The sun kissed mountain roads near León are covered in sand. As road opener Friday’s first leg, the Estonian can expect to concede big chunks of time as he sweeps the dirt to make a line for those behind.
“it ’t be so easy but we saw in Mexico last year that it is possible to have a fantastic result in this particular position, therefore let’s ’s see how it moves,” said the Toyota Yaris driver, that heads the standings by seven things out of Thierry Neuville.
“it had been a great experience to win in Sweden, however we immediately changed our attention to Mexico. We flew to Spain after the rally for 2 weeks of testing the Monday and Tuesday. ”
“We worked on numerous different things, simply hoping to be well-prepared even as we could be,” ” added Tänak, that has to deal with loads of other complexities.
The distinctive periods reach a season-high of 2700 metres above sea level, starving engines of oxygen and depriving them all the way to 20 per cent of their power.
Tänak has yet to score a podium in Mexico. Perhaps his main effect on the rally came in 2015 if his car plunged into a pond and sank. He and then co-driver Raigo Mõlder.
Because the roads become with the passage of every car, drivers starting further back have a golden chance to set the first day pace. When competitions begin in order of classification, this would put them in a solid position for the previous two legs.
Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen, driving Ford Fiestas, Dani Sordo and Hyundai I-20 duo Andreas Mikkelsen, along with Jari-Matti Latvala, Team Mate to Tänak, will have their eyes.