march 12, 2018 - Michelin Motorsport

Michelin-2018 FIA WRC-Round 3: Rally Guanajuato México

After the icy asphalt of the Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Sweden’s wintry lanes, the first gravel round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship takes teams to Leon – 400 kilometres northwest of #Mexico City – for Rally #Mexico on March 8-11. The trip to #Mexico marks the first anniversary of the maiden appearance of the #michelinltxforces5 which went on to enjoy success on the 2017 WRC’s subsequent dirt fixtures. On all the events where it was used, the new soft-compound gravel tyre won over the French firm’s partners thanks to its combination of versatility and high performance. Also available in #Mexico will be the hard-compound #michelinltxforceh4. Indeed, depending on the weather and ground conditions, tyre strategy could well prove decisive in North America where teams will need to make the most competitive choice possible between the soft and hard versions of the LTX Force for the morning and afternoon visits to the event’s demanding stages. The total distance of the 2018 Rally #Mexico is 1,055.88km divided into 22 special stages totalling 344.49km. Unlike last year, when action kicked off in the centre of #Mexico City, this year’s competitive programme will begin in the streets of #Guanajuato which is much closer to Leon. This mining town, which sits on a labyrinth of galleries cut through the UNESCO world heritage-listed city’s bedrock, is a major tourist attraction and has always attracted huge crowds when the colourful start ceremony has been held there. Thursday evening’s super-special itself takes cars through the underlying maze of tunnels before competitors head for the surrounding mountains over the next three days.

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