The third round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) sees teams competing in the Rally Guanajuato México, a 19-stage, 370km long event. It is a diverse and challenging rally with teams taking on street stages, mountainous high-altitude dirt roads and even an underground stage in Guanajuato.
A year ago, one of the ŠKODA Customer Teams claimed victory in the WRC2 category at the Rally Guanajuato Mexico and this success triggered a run of ten FABIA R5 wins in the next eleven rallies of the 2016 season and saw the Rally Mexico winner Teemu Suninen finish the season in second place in the final classification of the WRC2 championship.
Fabian Kreim claims victory in the opening round of the German Rally Championship, Miguel “Miky” Zaldivar Sr copes best with the wet weather to win the opening round of the Paraguayan Rally Championship and Quentin Giordano lays down a marker for the French Championship with victory at the Rallye Régional de Printemps.
A flying start to the Belgian Rally Championship as the FABIA R5 secures a ‘One-Two’ finish at the Rally van Haspengouw, while Ole Christian Veiby claims both his and the FABIA R5’s maiden rally win in Norway at the Numedalsrally.
Wonderkid Kalle Rovanperä roars to victory on Finnish debut at the Vaakuna Ralli, while Nikolay Gryazin wins in the Baltic Rally Trophy standings. Pedro Meireles gets off to a winning start at the Rali Serras de Fafe in Portugal, while other ŠKODA Customer Teams win rallies also in Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Paraguay.
The Rally Sweden, the sole winter round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), is next on the schedule for teams. They have been tasked with taking on 18 stages and 332 km of competitive distance on a mixture of snow and ice-covered roads.
The FIA World Rally Championship is back for 2017, and once again the action begins with the Rallye Monte Carlo, perhaps the most famous rally on the calendar. The drivers are taking on 17 special stages and 382 kilometers of both asphalt and snow covered roads around The Principality of Monaco.