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Tanak Takes To Mexican Rally Challenge

Palletforce-backed world rally driver Ott Tanak is set to embark on one of the toughest events of the season when Rally Mexico gets underway tonight. The third round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the first gravel event of the season and Tanak rose to fame last year after a spectacular accident on the opening day sparked huge global coverage.

 

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The 28-year-old Estonian and co-driver Raigo Molder slid off the road and plunged their Ford Fiesta RS WRC into a lake in 2015. After being fully submerged for 10 hours, the M-Sport team revived the car and Tanak went on to complete the event.

 

However, this year high altitudes, high ambient temperatures and high stage distances will all contribute to what's expected to be one of the toughest editions of this event. The challenge is set to peak on the final day when Tanak tackles a huge 80km stage – the longest test in WRC for over 30 years.

 

After the asphalt of Monte Carlo and snow of Sweden, Mexico hosts the third different surface in as many events. The stages around Leon are literally the pinnacle of the championship – reaching the highest point of the season at 2737m.

 

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The mix of loose and abrasive surfaces, together with high speeds, delivers a real test for tyres and forces drivers and teams to manage their allocation effectively.

 

Rally Mexico is also renowned for the energetic ceremonial start in the stunningly colourful town of Guanajuato – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Crowds flock from afar to watch the opening street stage running through tunnels under the town on Thursday evening. Then the real action starts on Friday morning before finishing on Sunday afternoon.

 

"It's really nice to be going to Mexico, it's an event I enjoy and the atmosphere and energy, especially at the start, is something really special," explained Tanak. "The rally is always a big challenge. It's the first hot rally of the season and every day has got some very long stages – this is a challenge that I enjoy.

 

"With the long 80km stage, the final day will be something special and I'm looking forward to it a lot. We've just completed the pre-event recce and the stages look in great condition. There are some areas of loose gravel on top and our road position should be quite good with the first cars having to clean the gravel a little."

 

Rally Team Events

Palletforce continues its ethic to 'Work With The Best' after partnering with FIA World Rally Championship hot-shot Ott Tanak for the 2016 season and the 2016 DMACK British Rally Championship Team.

 

World Rally Championship 2016

 

21st – 24th January - Rallye Monte-Carlo

11th – 14th February - Rally Sweden

3rd – 6th March - Rally Guanajuato México

21st – 24th April - Rally Argentina

19th – 22nd May - Vodafone Rally de Portugal

9th – 12th June - Rally Italia Sardegna

1st – 3rd July - 73rd LOTOS Rally Poland

28th – 31st July - Neste Rally Finland

18th – 21st August - ADAC Rallye Deutschland

8th – 11th September - Rally China – Beijing

29th September – 2nd October - Tour de Corse - Rallye de France

13th – 16th October – Rally RACC Catalunya - Rally de España

27th – 30th October - Wales Rally GB

17th – 20th November - Rally Australia

 

MSA British Rally Championship 2016

 

5th – 6th March - Mid-Wales Stages, Newtown Gravel

8th – 9th April - Circuit of Ireland, Belfast Asphalt

30 April – 1st May - Pirelli Carlisle Rally, Carlisle Gravel

25th June - RSAC Scottish Rally, Dumfries Gravel

9th - 10th July - Nicky Grist Stages, Builth Wells Gravel/Asphalt

19th – 20th August - Ulster Rally Asphalt

15th – 17th September - Rally Isle of Man, Douglas Asphalt

 

Rally Day

 

24th September – Castle Combe