The competition in round three of the 2020 World Rally Championship, Rally México, begins tonight. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak have finished their pre-rally preparations with official shakedown and they are ready for a fight. It starts with two runs of a superspecial stage on the streets of Guanajuato, shortly after 3:00 in the morning.
The Lotos Rally Team crew uses a new car this season: a Skoda Fabia R5 evo. They compete in the WRC-3 category with, among others, Oliver Solberg from Norway (VW Polo GTI R5), Paulo Nobre from Brazil (Skoda Fabia R5), Marco Bulacia Wilkinson from Bolivia (Citroen C3 R5), Alberto Heller from Chile (Ford Fiesta R5 MkII) and – of course – local contingent of Mexican drivers, the most experienced competitors in this event: Ricardo Triviño (15 outings on home soil) and Benito Guerra (13 outings and victory last year) – both Skoda Fabia R5.
– It is great to start the World Rally Championship campaign with the Mexican round. We have just completed our shakedown runs which enabled us to check the car. As usual, everything works very well. Tonight we will try our machine in battle conditions. The city stage is always packed with spectators who support every crew. We also feel plenty of support from Polish fans. We will do our best. The stages are very demanding, just as we expected. There are many tricky places, many traps. I hope that we included most of them in our pace notes but we will also have to think on our feet. We are ready but you always have to stay alert and keep your eyes wide open
– says Kajetan Kajetanowicz, triple European Rally Champion.
The competition begins on Thursday (12 March 2020) with an extremely colourful official starting ceremony in Guanajuato. Afterwards the crews will complete two runs of the city stage (1.12 kms, starts at 03:08 and 03:31 CET). The longest leg is scheduled on Friday, with ten special stages and over 135 competitive kilometres. First loop consists of four tests: El Chocolate 1 (31.45 kms, starts at 16:08 CET), Ortega 1 (17.24 kms, at 17:16 CET), Las Minas 1 (13.69 kms, at 18:14 CET) and Parque Bicentenario (2.71 kms, at 19:12 CET). The afternoon loop begins with another runs of El Chocolate (at 22:35 CET), Ortega (at 23:43 CET) and Las Minas (00:41 CET). It ends with a couple of short superspecials: Autódromo 1 and 2 (2.33 kms, at 02:21 and 02:26 CET) and Street Stage León (0,73 kms, at 03:14 CET).
Starts of Kajetan Kajetanowicz are supported by strategic partner of the LOTOS Rally Team – Grupa LOTOS – as well as Delphi Technologies, Driving Experience and Pirelli.