Brand-new SUZUKI dealer in Leon had helped us before and during the rally. Its maintenance shop was so large and comfortable that our team member could work there pleasantly. Thanks, SUZUKI MEXICO!
SUZUKI motor cycles were introduced in Mexico in 1996 for the first time. Since then many of our motor cycle models have been well-received by Mexican people, but autos have not shown until the EPA; Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and Mexico came into effect in 2005. Finally EPA went into force and SUZUKI exported Grand Vitara and Aerio Sedan to Mexico. Swift has thrown out in the following year. With their active SUV character, they will attract wide range of people in Mexico!
Transportation is always one of big issues regarding WRC. Especially when the event is held outside the Europe, it becomes a really great deal. Instead of driving trucks, we send containers by ship. Yes, the containers take place of the trucks. These containers used in Mexico left for the next location; Argentina.
The days were eventful in Leon since we arrived there. The biggest trouble was P-G's lost baggage at Amsterdam. His suitcase including his Racing suits, Helmet, gloves etc. wasn't yet arrived in Leon even on Tuesday in the rally week. As you know they are necessary for attending the rally. The airline told us that his luggage left Amsterdam for Mexico in the Tuesday morning and it will be delivered to our hotel in the midnight. If things went wrong, P-G cannot pass the inspection on the Wednesday. At last, we received the much-awaited suitcase almost at noon on the very Wednesday! To everyone's relief, P-G passed the check safely.
Great press conference was held in the evening. SUZUKI world rally team principal Nobuhiro Tajima and the president of SUZUKI MEXICO gave speeches. At the same time, Toni's 100th WRC was celebrated.
On Thursday, shake-down went well. Kids always encourage drivers!
In the evening, the rally started with the ceremony in Guanajuato. The town once developed as one of the richest Silver mining areas in Mexico was clouded with thousands of rally fans!