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Down and Dirty With the World's Most Challenging Motorsport

The FIA World Rally Championship has drivers taking on some of the wettest, dirtiest, bumpiest, and most varied track conditions on the planet. The WRC is considered by many to be the most challenging of all motorsports. The most recent rally took place in the mountains of Guanajuato, Mexico.

  1. Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti of Spain
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    Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti of Spain

    Drivers Daniel Sordo and Marc Marti of Spain compete in their Hyundai Motorsport WRT Hyundai i20 WRC during day two of the championship in Leon, Mexico, on March 5, 2016.

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  2. Sebastian Ogier of France
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    Sebastian Ogier of France

    Ogier takes a dusty turn in his Polo R WRC. The rally took place in the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains, north and east of León.

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  3. Hayden Paddon and John Kennard of New Zealand
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    Hayden Paddon and John Kennard of New Zealand

    A Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 WRC gets some air. A World Rally Car is built to specifications set by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.

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  4. Picking up the Pieces
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    Picking up the Pieces

    Thierry Neuville with Hyundai Motorsport, after a crash during day 1.

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  5. Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland
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    Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland

    Latvala steers his Polo R WRC near a track edge. Rallying does not run on a circuit but instead features a certain number of timed sections, known as stages. 

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  6. Lorenzo Bertelli and Simone Scattolin of Italy
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    Lorenzo Bertelli and Simone Scattolin of Italy

    A FWRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC gets a quick rinse. The teams take the stages one at a time, trying to complete them as quickly as possible. Co-drivers read route notes that explain what the driver can expect ahead. 

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  7. A Polo R WRC
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    A Polo R WRC

    The World Rally Championship was established in 1973.

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  8. FWRT Ford Fiesta RS
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    FWRT Ford Fiesta RS

    There are 21 stages for the Rally Guanajuato, which took place March 3-6, 2016.

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  9. Accidents do Happen
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    Accidents do Happen

    The Fiesta RS WRC of Eric Camilli of France sits after an accident. 

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  10. Gravel Masters
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    Gravel Masters

    The route climbs to a point of 2,737 meters, almost 9,000 feet.

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  11. Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway
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    Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway

    Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen steers his Polo R WRC.

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  12. Benito Guerra of Mexico and Borja Rozada of Spain
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    Benito Guerra of Mexico and Borja Rozada of Spain

    Benito Guerra of Mexico and Borja Rozada of Spain compete in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The rally's total distance covered 1077.08 kilometers, almost 700 miles. 

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  13. The Winners
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    The Winners

    Driver Jari-Matti Latvala, right, and co-driver Miikka Anttila celebrate their victory.

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