Sebastien Ogier will start the 100th World Rally Championship event of his career this weekend in Mexico, where he will in turn start as favourite to extend Volkswagen's record-breaking victory streak.
The Frenchman's quest for a fourth straight WRC title with Volkswagen in 2016 has begun in perfect style with comfortable wins in Monte Carlo and Sweden, and now he heads to Mexico seeking a fourth straight win in the opening gravel event of the year.
Marking Ogier's century in World Rally, he also stands to challenge for VW's 12th straight WRC victory, which would equal its own record for consecutive successes. However, despite his excellent record on the gruelling Rally Mexico, Ogier expects to come up against a challenge this weekend.
“The Rally Mexico will be the 100th of my career. A victory would be the best way to celebrate this but it will not be easy. I am really looking forward to the first gravel rally of the season. I have many great memories of Mexico and the fantastic fans there.
“My career began with a victory in the Junior World Championship here eight years ago – that was a dream come true for me. The last three visits to Mexico have been very successful for us.
“One of the key factors is the mountain air, and our Volkswagen Polo R WRC has always dealt very well with that. I hope that this will also be the case in 2016. Julien and I will not be over-confident and will be as focussed as ever when the rally begins.”
Ogier has a remarkable record of wins against World Rally starts with 34 victories in the 99 he has competed in.