Rally Fiesta in Guanajuato - Acclaimed Rally Start For Volkswagen In Mexico
Fireworks and full throttle celebration in Guanajuato: Volkswagen experienced an emotional start to the Rally Mexico in front of thousands of celebrating fans. In the silver mine city of Guanajuato, which is a World Heritage Site, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) in the Polo R WRC were the highlights of the night of rally nights.
On the two spectator stages – the world-famous "Street Stage Guanajuato" and the special stage completed twice at the Autodromo just outside Léon –Ogier/Ingrassia pushed Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai) and their Volkswagen team-mates Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Jæger into positions two to four.
The first real challenge comes today (Friday) with the classic stage "El Chocolate". Here, after a long ascent of 45.6 kilometres, the World Rally Cars reach the "roof" of the WRC at 2746 metres above sea level - a real test for man and machine.
Quotes, day 01 Mexico
And then there was ...
... a cake. It was presented to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia by the Volkswagen team to celebrate their 100th start in the World Rally Championship. And even though Motorsport Director Jost Capito made reference to the perfect size of the cake that would easily have had room for two faces next to each other, the dessert didn't end up there. Instead, it was shared out among all of the team members and quickly devoured. Incidentally, there won't be another cake for this occasion in the Volkswagen rally team before the seventh event of the season in 2018, when Andreas Mikkelsen could celebrate his 100th WRC start.
Provisional result after day one of the Rally Mexico