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2006 Rally Mexico news 2005-10-10

2006 CORONA RALLY MEXICO... THE SAME BUT BETTER AGAIN! Corona Rally Mexico - the third round of the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship and round two of the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (subject to final FIA confirmation) - will...

2006 CORONA RALLY MEXICO... THE SAME BUT BETTER AGAIN!

Corona Rally Mexico - the third round of the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship and round two of the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (subject to final FIA confirmation) - will once again be hosted in the State of Guanajuato and will run from 3-5 March with the emphasis firmly placed on further enhancing its successful format. As such, the route through the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains remains as good as unchanged. However, the Leon-based event will feature a new and spectacular stage on the outskirts of the city. The 'Corona Extra Super Special' will be hosted at the Leon Race Track and will run on Friday and Saturday evening, and as the event's grand finale on Sunday morning.

"Aside from the super special, the most important aspect is that Corona Rally Mexico will remain virtually the same for 2006," said Rally Director Patrick Suberville. "The route worked very well this year, it had good sporting interest and enabled us to create a greater number of spectator areas with independent access. Running the same format next year allows us to build on those strengths and place even greater emphasis on refining other areas.

"A super special stage is something we have considered carefully over the last couple of years and now is the right time to take that step," added Suberville. "Rallying has grown enormously in Mexico and we have the potential to bring high-speed action to the doorstep of more than 15,000 Leon residents. The WRC now has the highest TV rating of all motor sport in Mexico, including Formula One and Cart, where there are even regular Mexican drivers; that is some achievement for us and the spectacle the sport continues to deliver."

With the inclusion of the super special stages, Corona Rally Mexico's provisional itinerary now takes in 17 stages over a total distance of 1,008.09 kilometers. With 359.89 kilometers of competition - 36% of the total distance - the route remains compact and never strays further than 50 kilometers from the Poliforum, rally headquarters for the third consecutive year.

The start of Corona Rally Mexico, on Thursday 2 March, will once again be marked by its spectacular opening ceremony in the extraordinary City of Guanajuato, where tens of thousands of fans cram the narrow streets to cheer on their new heroes. The opening leg on Friday 3 March remains exactly the same as 2005, albeit each of the three stages - run twice - is marginally shorter. It is however rounded off by the first run through the dual lane, mixed surface super special stage at the Leon Race Track. The leg remains the longest of the event and takes in the highest stage in the series (Guanajuato - formerly named La Esperanza - at 2,737 meters).

Saturday's stages take the crews over another two identical loops of three stages before returning to the 4.4 kilometer 'Corona Extra Super Special', while the only change to the final leg is that the longest stage of the rally (Leon - formerly named Alfaro - at 38.22 kilometers) will run as the first of two mountain stages before the climax of the event back at the Leon Race Track. In total, the 2006 Corona Rally Mexico takes in 17 stages and 359.89 competitive kilometers in a total distance of 1,008.09 kilometers.

-Corona Rally Mexico

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