Citroen's Sebastien Loeb will be out to extend his run of success on Rally Mexico next week.
Loeb had to settle for sixth on the snow and ice in Sweden earlier this month, the opening round in the 2011 World Rally Championship, but with the series now gearing up for the first of seven consecutive events on gravel, the Frenchman will be keen to try and reassert his authority.
The signs are pretty ominous as well, as he has won the Leon-based round four times in the last four years.
“The first rally on gravel is really the kick-off of the season,” Loeb said. “The route is very like what we'll meet during the rest of the year with this event's special feature, a combination of very quick and very twisty sections.
"We know that there are quite a few victory contenders. From our side, it will be very important not to give away any points in the title chase.”
Team-mate Sebastien Ogier meanwhile, like Loeb, will benefit from a good road position on the opening day, and he can't wait for the start.
“I've got good memories of Rally Mexico,” Ogier continued. “In 2008, our first world championship rally in the JWRC in the C2 Super 1600 ended in victory and eighth place overall.
"Last year we had an exciting finish to the rally as we were battling with Petter Solberg for second place.
“This year, we'll have a good position on the road on the first day. I feel confident in this rally with its stages that are great fun for the driver.
"Like all my rivals, I'm really impatient to see if we've done a good job in pre-event testing.”