2008 Rally México

The 2008 Rally México, officially 22º Corona Rally México, was the third round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The rally was held on February 29 — March 2 and began with a ceremonial start on Thursday, February 28. It was the first gravel event of the season and also the opening round of the Junior World Rally Championship this season.[1]

2008 Rally México
22º Corona Rally México
Round 3 of the 2008 World Rally Championship
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Sierra madre mountains by mexikids.jpg
Sierra Madre mountains in México.
Host country Mexico
Rally baseLeón, México
Dates runFebruary 29 – March 2, 2008
Stages20 (353.75 km; 219.81 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel
Overall distance830.83 km (516.25 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën-Total World Rally Team
Crews39 at start, 29 at finish

The eventEdit

The rally consisted of 20 special stages, one of which was cancelled due to safety reasons, as there were too many spectators gathered around the road.[2] Also five of the stages were Super Special Stages. Some of the sections were placed as high as 2700 meters over sea level, causing significant engine power loss due to lower air pressure.[1]

 
Sebastien Ogier's Citroën C2 S1600 parked in the service area.

The event was won by the previous edition's winner, Sébastien Loeb. Before the rally there was some controversy with Citroën Team changing the engine in his car after a major malfunction during the shakedown,[3] but the team reverted to the original unit and avoided a five minutes penalty.[4] The first rally leader was Jari-Matti Latvala, but after having to be the opening driver on the second day's stages and suffering from the broken intercooler pipe, causing the turbo to overheat and break, he dropped to third.[5] Subaru's Chris Atkinson finished second after constant pace placing him in the top eight on every stage, achieving the best result in his career so far. Fourth overall was Mikko Hirvonen who lost large amounts of time after a few punctures and having to change a wheel in his Ford Focus RS WRC 07.[6] Henning Solberg lost his battle for fourth with Hirvonen and had to settle for fifth after damaging his damper.[7] The rest of pointing drivers were Matthew Wilson, Federico Villagra, both in Focuses 2007 spec and privateer Ricardo Triviño driving a Peugeot 206 WRC. Petter Solberg managed to score the last point in Manufacturers' Championship, even though having to restart under SupeRally format after having mechanical problems with the front left driveshaft in his Subaru Impreza WRC2007 on SS10.[8] Citroën's number two, Daniel Sordo, came back into the fight after breaking the suspension in his C4 WRC and retiring too,[9] but even though he won 3 stages overall, he wasn't able to regain the penalty he was given.

Suzuki drivers suffered from mechanical problems during the first day and both Toni Gardemeister and Per-Gunnar Andersson had to retire from the rally for good.[10][11] Also Stobart's Gigi Galli wasn't able to finish the event - the Italian had to retire from top-eight position after breaking the suspension in his Ford Focus.[12]

The top eight was followed by the JWRC podium - Frenchman Sebastien Ogier in Citroën C2 S1600, Estonian Jaan Mölder and Pole Michał Kościuszko, both in Suzuki Swifts S1600.

Result changeEdit

Mexican Ricardo Triviño was disqualified during the second day of the event for using non-homologated driving gloves; he was able to complete the rally after deciding to appeal his case to higher jurisdiction. His request was later rejected and Triviño was excluded from the event, which resulted in Sebastien Ogier, WRC debutant, to score one point in drivers' championship.[13] It was the first time in World Rally history that JWRC driver driving Super 1600 front-wheel drive rally car scored points in overall classification.[14]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:33:29.9 10
2.   Chris Atkinson   Stéphane Prévot Subaru Impreza WRC2007 3:34:36.0 1:06.1 8
3.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:35:09.6 1:39.7 6
4.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:37:08.6 3:38.7 5
5.   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:38:27.8 4:57.9 4
6.   Matthew Wilson   Michael Orr Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:39:58.8 6:28.9 3
7.   Federico Villagra   Jorge Perez Companc Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:52:32.9 19:03.0 2
DSQ a   Ricardo Triviño   Sergio Salom Peugeot 206 WRC 3:54:47.2 21:17.3 1
8.   Sebastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Citroën C2 S1600 3:58:54.8 25:24.9 1
^ Ricardo Triviño was disqualified for wearing non-homologated driving gloves.[13]
JWRC
1. (8.)   Sebastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Citroën C2 S1600 3:58:54.8 10
2. (9.)   Jaan Mölder   Frederic Miclotte Suzuki Swift S1600 4:00:26.7 1:31.9 8
3. (10.)   Michał Kościuszko   Maciej Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 4:02:00.0 3:05.2 6
4. (12.)   Aaron Burkart   Michael Kölbach Citroën C2 S1600 4:04:56.6 6:01.8 5
5. (13.)   Patrik Sandell   Emil Axelsson Renault Clio S1600 4:06:40.5 7:45.7 4
6. (19.)   Shaun Gallagher   Clive Jenkins Citroën C2 S1600 4:14:16.0 15:21.2 3
7. (22.)   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 4:48:43.2 49:48.4 2
8. (23.)   Francesco Fanari   Massimiliano Bosi Citroën C2 S1600 4:51:28.8 52:34.0 1

Special stagesEdit

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

Day Stage Time[A] Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(29 FEB)
SS1 08:28 Alfaro 1 22.96 km   J. Latvala 14:14.6 96.7 km/h   J. Latvala
SS2 09:51 Ortega 1 23.83 km   S. Loeb 14:11.8 100.7 km/h
SS3 10:39 El Cubilete 1 18.87 km   S. Loeb 11:51.5 95.5 km/h
SS4 13:02 Alfaro 2 22.96 km   P. Solberg 14:02.5 98.1 km/h
SS5 14:25 Ortega 2 23.83 km   J. Latvala 14:00.1 102.1 km/h
SS6 15:13 El Cubilete 2 18.87 km   J. Latvala 11:45.5 96.3 km/h
SS7 16:33 Super Special 1 2.21 km   P. Solberg 1:41.7 78.2 km/h
SS8 16:38 Super Special 2 2.21 km   S. Loeb 1:42.0 78.0 km/h
2
(1 MAR)
SS9 08:24 Ibarilla 1 29.90 km   S. Loeb 18:35.7 96.5 km/h
SS10 09:47 Duarte 1 23.27 km   S. Loeb 18:19.6 76.2 km/h   S. Loeb
SS11 10:38 Derramadero 1 23.28 km   D. Sordo 14:04.6 99.2 km/h
SS12 13:12 Ibarilla 2 29.90 km   S. Loeb 18:21.0 97.8 km/h
SS13 14:35 Duarte 2 23.27 km   D. Sordo 17:56.2 77.8 km/h
SS14 15:26 Derramadero 2 23.28 km   H. Solberg 13:52.9 100.6 km/h
SS15 16:41 Super Special 3 2.21 km   S. Loeb
  H. Solberg
1:41.9 78.1 km/h
SS16 16:46 Super Special 4 2.21 km   C. Atkinson
  S. Loeb
1:40.8 78.9 km/h
3
(2 MAR)
SS17 08:28 Leon 16.09 km   J. Latvala 10:43.3 90.0 km/h
SS18 08:56 Guanajuatito 22.30 km Cancelled [2]
SS19 10:19 Comanjilla 17.88 km   M. Hirvonen 10:12.7 105.1 km/h
SS20 11:34 Super Special 5 4.42 km   D. Sordo 3:19.3 79.8 km/h

Footnotes

  • ^ all times local

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Mikko Hirvonen 2 2 4 21
2   Sébastien Loeb 1 Ret. 1 20
3   Jari-Matti Latvala 12 1 3 16
4   Chris Atkinson 3 21 2 14
5   Gigi Galli 6 3 Ret. 9
  Petter Solberg 5 4 12 9
7   François Duval 4 5
8   Henning Solberg 9 13 5 4
  Andreas Mikkelsen 5 4
10   Dani Sordo 11 6 17 3
  Matthew Wilson 10 Ret. 6 3
12   Jean-Marie Cuoq 7 2
  Toni Gardemeister Ret. 7 Ret. 2
  Federico Villagra 7 2
15   Per-Gunnar Andersson 8 Ret. Ret. 1
  Juho Hänninen 8 1
  Sebastien Ogier 8 1
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
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 Driver Event Total
points
MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
1   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 18 11 - - - - - - - - - - - - 37
2   Subaru World Rally Team 10 6 9 - - - - - - - - - - - - 25
  Citroën Total World Rally Team 11 4 10 - - - - - - - - - - - - 25
4   Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - 19
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 6
6   Suzuki World Rally Team 2 3 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 5

Junior championshipEdit

 
Junior world champion Sébastien Ogier competing in a Citroën C2 S1600 at the 2008 Rallye Deutschland.
Pos Driver MEX
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
FIN
 
GER
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Ogier 1 10
2   Jaan Mölder 2 8
3   Michał Kościuszko 3 6
4   Aaron Burkart 4 5
5   Patrik Sandell 5 4
6   Shaun Gallagher 6 3
7   Martin Prokop 7 2
8   Francesco Fanari 8 1
Pos Driver MEX
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
FIN
 
GER
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
Pts

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Preview: Rally Mexico - Pt. 1". Crash.net. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  2. ^ a b "Rally Mexico: SS18 - cancelled". Crash.net. 2008-03-02. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  3. ^ "Loeb hit by engine problems". Crash.net. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  4. ^ "Loeb reverts to original engine, avoids penalty". Crash.net. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  5. ^ "Latvala out to 'save' his podium". Crash.net. 2008-03-02. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  6. ^ "Rally reactions: Rally Mexico - Day 2". Crash.net. 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  7. ^ "Rally Mexico 2008 results - SS20 - drivers comments". ewrc-results.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  8. ^ "NEWS FLASH: Petter out". Crash.net. 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  9. ^ "Official: Sordo to re-start". Crash.net. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  10. ^ "NEWS FLASH: P-G retires". Crash.net. 2008-02-29. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  11. ^ "NEWS FLASH: Galli, Gardemeister join retirees". Crash.net. 2008-02-29. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  12. ^ "Galli 'very disappointed' to retire". Crash.net. 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  13. ^ a b "Rally Mexico result revised". Crash.net. 2008-03-20. Archived from the original on 23 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  14. ^ "Amended Mexico result makes Ogier a record breaker". www.WRC.com. 2008-03-20. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-21.

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