The change in surface from the previous WRC rallies of the year to the upcoming race in Guanajuato means that, in order to stand a chance, it is crucial for drivers to spend some time adapting to the required new driving style as well as for the car to undergo the necessary adjustments.
The week before the Portuguese Rally both teammates jumped on their Asian missiles and travelled to Huelva (Spain), in order to begin preparing for the North American appointment.
Dani Sordo driver has, in any case, conveyed his good feelings and high expectations to the press in the face of one of the most complicated appointments on the calendar. His unexpected victory last year in Sardinia and the overall high pace he demonstrated during 2019, have clearly boosted his confidence.
Sordo is thus facing Rally Mexico with his heart set on the podium … and perhaps even on victory. The fact that he will be starting from behind, this being his first appearance in the 2020 World Rally Championship, will play in his favour. Taking the track after his adversaries will increase his chances of success considerably as he finds a cleaner and faster path ahead.
In this sense, Dani has made his intentions very clear regarding his expectations for the Leon race:
“I really want to win in Mexico and get another victory for the team. Our road position should play in our advantage on the first day, but that alone is not enough”.
The Spanish driver has also spoken about the added difficulty of the altitude (the race takes place at above 2.000m), a condition which significantly compromises the power of the engines:
“The altitude makes it a difficult race so we have to be prepared physically as well as taking care of the car.”
“I am excited to be back at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC at Rally Mexico, an event that I enjoy a lot and where I have always performed well. I have kept close to the team during the opening events of the season (he acted as a last-minute substitute in Monte Carlo) and I feel fit and ready. “
Despite Sordo arriving at the race in the best position of all the Hyundais, Neuville is particularly keen to win in a country where he has never been able to do so before.
The Belgian driver arrives in Mexico as co-leader of the Championship together with his Toyota rival Elfyn Evans. Both leaders will, therefore, be in the challenging position of opening the race together.
“I have great memories of Mexico including our first podium with Hyundai Motorsport and my first WRC finishing in the top three the year before that” – declared this year’s Montecarlo’s winner -.
Neuville, world sub-champion during the last four years, has also said to be really motivated to take the top step of the podium for the first time in the American country.
Images of Dani Sordo: Hyundai Motorsport.