2006 Rally México

The 20º Corona Rally México, the third round of the 2006 World Rally Championship season took place from March 3–5, 2006.

2006 Rally México
20º Corona Rally México
Round 3 of the 2006 World Rally Championship
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View of Guanajuato from hill.jpg
A view of Guanajuato, home to two stages of Rally Mexico
Host country Mexico
Rally baseLeon
Dates runMarch 3 – 5 2006
Stages17 (359.54 km; 223.41 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel
Overall distance1,002.47 km (622.91 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
Belgium Kronos Total Citroën WRT
Crews39 at start, 34 at finish

EventEdit

The event saw the first win of the season for Sébastien Loeb. After a spirited battle with Petter Solberg over the first two days - that saw both drivers suffering problems(Loeb losing power steering on stage 13 and Solberg's Subaru colliding with a dog)[1] - Loeb eventually pulled clear to give the Belgian Kronos team their first WRC victory. Marcus Grönholm had a less successful event, suffering a crash on day one[2] and having to rejoin the rally on day two under Superally rules. Despite a twenty-minute penalty, he managed to pick up a point for eighth place. Manfred Stohl collected the final podium place with his Peugeot 307.[3]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC 3:47:08.8 0.0 10
2.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 3:47:57.7 48.9 8
3.   Manfred Stohl   Ilka Minor Peugeot 307 WRC 3:51:47.9 4:39.1 6
4.   Dani Sordo   Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC 3:52:36.5 5:27.7 5
5.   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud Peugeot 307 WRC 3:59:44.2 12:35.4 4
6.   Gareth MacHale   Paul Nagle Ford Focus RS WRC 04 4:03:11.1 16:02.3 3
7.   Chris Atkinson   Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza WRC2006 4:07:48.3 20:39.5 2
8.   Marcus Grönholm   Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 4:08:53.0 21:44.2 1
PCWRC
1.(9.)   Toshi Arai   Tony Sircombe Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:09:43.4 0.0 10
2.(10.)   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Chris Patterson Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:10:32.3 48.9 8
3.(11.)   Mirco Baldacci   Giovanni Agnese Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:15:32.6 5:49.2 6
4.(13.)   Leszek Kuzaj   Maciej Szczepaniak Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:19:29.6 9:46.2 5
5.(15.)   Sergey Uspenski   Dmitri Yeremeyev Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:24:30.6 14:47.2 4
6.(17.)   Marcos Ligato   Rubén García Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:32:38.1 22:54.7 3
7.(18.)   Štěpán Vojtěch   Michal Ernst Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 4:35:30.2 25:46.8 2
8.(21.)   Francisco Name   Armando Zapata Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 4:56:54.7 47:11.3 1

RetirementsEdit

Special stagesEdit

All dates and times are CST (UTC-6).

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(3 MAR)
SS1 09:37 Ibarrilla 1 22.40 km   P. Solberg 13:17.3 101.2 km/h   P. Solberg
SS2 11:00 Guanajuato 1 28.87 km   P. Solberg 16:56.4 102.3 km/h
SS3 11:51 El Cubilete 1 21.61 km   P. Solberg 12:06.8 107.0 km/h
SS4 14:28 Ibarrilla 2 22.40 km   P. Solberg 13:17.0 101.2 km/h
SS5 15:51 Guanajuato 2 28.87 km   S. Loeb 16:33.9 104.6 km/h
SS6 16:42 El Cubilete 2 21.61 km   S. Loeb 11:45.4 110.3 km/h
SS7 19:17 Nextel Superspecial 1 4.42 km   M. Stohl 3:21.6 78.9 km/h
2
(4 MAR)
SS8 10:08 El Zauco 1 25.22 km   S. Loeb 16:30.4 91.7 km/h   S. Loeb
SS9 11:26 Duarte 1 23.75 km   P. Solberg 18:07.4 78.6 km/h   P. Solberg
SS10 12:17 Derramadero 1 23.27 km   S. Loeb 14:03.6 99.3 km/h
SS11 15:10 El Zauco 2 25.22 km   S. Loeb 16:21.4 92.6 km/h
SS12 16:28 Duarte 2 23.75 km   S. Loeb 17:44.0 80.4 km/h   S. Loeb
SS13 17:19 Derramadero 2 23.27 km   S. Loeb 13:50.1 100.9 km/h
SS14 19:49 Nextel Superspecial 2 4.42 km   S. Loeb 3:21.7 78.9 km/h
3
(5 MAR)
SS15 08:28 Leon 37.99 km   S. Loeb 25:32.1 89.3 km/h
SS16 10:11 Silao 18.01 km   P. Solberg 10:20.8 104.4 km/h
SS17 11:26 Nextel Superspecial 3 4.42 km   M. Stohl 3:17.0 80.8 km/h

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
GER
 
FIN
 
JPN
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
AUS
 
NZL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 2 2 1 26
2   Marcus Grönholm 1 1 8 21
3   Manfred Stohl 4 18 3 11
4   Petter Solberg Ret Ret 2 8
5   Toni Gardemeister 3 6
  Daniel Carlsson 3 6
  Dani Sordo 8 16 4 6
8   Gigi Galli Ret 4 5
  Henning Solberg Ret 8 5 5
  Chris Atkinson 6 11 7 5
11   Stéphane Sarrazin 5 4
  Thomas Rådström 5 4
13   Kosti Katajamäki 6 3
  Gareth MacHale 16 6 3
15   Mikko Hirvonen 7 12 14 2
  Xavier Pons 9 7 Ret 2
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
GER
 
FIN
 
JPN
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
AUS
 
NZL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
GER
 
FIN
 
JPN
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
AUS
 
NZL
 
GBR
 
1 Kronos Total Citroën WRT 11 13 10 34
2 BP Ford World Rally Team 14 12 4 30
3 OMV-Peugeot Norway 6 4 11 21
4 Subaru World Rally Team 5 3 12 20
5 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team 0 7 2 9
6 Red Bull-Škoda Team 3 0 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Loeb leads from Solberg in Mexico". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
  2. ^ "Solberg sets early pace in Mexico". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-04. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
  3. ^ "Loeb holds on for Mexico success". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2008-05-10.

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