Rally Mexico 2006: Preview
The World Rally Championship returned to North America in 2004 after many years of absence. The last WRC event to take place on that continent was the 1988 Olympus Rally in the United States.
The WRC contenders returned to the "new continent"
but this time in Mexico. That event was created in 1979 as the Rally America. The race was part of the World Rally Championship for the first time in 2004, under the name Rally Mexico. The event changed a lot throughout the years. Since 1992, the rally took a more conventional format, leaning towards a style that is closer to the standards of World Rally events.
The event was centred around Mexico City until 1997 and then for logistical reasons the organisers decided to move the race to Leon. The rally is now organised around that city.
The stages are known to be fast and the road generally wide with some narrow and twisty sections as well. The Rally Mexico is a varied race, with many types of gravel surfaces. Some parts are very rough and most of the roads are difficult, particularly around the mountain crests.
Last year, Petter Solberg took the victory in front of two Peugeot drivers, Marcus Gronholm
and Markko Martin.
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