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Rally Mexico - Pre-event press conference

It's not bad. Guanajuato is the best ceremonial start of the season. The atmosphere is fantastic and I think it will be the same this year. With the street stage in the city the atmosphere will be even warmer. Even if it is not a real rally stage at one kilometre, it is still important to make no mistakes and not touch anything.

Q:
Ken, let's take a look back at Rally Sweden where you finished 14th overall. You seemed frustrated at the event but you did walk away with manufacturer points and the coveted Colin's Crest award for the biggest jump – it wasn't all bad?!

Ken Block:
I have to say it was the most frustrating event I have come to in two or three years. I knew the rally would be difficult but I did not know the handicap I had. I enjoyed it. I got the percentage of loss on each stage down to a semi-acceptable level. I hope to go back next year and do better. My times last year were okay in Mexico. I was doing okay until I met a bank a little too hard... I have made the adjustments I needed to make and will do a lot better this year hopefully.

Q:
Rally Mexico marked your first WRC event back in 2007, how far do you feel you have come since then in terms of performance?

KB:
Well for me the biggest thing I have been working on is the notes. It is the first event to which I am returning to a set of notes and I have been enjoying it a lot. The notes have changed a lot in the past year and poor Alex (Gelsomino) spent two nights fixing the notes. I am happy with how far I have come. Last year I was really nervous. I am happy to be here. It is a great event.

Q:
What are your thoughts on tonight's street stage in Guanajuato?

KB:
Well, I will not be pushing on tonight's stage. The organisers have done a great job. I hope the stage will be successful and there will be a longer stage next year. It is the best ceremonial start of the Championship.

Q:
Dennis, we see you this year as part of the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team in a Fiesta RS WRC contesting 11 events. You have a great opportunity – what's your plan for the year?

Dennis Kuipers:
Indeed, this is a nice opportunity for the team to get a good name in the market place. For me, it is important to get experience in the WRC. Every rally is a new challenge for us. Last year I did nine rallies with the Super 2000. This is a different car with new rallies and this morning marked the first kilometres for me in a WRC car on gravel. It is going to be a big challenge.

Q:
This is the first time we see you compete in Mexico – what have you thought of the stages so far from the recce?

DK:
The second and third days are really difficult stages. Again it is new for us. I hope my notes are correct.

Q:
How much have you noticed the effect on the engine from the altitude?

DK:
Sweden was amazing, but here is totally different and you really feel the difference. On the shakedown it was okay. I would like to go for the best result and also get as much experience as possible.


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