2015 Rally México
The 2015 Rally Guanajuato México was a motor racing event for rally cars that was held over four days between 5 and 8 March 2015. It marked the twenty-ninth running of the Rally Mexico, and was the third round of the 2015 World Rally Championship and WRC-2 seasons.
|2015 Rally México|
29º Rally Guanajuato México
|Round 3 of 13 of the 2015 World Rally Championship|
|Dates run||5 – 8 March 2015|
|Stages||21 (394.21 km; 244.95 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Sébastien Ogier|
|Crews||30 at start, 23 at finish|
For the third year in succession, Volkswagen Motorsport driver Sébastien Ogier won the rally, taking his fifth consecutive WRC win in the process. Ogier finished almost a minute-and-a-half clear of his closest competitor, Citroën World Rally Team's Mads Østberg. The podium was completed by Ogier's team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, who finished 6.3 seconds in arrears of Østberg. Nasser Al-Attiyah was the winner of the WRC-2 class, finishing almost eight minutes clear of anyone else, while also finishing in seventh place overall. Nicolás Fuchs (ninth overall) and Jari Ketomaa (tenth overall) completed the podium.
During the third stage of the rally, Los Mexicanos, Ott Tänak crashed his car into a lake, but he and co-driver Raigo Mõlder were able to extract themselves from the car prior to it submerging. The car was recovered from the lake, in anticipation for the car to be repaired by the M-Sport World Rally Team. The team attempted to repair the car, dubbed the TiTänak – a portmanteau of the RMS Titanic passenger liner, that sank in 1912, and Tänak's name – for the second day, but he was unable to start. He returned for Sunday's stages, finishing 22nd overall and scoring a manufacturers' championship point.
|1||1||Sébastien Ogier||Julien Ingrassia||Volkswagen Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||WRC||4:19:13.4||0.00||28|
|2||4||Mads Østberg||Jonas Andersson||Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT||Citroën DS3 WRC||WRC||4:20:32.2||+1:18.8||18|
|3||9||Andreas Mikkelsen||Ola Fløene||Volkswagen Motorsport II||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||WRC||4:20:38.5||+1:25.1||17|
|4||5||Elfyn Evans||Daniel Barritt||M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||WRC||4:22:53.6||+3:40.2||12|
|5||8||Dani Sordo||Marc Martí||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai i20 WRC||WRC||4:24:15.2||+5:01.8||10|
|6||21||Martin Prokop||Jan Tománek||Jipocar Czech National Team||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||WRC||4:25:49.5||+6:36.1||8|
|7||39||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Matthieu Baumel||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Ford Fiesta RRC||WRC-2||4:34:06.1||+14:52.7||6|
|8||7||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai i20 WRC||WRC||4:41:56.7||+22:43.3||5|
|9||41||Nicolás Fuchs||Fernando Mussano||Nicolás Fuchs||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||4:42:02.4||+22:49.0||2|
|10||40||Jari Ketomaa||Kaj Lindström||Drive DMACK||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||4:42:23.6||+23:10.2||1|
|1 (7.)||39||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Matthieu Baumel||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Ford Fiesta RRC||WRC-2||4:34:06.1||0.0||25|
|2 (9.)||41||Nicolás Fuchs||Fernando Mussano||Nicolás Fuchs||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||4:42:02.4||+7:56.3||18|
|3 (10.)||40||Jari Ketomaa||Kaj Lindström||Drive DMACK||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||4:42:23.6||+8:17.5||15|
|4 (11.)||36||Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari||Marshall Clarke||Youth & Sports Qatar Rally Team||Fod Fiesta RRC||WRC-2||4:42:58.2||+8:52.1||12|
|5 (13.)||38||Yuriy Protasov||Pavlo Cherepin||Yuriy Protasov||Ford Fiesta RRC||WRC-2||4:52:44.2||+18:38.1||10|
|6 (14.)||33||Massimiliano Rendina||Mario Pizzuti||Motorsport Italia Srl||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X||WRC-2||4:57:19.9||+23:13.8||8|
|7 (19.)||35||Jourdan Serderidis||Frédéric Miclotte||Jourdan Serderidis||Citroën DS3 R5||WRC-2||5:17:21.8||+43:15.7||6|
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Championship standings after the raceEdit
- "Unbeaten Ogier nets Mexico hat-trick". World Rally Championship. WRC Promoter GmbH. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Sebastien Ogier clinches dominant win for VW". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Al-Attiyah starts title defence with Mexico win". World Rally Championship. WRC Promoter GmbH. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "TiTanak's Mexico escape goes global". World Rally Championship. WRC Promoter GmbH. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- McMahon, Matthew (11 March 2015). "M-Sport Mechanics Earn Their Money As The Legend of "Titanak" is Born". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Elfyn Evans 'extremely happy' after fourth place finish in Rally Mexico". North Wales Daily Post. Trinity Mirror. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
Despite the car spending almost 10 hours submerged in water, the M-Sport team had the car – dubbed TiTanak – back up and running to complete the Sunday’s final stages of the rally.
- "The making of "Titanak"". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.