We’ve had icy tarmac, we’ve had icy ice, now it’s time for the logical next step: gravel, warm weather, and high altitudes.
Rally Sweden was not kind to drivers or fantasy players, as the two drivers who won six of the last seven runnings of the event both found themselves stuck in the snow, no longer in contention for a top 10 finish. The rally wasn’t any kinder to legend Marcus Gronholm, who was repeatedly sucked into the snowbanks and ended up finishing the rally a full 42 minutes behind. Unsurprisingly these three drivers were on most fantasy players’ rosters, which means that a number of players took a pretty big hit. GiuRX, who actually missed the opening round, took the win in Sweden with 75 points, while FreddsterExprs has taken the series lead via his second consecutive runner-up event finish.
No new laptop yet, so no embedded points. You know where to find them.
Now for Rally Mexico and our first taste of gravel for the year. For average speed this is actually one of the slowest events on the calendar, but don’t be fooled. These tight, narrow, technical stages with massive altitude changes are some of the most challenging on the calendar. The event has been kind to Ogier, who has four wins here (three of them with VW), and to Kris Meeke, who scored a first and a third in his two visits with Citroen’s C3. Conversely, it’s been a challenge the last two years for Toyota, who seemingly have struggled to come to grips with the altitude. The best finish for any Toyota driver the past two years is sixth. If they have the mechanical side figured out though they’ll prove to be a threat. Meeke and Latvala have both won here, and Tanak is currently the fastest man in the championship. Also, with only ten WRC cars entered and this event typically having higher than average attrition this may be the time to play a WRC2 driver.
M-SPORT FORD WRT - FORD FIESTA RS WRC
Elfyn Evans (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.7 - Avg Mexico: 6.5
Teemu Suninen (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 4.6 - Avg Mexico: 0.0
HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WRT - HYUNDAI I20 COUPE WRC
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 4.0- Avg Mexico: 6.8
Thierry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.5 - Avg Mexico: 8.1
Dani Sordo (ESP) - Avg last 10 rounds: 6.8 - Avg Mexico: 9.3
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT - TOYOTA YARIS WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.6 - Avg Mexico: 8.9
Ott Tänak (EST) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.5 - Avg Mexico: 6.0
Kris Meeke (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 6.3 - Avg Mexico: 10.0
CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT - CITROËN C3 WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 11.9 - Avg Mexico: 18.9
Esapekka Lappi (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.1 - Avg Mexico: 0.0