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
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Host country Mexico
Rally baseLeón, Mexico
Dates runMarch 9 – 11 2007
Stages20 (366.06 km; 227.46 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel
Overall distance849.55 km (527.89 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews47 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.[1] After the first day, Ford identified and fixed a sensory fault in Grönholm's car.[2] The problem had caused lack of engine power and troubled the Finn: "In the morning, I was sweeping. In the afternoon, I was sleeping".[3] 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.[4]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:48:13.3 0.0 10
2.   Marcus Grönholm   Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:49:09.1 55.8 8
3.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:49:41.0 1:27.7 6
4.   Daniel Sordo   Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:49:57.0 1:43.7 5
5.   Chris Atkinson   Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza WRC 07 3:50:37.4 2:24.1 4
6.  Manfred Stohl   Ilka Minor Citroën Xsara WRC 3:51:58.8 3:45.5 3
7.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:52:24.1 4:10.8 2
8.   Matthew Wilson   Michael Orr Ford Focus RS WRC 06 4:00:35.9 12:22.6 1
PCWRC
1. (10.)   Mark Higgins   Scott Martin Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:08:44.5 0.0 10
2. (11.)   Toshi Arai   Tony Sircombe Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:10:05.4 1:20.9 8
3. (13.)   Kristian Sohlberg   Risto Pietiläinen Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:11:15.2 2:30.7 6
4. (14.)   Mirco Baldacci   Giovanni Agnese Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:12:51.9 4:07.4 5
5. (15.)   Travis Pastrana   Christian Edstrom Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:16:53.2 8:08.7 4
6. (16.)   Štěpán Vojtěch   Michal Ernst Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:25:43.3 [1] 16:58.8 3
7. (18.)   Fumio Nutahara   Daniel Barritt Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:26:02.5 17:18.0 2
8. (20.)   Spyros Pavlides   Denis Giraudet Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:34:23.7 25:39.2 1
[1] — Drivers using SupeRally

RetirementsEdit

Special StagesEdit

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

Leg Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(9 Mar)
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
2
(10 Mar)
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
3
(11 Mar)
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

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
NOR
 
MEX
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
IRL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Marcus Grönholm 3 1 2 2 32
2   Sébastien Loeb 1 2 14 1 28
3   Mikko Hirvonen 5 3 1 3 26
4   Dani Sordo 2 12 25 4 13
5   Henning Solberg 14 4 3 9 11
6   Chris Atkinson 4 8 19 5 10
7   Petter Solberg 6 Ret 4 Ret 8
8   Daniel Carlsson 5 7 6
  Jari-Matti Latvala Ret Ret 5 7 6
10   Toni Gardemeister 7 6 Ret 5
  Manfred Stohl 10 7 12 6 5
12   Gigi Galli 13 6 3
13   Jan Kopecký 8 10 8 2
14   Matthew Wilson 12 Ret 26 8 1
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
NOR
 
MEX
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
IRL
 
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
 
NOR
 
MEX
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
IRL
 
GBR
 
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
5 OMV Kronos 2 7 5 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - 17
6 Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Solberg loses lead in Mexico". Autosport. Archived from the original on 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  2. ^ "Ford identify sensor fault". Autosport. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  3. ^ "Loeb makes most of Solberg slip". RTÉ. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  4. ^ "Loeb wins in Mexico". Eurosport. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.

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