344.49 km (214.06 mi).
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle were the defending rally winners. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were the rally winners. Their team, M-Sport Ford WRT, were the manufacturers' winners. The Škoda Motorsport crew of Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson won the World Rally Championship-2 category in a Škoda Fabia R5. In the World Rally Championship-3, there were no classified finishers.
- 1 Background
- 2 Report
- 3 Classification
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Championship standings prior to the event
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul entered the round with a ten-point lead in the World Championship for Drivers and Co-drivers. In the World Championship for Manufacturers, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT held a one-point lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT.
The following crews were entered into the rally. The event was open to crews competing in the World Rally Championship, World Rally Championship-2, and the World Rally Championship-3. The final entry list consisted of eleven World Rally Cars, seven World Rally Championship-2 entries, and one World Rally Championship-3 entry.
Thursday saw Thierry Neuville topped his Hyundai i20 after Kris Meeke took the shakedown. Ott Tänak was second on the timesheets, 1.9 seconds slower than the championship leader's storming run. Defending world champion Sébastien Ogier was third, 2 seconds off the lead. Toyota teammates, Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi, and Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen completed the top six. Last year winner Meeke was seventh overall, followed by Dani Sordo and Elfyn Evans. Nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb finished his first special stage after 2015 with tenth position.
Dani Sordo, who targeted himself for a podium finish, led nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb by 7.2 seconds after two days. Both drivers benefited from low start positions in the sweltering mountain speed tests above León. Ott Tänak, 11 seconds off the pace in third, drove around overheating problems in his Toyota Yaris, ahead of last year winner Kris Meeke. Defending world champion Sébastien Ogier limited his losses from second in the start order in fifth place, despite a spin. Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen was sixth, only 1.5 seconds behind the Frenchman. It was a nightmare catastrophe for championship leader Thierry Neuville. The road opener fared worst in the conditions and lost more than 20 seconds due to a fuel pressure problem and a power steering issue in his i20. He placed seventh overall when Jari-Matti Latvala retired with alternator problems before SS9. Elfyn Evans retired from the rally because of rolling out though he managed to reach the finish line, while teammate Teemu Suninen and Esapekka Lappi retired from the day due to hitting a barrier and crashing respectively. WRC 2 leader Pontus Tidemand, Gus Greensmith and Pedro Heller completed the top ten.
Nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb took an early lead from Dani Sordo, who finished third after the day, until he suffered a front left puncture. The 44-year-old Frenchman conceded almost two and a half minutes when he stopped to change the wheel after hitting a stone in his Citroën C3 and plunged to fifth, while defending world champion Sébastien Ogier took over the lead position with four consecutive stage wins in the afternoon. Teammate Kris Meeke was over half a minute off the pace, second place overall. Ott Tänak's overnight third vanished in the opening stage. The Estonian limped through the second half with a turbo boost problem in his Toyota Yaris and retired soon after, which made Andreas Mikkelsen and championship leader Thierry Neuville climb up to fourth and sixth respectively. WRC 2 leader Pontus Tidemand was seventh, ahead of category second Gus Greensmith. Jari-Matti Latvala returned to the rally after the previous day's alternator-induced retirement. The Toyota leader finished ninth, while Chile's Pedro Heller completed the leaderboard.
Sébastien Ogier sealed his forty-second career victory, despite receiving a 10-second penalty for cutting a chicane. By virtue this win, he recaptured the position of championship leader from Thierry Neuville, who had a terrible weekend and finished sixth overall. Kris Meeke lost second place to Friday leader Dani Sordo after a half roll this morning. Andreas Mikkelsen finished fourth, a further 19.2 seconds behind, after struggling with his i20's handling throughout. Nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb was fifth and took an extra point at the Power Stage. WRC 2 winner Pontus Tidemand finished seventh ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala, who fought back onto the leaderboard after retiring his Toyota Yaris on Friday with alternator problems. WRC 2 drivers Gus Greensmith and Pedro Heller completed the top ten. Ott Tänak finished fourteenth overall, but he took full five points from the Power Stage.
Top ten finishers
The following crews finished the rally in each class's top ten.[b]
Other notable finishers
The following notable crews finished the rally outside top ten.[b]
|11||11||9||Esapekka Lappi||Janne Ferm||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota Yaris WRC||WRC||4:25:05.8||0|
|12||12||3||Teemu Suninen||Mikko Markkula||M-Sport Ford WRT||Ford Fiesta WRC||WRC||4:27:14.3||0|
|14||14||8||Ott Tänak||Martin Järveoja||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota Yaris WRC||WRC||4:56:50.8||5|
|8 March||—||Llano Grande [Shakedown]||5.31 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën C3 WRC||3:41.0||N/A|
|SS1||Street Stage GTO||2.53 km||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2:06.7||Thierry Neuville|
|9 March||SS2||Duarte - Derramadero 1||26.05 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën C3 WRC||17:08.9||Kris Meeke|
|SS3||El Chocolate 1||31.44 km||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||24:05.6||Dani Sordo|
|SS4||Ortega 1||17.23 km||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||9:33.2|
|SS5||Street Stage Léon 1||1.11 km||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta WRC||1:03.7|
|SS6||Duarte - Derramadero 2||26.05 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën C3 WRC||16:56.7|
|SS7||El Chocolate 2||31.44 km||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C3 WRC||23:54.2|
|SS8||Ortega 2||17.23 km|| Ott Tänak
|Toyota Yaris WRC
Citroën C3 WRC
|SS9||SSS Autodromo de Léon 1||2.3 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||1:37.8|
|SS10||SSS Autodromo de Léon 2||2.3 km|| Sébastien Ogier
|Ford Fiesta WRC
Toyota Yaris WRC
|SS11||Guanajuatito 1||30.97 km||Sébastien Loeb||Citroën C3 WRC||20:35.6||Sébastien Loeb|
|SS12||Otates 1||26.37 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën C3 WRC||20:26.9|
|SS13||El Brinco 1||9.98 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||5:29.2|
|SS14||Guanajuatito 2||30.97 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||20:10.1||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS15||Otates 2||26.37 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||20:05.1|
|SS16||El Brinco 2||9.98 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||5:24.6|
|SS17||SSS Autodromo de Léon 3||2.3 km|| Dani Sordo
|Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
Citroën C3 WRC
|SS18||SSS Autodromo de Léon 4||2.3 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën C3 WRC||1:36.6|
|SS19||Street Stage Léon 2||1.11 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||1:02.7|
|SS20||Alfaro||24.32 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||15:23.7|
|SS21||Las Minas 1||11.07 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||6:42.9|
|SS22||Las Minas 2 [Power stage]||11.07 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||6:33.1|
|World Rally Championship-2|
|8 March||—||Llano Grande [Shakedown]||5.31 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||3:51.9||N/A|
|SS1||Street Stage GTO||2.53 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||2:11.6||Pontus Tidemand|
|9 March||SS2||Duarte - Derramadero 1||26.05 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||17:52.9|
|SS3||El Chocolate 1||31.44 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||25:10.4|
|SS4||Ortega 1||17.23 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||10:09.2|
|SS5||Street Stage Leon 1||1.11 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||1:05.5|
|SS6||Duarte - Derramadero 2||26.05 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||17:55.3|
|SS7||El Chocolate 2||31.44 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||25:08.6|
|SS8||Ortega 2||17.23 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||10:01.6|
|SS9||SSS Autodromo de Léon 1||2.3 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||1:43.3|
|SS10||SSS Autodromo de Léon 2||2.3 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||1:42.6|
|SS11||Guanajuatito 1||30.97 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||21:27.7|
|SS12||Otates 1||26.37 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||21:12.6|
|SS13||El Brinco 1||9.98 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||5:46.4|
|SS14||Guanajuatito 2||30.97 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||21:13.9|
|SS15||Otates 2||26.37 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||21:03.2|
|SS16||El Brinco 2||9.98 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||5:44.1|
|SS17||SSS Autodromo de Léon 3||2.3 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||1:41.9|
|SS18||SSS Autodromo de Léon 4||2.3 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||1:41.6|
|SS19||Street Stage Léon 2||1.11 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||1:05.1|
|SS20||Alfaro||24.32 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||16:05.1|
|SS21||Las Minas 1||11.07 km||Pontus Tidemand||Škoda Fabia R5||7:03.6|
|SS22||Las Minas 2||11.07 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||6:52.3|
|World Rally Championship-3|
|8 March||—||Llano Grande [Shakedown]||5.31 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||5:19.5||N/A|
|SS1||Street Stage GTO||2.53 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||2:38.6||Tom Williams|
|9 March||SS2||Duarte - Derramadero 1||26.05 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||22:47.6|
|SS3||El Chocolate 1||31.44 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||30:36.7|
|SS4||Ortega 1||17.23 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||12:21.2|
|SS5||Street Stage Leon 1||1.11 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||1:17.8|
|SS6||Duarte - Derramadero 2||26.05 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||29:47.6|
|SS7||El Chocolate 2||31.44 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||37:36.7|
|SS8||Ortega 2||17.23 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||19:21.2|
|SS9||SSS Autodromo de Léon 1||2.3 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||9:12.4|
|SS10||SSS Autodromo de Léon 2||2.3 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||9:03.8|
|SS11||Guanajuatito 1||30.97 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||26:16.9|
|SS12||Otates 1||26.37 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||25:26.1|
|SS13||El Brinco 1||9.98 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||7:06.4|
|SS14||Guanajuatito 2||30.97 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||26:26.9|
|SS15||Otates 2||26.37 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||25:29.4|
|SS16||El Brinco 2||9.98 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||6:56.2|
|SS17||SSS Autodromo de Léon 3||2.3 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||2:02.5|
|SS18||SSS Autodromo de Léon 4||2.3 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||2:01.1|
|SS19||Street Stage Léon 2||1.11 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||2:41.2|
|SS20||Alfaro||24.32 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||21:26.2|
|SS21||Las Minas 1||11.07 km||Tom Williams||Ford Fiesta R2T||35:35.1|
|SS22||Las Minas 2||11.07 km||No stage-winner||N/A||No leader|
The Power stage was an 11.07 km stage at the end of the rally. Additional World Championship points were awarded to the five fastest crews.
|1||Ott Tänak||Martin Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||6:33.1||0.0||5|
|2[c]||Jari-Matti Latvala||Miikka Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||6:34.4||+1.3||4|
|3||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||6:34.5||+1.4||3|
|4||Andreas Mikkelsen||Anders Jæger-Synnevaag||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||6:36.0||+2.9||2|
|5||Sébastien Loeb||Daniel Elena||Citroën C3 WRC||6:38.9||+5.8||1|
The following notable crews were given time penalty during the rally.[b]
|SS13||35||Marco Bulacia Wilkinson||Fernando Mussano||Marco Bulacia Wilkinson||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||6 minutes late||1:00|
|SS22||1||Sébastien Ogier||Julien Ingrassia||M-Sport Ford WRT||Ford Fiesta WRC||WRC||Cutting a chicane||0:10|
|SS22||5||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||WRC||25 minutes late||4:10|
|SS22||8||Ott Tänak||Martin Järveoja||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota Yaris WRC||WRC||27 minutes late||4:30|
The following notable crews retired from the event.[b] Under Rally2 regulations, they were eligible to re-enter the event starting from the next leg. Crews that re-entered were given an additional time penalty.
Championship standings after the rally
Manufacturers' and teams' championships
- Benito Guerra did not start due to his car being destroyed by a fire in testing prior to the rally.
- Only crews contesting the World Rally Championship, World Rally Championship-2 and World Rally Championship-3 are listed.
- Sebastien Ogier originally finished the Power Stage in second place, but received a 10-second penalty for cutting a chicane.
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