2007 Rally México
The 21º Corona Rally México, the fourth round of the 2007 World Rally Championship season, took place between March 9–11 2007. The rally consisted of 20 special stages, of which five were super specials. The event was won by Citroën's Sébastien Loeb, followed by Ford drivers Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen.
|2007 Rally México|
21º Corona Rally México
|Round 4 of the 2007 World Rally Championship|
|Rally base||León, Mexico|
|Dates run||March 9 – 11 2007|
|Stages||20 (366.06 km; 227.46 miles)|
|Overall distance||849.55 km (527.89 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Sébastien Loeb|
Citroën Total World Rally Team
|Crews||47 at start, 36 at finish|
The drivers' championship leaders, Grönholm and Hirvonen, were the first drivers on road and lost time as they had to sweep the loose gravel. They were followed by Loeb, who was able to keep close to Subaru's Petter Solberg, who benefited from his better starting position during the first three stages. However, Solberg, in the new Subaru Impreza WRC 07, had to retire at the start of SS6 giving the lead to Loeb. After the first day, Ford identified and fixed a sensory fault in Grönholm's car. The problem had caused lack of engine power and troubled the Finn: "In the morning, I was sweeping. In the afternoon, I was sleeping". The second leg saw Grönholm quickly climb to second place, but Loeb continued setting top times and extended his lead to Grönholm from 43 to 60 seconds. Hirvonen, Chris Atkinson and Dani Sordo battled for the third place. Hirvonen was the fastest driver on the final day and secured the last podium position, ahead of Sordo, Atkinson, Manfred Stohl, Jari-Matti Latvala and Matthew Wilson. Loeb took the win 55.8 seconds clear of Grönholm.
|Leg||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||08:28||Alfaro 1||23.50 km||P. Solberg||14:03.5||100.3 km/h||P. Solberg|
|SS2||09:51||Ortega 1||29.65 km||P. Solberg||17:28.7||101.78 km/h|
|SS3||10:34||El Cubilete 1||17.87 km||P. Solberg||9:45.6||109.86 km/h|
|SS4||13:02||Alfaro 2||23.50 km||S. Loeb||13:47.0||102.3 km/h|
|SS5||14:25||Ortega 2||29.65 km||M. Stohl||16:58.2||104.83 km/h|
|SS6||15:08||El Cubilete 2||17.87 km||S. Loeb||9:37.5||111.4 km/h||S. Loeb|
|SS7||16:29||Super Special 1||2.21 km||M. Grönholm||1:42.6||77.54 km/h|
|SS8||16:33||Super Special 2||2.21 km||C. Atkinson||1:42.0||78.0 km/h|
|SS9||08:19||Ibarilla 1||30.20 km||S. Loeb||18:17.3||99.08 km/h|
|SS10||09:42||Duarte 1||23.51 km||S. Loeb||17:55.0||78.73 km/h|
|SS11||10:33||Derramadero 1||23.27 km||M. Grönholm||14:01.6||99.54 km/h|
|SS12||13:07||Ibarilla 2||30.20 km||S. Loeb||18:02.6||100.42 km/h|
|SS13||14:30||Duarte 2||23.51 km||M. Grönholm||17:32.2||80.48 km/h|
|SS14||15:21||Derramadero 2||23.27 km||S. Loeb||13:49.4||101.0 km/h|
|SS15||16:35||Super Special 3||2.21 km||D. Sordo||1:44.6||76.06 km/h|
|SS16||16:39||Super Special 4||2.21 km||M. Grönholm||1:43.6||76.8 km/h|
|SS17||08:23||Leon||16.29 km||M. Hirvonen||10:35.8||92.24 km/h|
|SS18||08:54||Guanajuatito||23.34 km||M. Grönholm||15:12.3||92.1 km/h|
|SS19||10:17||Comanjilla||18.10 km||M. Hirvonen||10:17.6||105.51 km/h|
|SS20||11:28||Super Special 5||4.42 km||M. Grönholm||3:23.6||78.15 km/h|
Championship standings after the eventEdit
|1||BP Ford World Rally Team||10||16||18||14||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||58|
|2||Citroën Total World Rally Team||18||9||1||15||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||43|
|3||Stobart VK M-Sport Ford||1||5||10||3||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||19|
|Subaru World Rally Team||8||2||5||4||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||19|
|6||Munchi's Ford World Rally Team||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
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- "Loeb makes most of Solberg slip". RTÉ. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
- "Loeb wins in Mexico". Eurosport. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.