Thierry Neuville is targeting a podium finish for the third year in a row at Rally Mexico as he hopes to carry momentum from his impressive second place last time out in Sweden.

The Mexican rally holds happy memories for both Neuville and the Hyundai Motorsport team after the 26-year-old scored his first WRC podium appearance in 2013 in Mexico with his former team Qatar World Rally. Neuville switched to the Hyundai factory team a year later and secured its first podium finish with another third place finish in 2014.

"Mexico has been one of my favourite rallies in recent years, and the scene of some great results," Neuville said. "It is a demanding event with the extreme altitude and high temperatures combining to make it a physically tough rally for us drivers, as well as very hard on the car."

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The Belgium driver currently sits second in the drivers' standings thanks to his runner-up finish at Rally Sweden which consolidated his fifth place at the 2015 season-opener Rally Monte Carlo.

The Hyundai i20 WRC driver has been preparing for the rally in with tests in Spain as WRC gets ready to swap the snow of Sweden for the sun and gravel of Meixco.

The manufacturer has upgraded its engine components to counter the effects of power loss caused by Mexico's high altitude. At 2,7000 metres above sea level and soaring temperatures, Mexico provides a unique challenge to all the WRC teams in an almost opposite way to the previous round in Sweden.

"We had a day of testing in Spain to prepare for Mexico," Neuville added. "The team is pushing hard to develop the Hyundai i20 WRC and there are more improvements coming soon. I will continue to push to the maximum and hope we can celebrate in Mexico like we did last year, with a podium."

Neuville is to be re-joined by his Spanish team-mate Dani Sordo who missed Rally Sweden after breaking two ribs in a mountain bike crash during training. Sordo has been given the all-clear by doctors to race after coming through the tests unaffected by his injury. Haydon Paddon, who filled in for Sordo in Sweden, returns to the second Hyundai team as planned.

Rally Mexico hosts the third round of the 2015 World Rally Championship and will run between 5-8 March.