To go from cold and snow to heat and gravel was no problem for Swedish rally talent Pontus Tidemand. A month after the victory at Rally Sweden, he repeated the success in complete opposite conditions when he took the win after a close battle at this weekend's Rally Mexico.
Rally Mexico is literally the FIA World Rally Championship's high-flying event with altitudes that reach almost 2750 meters above sea level. The stages runs in demanding and varied terrain and put both man and machine to the test. Pontus came to Mexico without any previous experience from the rally, but was nevertheless one of the favorites for the win. And he did not disappoint anyone as he swooshed through the barren landscape towards the WRC 2 victory.
"What an incredible rally we have had" said Pontus. "The goal was to get through this tough event and score as many points as possible, but given that this was my debut, the experience itself was just as important. We could not have had a better start to the championship season with two wins in a row and right now we are just going to enjoy it."
Geothermal energy provider Thermia's protégé Pontus, who is accompanied by Jonas Andersson in the co-driver's seat, got a flawless start on the street stage in the heart of Mexico City on Thursday and immediately took the WRC 2 lead. On Friday it was time to step up the game with the first demanding full-length stages, among them the longest stage of the WRC, and three short spectator stages. Pontus found a good pace in his Fabia R5, took several stage wins and got a half a minute's gap down to Frenchman Eric Camilli in second place.