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Old 03-10-2004, 23:49   #1 (permalink)
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The Rally of Mexico is new to the WRC calendar, and will pose many new challenges in addition to the normal ones faced by WRC teams.

Here is a quick run down on the rally:

Stages
There are 15 competitive stages covering 394.43kms over three days: 4 on day one, 6 on day two, and the remaining 5 on day three.

Challenge altitude
The big unknown for many teams is the altitude of the WRC-run in Mexico. Altitudes between 2000 and 3000 metres above the sea require a completely new set-up for the engines.

New tyre regulations
Many questions concern tyre-related matters following the recent introduction of important changes to the technical regulations: the imposition of a maximum tyre quota for drivers, a new tyre nomination procedure at service halts as well as the usual unknowns concerning the terrain itself.

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Martin / Park
Duval / Prevot
Warmbold / Price



Information and pictures from Rally-Live.com.

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What eles to say except GO MARKKO!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah good luck to the mighty blue oval!
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Rally Update

Leg One

Solberg Bitter Sweet: A pleasant change of pace for Solberg as his Impreza fought for the lead, sharing stage wins and the rally lead until the end of the day where the Subaru would not re-start at the check point, incurring a heart breaking five minute penalty and dropping him out of the order.

Citroen stamped their authority on the rally with Loeb in the lead, and Sainz finishing the leg in third place.

Macros Gronholm is second in his Peugeot, and Markko Martin finished fourth after stage 4 in his Ford Focus. Duval finished the day sixth in the second of the Focus World Rally Cars.

Leg Two - Focus takes the lead!

Markko Martin was the big mover of the day, taking control of the rally by the horns. A sour twist to a great day, he received a ten second penalty for late arrival at the last service park, but his lead over Carlos Sainz is still 15 seconds.

Francois Duval also did well making his way to second overall, but dropping to third on the last stage of the day, less than four seconds behind second man Sainz.

Sebastian Loeb will not win a third rally in a row, after he hit a rock and damaged the sump on his Xsara WRC and into retirment.

Petter Solberg won every stage on day two, lifting him from 13th overall to fifth, although he is still over 3 and a half minutes behind the leaders. The other Subaru of Hirvonen is in fourth.

It was a day for Peugeot to forget, with both cars in the top five at the end of stage one, dropping to 6th (Gronholm) and 16th (Rovanpera) due to power steering problems and bent steering arms.

Overall Standings

1. 7 MARTIN-PARK Ford Focus
2. 4 SAINZ-MARTI Citroen Xsara + 00'14"50
3. 8 DUVAL-PREVOT Ford Focus + 00'18"10
4. 2 HIRVONEN-LEHTIN Subaru Impreza + 02'40"80
5. 1 SOLBERG-MILLS Subaru Impreza + 03'41"70
6. 5 GRONHOLM-RAUTIA Peugeot 307 + 04'24"50
7. 12 VALIMAKI-HONKAN Hyundai Accent + 06'52"90
8. 9 PANIZZI-PANIZZI Mitsubishi Lancer + 09'05"10
9. 11 WARMBOLD-PRICE Ford Focus + 09'19"20



Pictures and facts from Rally-Live.com

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