The Russian Team Arctic Energy WRT Comes First in Its Class on the First Day of Rally México
Yesterday saw the start of the Mexican round of the World Rally Championship. It is worth mentioning that this year is an anniversary year for Rally Mexico – this will be the 15th race. Rally Mexico traditionally opens the gravel part of the world championship offering its participants unique conditions that make this race one of the most difficult in the season. And, the first day of competition proved it. Already several crews withdrew allowing representatives of the WRC 2 class be part of the scoring ten. The starting point at 2000 meters above sea level created a number of additional challenges for the pilots and their machines: even in the first special segments of the distance drivers faced a critical growth in the temperature of engines of their vehicles.
Here is what the pilot of the Russian team Arctic Energy WRT Deividas Jocius told: "The Friday program of Rally Mexico turned out to be ruthless to both the crews and the vehicles. In the first miles of the longest special stage of the rally – 55-kilometer El Chocolate – most teams experienced problems with their engines. Serpentines going to the height of 2746 meters, settled hot weather forced the vehicles to their limits. The main reason of time losses at SS4 was overheating of the engine, center differential and shock absorbers. We made a decision to go the largest part of the special segment in safe mode trying not to overload the engine. After that we increased our tempo, and with each special segment we won back lost seconds that allowed us to take the lead and finish the race day in the first place in our class."
On the second day of Rally Mexico, participants will have to overcome 9 special segments, whose total length amounts to 140.35 km.