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The opening two events of the WRC season couldn’t be more contrasting. Following the high-speed blast through the frozen Swedish forests, WRC crews make the first of two visits to the American continent for the fast rock-strewn stages of Mexico where high ambient temperatures and altitudes provide the main challenge.
A new addition to the WRC schedule in 2004, the Leon-based event is famed for its compact route and spectacular ceremonial start in the city of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The start regularly attracts thousands of fans who will get to savour an extra treat this year with the first running of the Guanajuato Street Stage.
Measuring a little more than one kilometre in length, the stage will run through tunnels and high wall-lined cobbled streets with all the action recorded on a close circuit TV system.
New for 2011
The Guanajuato Street Stage gets its first airing immediately following the ceremonial start on Thursday evening. Action at the Leon Racing Circuit will take place at night to appease those rally fans unable to take the day off work.