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Event History

  • First held in 1979, the rally moved to León in 1998 and joined WRC in 2004.
  • The 2007 rally was the shortest in WRC history with a total distance of less than 850km. It still included more than 366km of stages and more than 43 per cent was competitive.
  • Sébastien Loeb scored six consecutive wins between 2006 and 2012 (the rally was absent in 2009 due to rotation).


  • Reliability is tested to the maximum during the first time on gravel since the visit to Spain back in October.
  • Temperatures nearing 30°C put stress on engines and transmissions.
  • The route climbs to the season’s highest point at 2737m. Engines struggle to breathe in the thin air and lose 20 per cent power.
  • Less power means mistakes are punished more severely as accelerating back to top speed takes longer.
  • Concrete culverts across the roads can inflict big damage.

Car Setup

  • Normal gravel suspension – the roads are not unusually rough but become heavily rutted during the second pass.
  • Expect to see both medium and hard compound tyres, the latter more likely in the afternoons when drivers face higher temperatures and hard-packed roads.


  • Thursday evening in Guanajuato is unmissable. The colour, sights and sounds of the opening ceremony outside the Alhóndiga de Granaditas museum is an experience to savour and the stages through former mining tunnels are unique.
  • The Autódromo de León test at the city’s motor racing circuit is one of the year’s best super specials. It mixes asphalt and gravel, featuring a big jump and water splash. Held on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • El Brinco’s new jump, which is tackled twice on Saturday. It’s going to be a cracker!
  • Sunshine! After the winter weather in Monte-Carlo and Sweden, the WRC contingent is more than happy to take in a few rays.
Event Website

Information taken from the FIA World Rally Championship website.

Location: León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Date: March 12, 2020
End Date: March 15, 2020
Timezone: UTC -6
Categories: WRC / WRC 2 / WRC 3