Preview: Onwards and upwards for our Finns after sixth in Sweden
First impressions count for a lot. Fortunately for our HMDP crew Jari and Antti, they made a positive start to their 2018 WRC 2 campaign in Sweden.
Competing against more experienced rivals, our Finns took two stage wins to finish sixth in the competitive WRC 2 class in their opening round of the season.
We were impressed with how Jari and Antti approached Sweden, said our Team Principal Michel. It was intended to be a learning experience but they were able to show some good speed and consistency.
I was satisfied with our rally in Sweden, and happy with the performance of our i20 R5, commented Jari. There were areas where we could have made improvements but there were a lot of positives.
Into the unknown
The duo will now head into unfamiliar territory at Rally Mexico, an event in which they have never previously participated.
Mexico will be a brand new experience so it wont be easy, added Jari. Our focus is on having a clean rally. Of course, we would like to show some good pace but we know the WRC 2 contest is tough.
Testing is prohibited outside of Europe, so our HMDP crew spent time in Spain aiming to replicate some of the gravel conditions expected in Mexico. I think we are as ready as we can be, he concluded.
The 22-stage Rally Mexico schedule begins on Thursday evening with a popular street stage at Guanajuato.