Citroen privateer Petter Solberg is feeling bullish ahead of Rally Mexico, which starts later today.
The Norwegian began the new season by taking fifth in Sweden last month and following a test in France last week, 'Hollywood' is confident he will have his Citroen DS3 WRC set-up properly for the second round in the 2011 World Rally Championship, where the Petter Solberg World Rally Team will be able to score manufacturers' points for the very first time.
Speaking ahead of the event, the 2003 World Rally champion predicted that road position could make all the difference.
"I'm really looking forward to competing with the DS3 for the first time on gravel,” he said. “We had one test day in France last week, where we focused on finding the best set up for the Mexican stages, and I'm confident we now have the best one.
“Starting as the fifth car on the first day is also good, and I think start position will be the key factor for this rally.”
Meanwhile, Petter's brother, Henning will also be action, running under the M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team banner in a Fiesta RS WRC. Henning crashed out on the second day in Sweden, while in fifth position, and he is keen now to put that indiscretion behind him.
“I really enjoy this event,” added Henning, who has finished in the top-five twice in Mexico. “Mexico is a great place to go and the atmosphere of the fans is incredible.
“The organisers have made some changes to the itinerary this year including the Guanajuato Street Stage which looks like it will be a lot of fun. I also think it will help make the event even more exciting for both the drivers and the fans. I've had some good results in Mexico in the past so hopefully I can put my accident from Sweden at the back of my mind in order to produce a strong points finish,” he concluded.