Rally Mexico

09 – 12 March 2017




Time Zone

UTC -6



19 (370,46km)








2017 Results

3. Thierry & Nicolas / 5. Hayden & John / 8. Dani & Marc




Rally Mexico

Created in 1979, Rally Mexico was a collaborative effort between the two largest automobile associations in the country at the time: Club Automovilístico Francés de México (CAF) and Rally Automovil Club (RAC). With the aim of boosting rallying in the country, the event ran for six years in the State of Mexico. Later incarnations of the event saw El Paso de Cortés, Valle de Bravo and Baja California play host, before it moved to its current location in Léon in 1998. The rally officially became part of the WRC calendar in 2004.

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Fast Facts

  • Rally Mexico was the setting of Hyundai Motorsport’s maiden podium in 2014, when Thierry and Nicolas finished third.
  • At 399.71km, Rally Mexico had the most special stage kilometres of any event in 2016.
  • At 80km, the Guanajuato stage earned the honour of being the longest run on the WRC calendar in 2016.


276 Days
18 Hours
3 Minutes
59 Seconds
First car out for shakedown (UTC)


  • In terms of altitude, no event sees the cars reach greater heights than Rally Mexico, with crews competing at up to 2,800m above sea level.
  • Mexico City will host the rally’s ceremonial start before an exciting opening stage in the central square.
  • The El Brinco jump offers fans a thrilling vantage point of their WRC heroes in spectacular action.




Leg One: THU 09 / FRI 10 Mar
Leg Two: SAT 11 Mar
Leg Three: SUN 12 Mar

Getting there

  • Aeropuerto Internacional de Guanajuato (BJX) – 25km
  • Ponciano Arriaga International Airport (SLP) – 200km
  • Miguel y Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) – 232km
  • Mexico City International Airport (MEX) – 388km
  • Central de Autobuses, León – 2km
  • Service Park León – Rally Campus, Bulevar Paseo de los Niños 111, Zona Recreativa y Cultural, 37500 León (Mexico), 21°06’47.6”N 101°39’33.2”W
Distances to Service Park



Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P3)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P5)

Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P8)


Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P4)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P5)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Retirement)


Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P5)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P8)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P17)


Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P3)

Chris Atkinson / Stéphane Prévot (P7)