After two specialized, mixed surface events (one of them not intentionally mixed) it’s time to go to Mexico and the primary surface of the championship: gravel.
Elfyn Evans was the big surprise in Sweden, taking advantage of the shortened schedule and unusual conditions to take the second win of his career. Only three players had Evans on their rosters, and unsurprisingly two of those three won big, scoring the only results above 60 points (unfortunately the third to pick Evans had dismal results for the rest of their picks). Hot Dog McKoy, who finished second, has managed to also take the points lead, bumping round onewinner OregonWings down to second.
The story of Mexico is liable to come down to Toyota vs Hyundai. All three drivers on each of their rosters could win here. On the Toyota side you have Seb Ogier, who has five wins across three manufacturers in Mexico and hasn’t finished worse than second since 2011, championship leader Elfyn Evans, who so far has led and podiumed every rally, and Kid Kalle, whose worst result his career in a WRC car so far is fifth. For Hyundai you have perennial frontrunners Tanak and Neuville, who have five Mexico podiums between them, and Dani Sordo, who has the second best average points score in Mexico after Ogier. M-Sport’s Suninen and Lappi have had far less luck in Mexico, but with two straight top five finishes so far in the Fiesta Lappi needs to be eyed as a dark horse as well.
M-SPORT FORD WRT - FORD FIESTA RS WRC
Esapekka Lappi (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.6 - Avg Mexico: 0.0
Teemu Suninen (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.0 - Avg Mexico: 0.0
Gus Greensmith (GBR) - Avg last 4 rounds: 0.5 - Avg Mexico N/A
HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WRT - HYUNDAI I20 COUPE WRC
Ott Tanak (EST) - Avg last 10 rounds: 17.1 - Avg Mexico: 8.0
Thierry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.6 - Avg Mexico: 8.6
Dani Sordo (ESP) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.2 - Avg Mexico: 9.7
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT - TOYOTA YARIS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.3 - Avg Mexico: 20.1
Elfyn Evans (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.2 - Avg Mexico: 8.2
Kalle Rovanpera (FIN) - Avg last 2 rounds: 12.5 - Avg Mexico: N/A