Mexican Manpower... The manpower behind Corona Rally Mexico and the co-ordination of activities and personnel is enormous and it is little wonder that an FIA World Rally Championship event takes nearly a year to organise. The work ...
The manpower behind Corona Rally Mexico and the co-ordination of activities and personnel is enormous and it is little wonder that an FIA World Rally Championship event takes nearly a year to organise.
The work undertaken on the route itself is a mammoth task, not least of which because it has to be condensed into the months following the summer rains between April and October. Control and management of this immense job comes from the highest level at the State Government of Guanajuato and, this year, no fewer than six companies were deployed to re-grade the roads and re-open previously impassable routes. As importantly, the work being undertaken in the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains is directly benefiting the local inhabitants, who now have new routes and essential amenities in their mountain villages, schools and churches.
Nearly 3,500 people are involved in the smooth-running of Corona Rally Mexico and the level of co-ordination between all parties is second to none. Since December, regular weekly training sessions have taken place with stage commanders, safety, timing and police personnel, and the event itself will even be simulated at the end of this month.
In total, no fewer than 1,535 safety personnel will marshal the 355.97 competitive kilometer route under the supervision of 50 stage officials. A further 158 timing marshals will man the controls. Police officials numbering 1,660 will assist with security, traffic and spectator management, an area where the Corona Rally Mexico organiser expects a marked increase this year. So much so, a package has been developed solely for spectators on motorcycles. Last year, bikes proved the easiest means of getting around the route and, to further enhance security, the organiser has created a dedicated road book for registered two-wheeled spectators.
Thirty paramedics and nine specialist doctors - nearly one per crew entered - will be on hand to attend to everyone's welfare, and a permanent medical centre has also been established in Rally Headquarters. In addition to the Red Cross and state civil guards who will be taking care of spectators, no fewer than 42 rescue and recovery vehicles will also be available to the crews, assuring a high level of security.
Corona Rally Mexico, round three of the FIA World Rally Championship and the second event in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship, is hosted in Leon, Guanajuato, between 11-13 March.