ROUND 3 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP8 - 11 March 2012
Rally RouteThe route covers familiar territory in the Sierra de Lobos mountains north and east of León. Following Thursday morning’s qualifying, the rally begins with an evening start ceremony in Guanajuato, after which competitors go directly into a street test.
The city is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, famed for rich veins of silver and gold discovered centuries ago, and the stage will wind along wall-lined cobbled roads and through floodlit tunnels which once formed mine shafts. Friday’s opening leg is based close to the city, ending with two tests in darkness at León’s race circuit. It contains two new stages, with two more used in the opposite direction to last year.
The second day is closer to León and covers a massive 183.80km, including a further two circuit tests. The final leg includes the daunting 54.30km Guanajuatito test, one of the longest of the season, before ending with the Power Stage, which offers bonus points to the fastest three drivers. Competitors tackle 24 stages covering 407.87km in a route of 1174.76km.Thursday 8 March: Qualifying and Day 1QS La Laborcita 5.18km 10.58 Start León Poliforum 18.15SS1 Street Stage Guanajuato 1.05km 20.09Finish León Poliforum 21.29Friday 9 March: Day 1 (continued) León - LeónServ A León Poliforum (15 mins) 07.00SS2 El Cubilete 1 22.12km 08.08SS3 Las Minas 1 15.21km 09.06SS4 Los Mexicanos 1 9.76km 09.47SS5 Ortega 1 23.69km 10.08Serv B León Poliforum (30 mins) 12.13SS6 El Cubilete 2 22.12km 13.36SS7 Las Minas 2 15.21km 14.34SS8 Los Mexicanos 2 9.76km 15.15SS9 Ortega 2 23.69km 15.36SS10 Street Stage León 1.23km 17.24
Serv C León Poliforum (flexi 45 mins) 17.41SS11 Super Special 1 2.21km 20.13SS12 Super Special 2 2.21km 20.18Finish León Poliforum 20.48Total 147.21kmSaturday 10 March: Day 2 León - LeónServ D León Poliforum (15 mins) 06.00SS13 Ibarrilla 1 29.90km 06.54SS14 Otates 1 41.88km 08.12Serv E León Poliforum (30 mins) 09.57SS15 Ibarrilla 2 29.90km 11.06SS16 Otates 2 41.88km 12.24Serv F León Poliforum (30 mins) 14.09SS17 Comanjilla 1 17.91km 15.30SS18 Super Special 3 2.21km 16.45SS19 Super Special 4 2.21km 16.50SS20 Comanjilla 2 17.91km 17.23Serv G León Poliforum (flexi 45 mins) 18.38Finish León Poliforum 19.23Total 183.80kmSunday 11 March: Day 3 León - LeónServ H León Poliforum (15 mins) 08.30SS21 Super Special 5 4.42km 09.30SS22 Guanajuatito 54.30km 10.33SS23 Derramadero 10.58km 12.06SS24 VW Power Stage 5.46km 12.31Serv I León Poliforum (10 mins) 13.21Finish León Poliforum 14.15
Total 74.76kmRally total 407.87km