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Cactus and sombreroOriginally run as Rally America in 1979, Rally Mexico has seen changes along the way. Inititally a national championship rally, event turned into a small-scale emulation of Paris-Dakar with overnight halts in tents. In late 1980's and again mid-1990's rally was not held for several years in running but all changed when rally was again resurrected in 1996. Slowly rally was brought up to international level with ultimate aim for inclusion in the WRC.

Two years later event was moved to Leon where it is based today and after turn of the millenia Rally Mexico gained FIA observatory status and was somewhat unexpectedly included in the championship for 2004.

Character of the rally is not readily apparent and it may take some years before event can be fully classified. From initial reports it seems that Rally Mexico is very peculiar and unique event, a mix of New Zealand and Acropolis. Roads are good and very fast but mixed in places with narrow and rough sections which call for a care and patience from the driver. High altitudes sap power from the engines, just like in Argentina.

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Previous winners
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 2004:   Martin, Markko   Ford Focus RS WRC 03   95.90 km/h 
 2005:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2005   96.60 km/h 
 2006:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   94.97 km/h 
 2007:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   96.24 km/h 
 2008:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   93.15 km/h 
 2010:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   93.64 km/h 
 2011:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   93.84 km/h 
 2012:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   89.44 km/h 
 2013:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   87.58 km/h 
 2014:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   89.64 km/h 
 2015:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   91.24 km/h 
 2016:   Latvala, Jari-Matti   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   90.17 km/h 
 2017:   Meeke, Kris   Citroen C3 WRC   87.85 km/h 
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Dry and barren landscape where only cactus greets rally cars Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
jumping subaru
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Stages are generally smooth and fast gravel Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
high altitude
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Route runs on high altitude, sapping engine power Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Loeb, Sebastien (6)
  Ogier, Sebastien (3)
  Latvala, Jari-Matti (1)
  Martin, Markko (1)
  Meeke, Kris (1)
  Solberg, Petter (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Citroen (7)
  Volkswagen (4)
  Ford (1)
  Subaru (1)
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