Elfyn Evans is hoping to create more happy memories at Rally Mexico after finishing a World Rally Championship career-best fourth place on his debut in the event last year with the M-Sport World Rally Team.

The Welsh driver has enjoyed a solid if unspectacular start to the 2015 WRC season, with a seven place in Rally Monte Carlo and sixth in Rally Sweden to place him sixth in the overall drivers' standings.

The Mexican rally marks the first return to gravel racing for the new season and is also the highest rally on the calendar, starting at 1,800 metres before climbing to 2,800 metres above sea level. In context, the highest peak for a European rally event tips just over 1,600 metres in the Monte Carlo event.

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The 26-year-old says he hasn't driven competitively on gravel since September and is looking forward to returning to the Central American event.

"I've got some good memories from Mexico. Last year was a bit of a surprise result for us," Evans said. "It's a tricky event and a lot of people had problems which we were able to capitalise on.

"It's important to keep out of trouble and if we can do that again whilst showing an increase in speed it could be another good event. We're keen to carry the performance forward from Monte and Sweden, just without the mistakes."

Evans has been adjusting his Ford Fiesta RS car for the first of six loose-surface rounds, getting used to different braking points and a more precise driving style needed. The British driver is hoping to emulate his best WRC finish - along with another fourth place in Germany last year - and believes if he can get his strategy right the result will come.

"We've not rallied on dry gravel since September last year so it's a bit of a strange feeling initially. We were able to do two full days of testing this week though and the feeling is more or less back so that's good," Evans said. "The heat is a big part of this event, and when you combine that with the high altitude you have to be in peak physical condition. It can be a bit of a shock to the system so we'll head out a little earlier to do some fitness training and get fully acclimatised.

"The climate affects the car too. There's a significant reduction in power so you have to be really smooth and not so aggressive with your driving style. Mistakes are harder to recover. If you scrub speed before a long straight or sequence of fast corners the engine doesn't have the power to carry you through and you can lose a lot of time.

"It's really important to keep momentum and have a good rhythm; you can almost compare it to driving a front-wheel-drive car like the Ford Fiesta R2."