Toyota Gazoo Racing arrives at the Rally of Mexico on the crest of
the wave. Although the team led by Tommi Mäkinen don’t know the performance
will the Toyota Yaris WRC in a test to be played on gravel,
more than 2,700 metres of height and with 30 ° C temperature, what is certain is that the
training may not address the test in a better position. The pre-test to the
Rally of Mexico have served to test the new valves of the engine and
Jari-Matti Latvala faces the third round of the championship as a leader of the WRC.
For its part, Juho Hänninen after a more discreet look for their first
points with the Yaris WRC.
Jari-Matti Latvala won the Rally of Mexico for the first time in 2016, although it is one of the drivers who accumulates more experience in the test. The finn will be in charge of open track during the first stage, which will certainly be a factor that will play against you: “TI am some happy memories of the Rally of Mexico after having won last year, but also of previous editions. In 2016 I started with a good starting position and I took advantage of the roads more clean to take a great advantage. This year will be just the other way around. In these circumstances you have to take away pressure and would be happy with a place in the top five“.
The own Jari-Matti Latvala has admitted to feeling very calm after win in Sweden and placed as the leader of the WRC: “Nothing has changed for me from the Rally of Sweden, but I think that this makes special emphasis on the important of trying to do everything that is in our hand in every rally and be consistent. If you do, maybe we can be in a good position at the end of the championship, despite not being our objective for this first season. There is always a great atmosphere in the Rally of Mexico, the fans call me ‘The Bullet’, so I hope I don’t disappoint you this año“.
Juho Hänninen has played once in the Rally of Mexico.
It was in 2011, with the colors of Red Bull and at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia S2000
that led him to the eighth position: “I’ve done the rally once before,
many years ago, but I liked it a lot. it is Always good to compete on gravel and in
long stages could be a very good opportunity for me. I have a good
initial position and I need to make full use of it. Although Sweden was not a
great rally for me on a personal level, I learned a lot about how be more
smart in certain circumstances in the future“.
In this line, Hänninen added: “The test before
Mexico have been very good. We have changed some things in the car as the
suspension, but not much. I’m close to having the sense of confidence that
I enjoyed the car after the Monte carlo Rally. The work that you have done the
engineers with the engine is really impressive, so I think that even
will render a very good level despite of the altitude. The truth is that I hope not
having to adapt my driving style too much and be able to compete at the top