World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier says the pressure is firmly on the chasing pack as he prepares for the third round of 2015 in Mexico.

The Volkswagen Motorsport driver is looking to secure a hat-trick of wins as he heads to the first gravel rally of the new season and the reigning champion has peerless form at Rally Mexico, winning the event for the past two years.

Ogier is full of confidence off the back of dominate wins in Monte Carlo and Sweden. He also sees Mexico as one of his best rallies on the WRC calendar and only has eyes on the top step of the podium next week.

"I have won the first two rallies of the season, which is very reassuring for me," Ogier said. "The pressure is definitely not on me, but those drivers behind me in the championship."

The two-time WRC champion also believes the tight battle during the last rally in Sweden has also provided him with an extra edge of his rivals.

"As a driver, you gain extra confidence when you win a battle as close as the one between Andreas Mikkelsen, Thierry Neuville and me in Sweden," he explained.

"The past two rallies in Mexico have shown how comfortable I feel in Mexico. And in recent years our Volkswagen Polo R WRC has always coped superbly with the thin air at high altitude in Mexico. We can only wait and see whether the same is true in 2015 and our powerful engine can compensate for our early starting position."

Since the Polo R WRC debuted in the series at the start of the 2013 it is undefeated at Rally Mexico, as well as a staggering ten other rounds, and has claimed 31 out of 45 stage victories in the past two years at Mexico.

Rally Mexico represents the highest-situated rally of the WRC season, starting at 1,800 metres and climbing to an air-sapping 2,700 metres above sea level. All the WRC teams have had to adapt its cars to deal with the thinner air as well as its drivers coping with the tricky conditions.

Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito believes his team and drivers are fully capable of enjoying another successful rally. If the German manufacturer does claim victory in Mexico it will be the seventh consecutive victory for VW in WRC, spanning back to the 2014 German Rally when Hyundai's Thierry Neuville was the last non-VW winner.

"At Mexico there are special stages, which really hit the heights - higher than anywhere else in the world of rallying," Capito said. "Coming just two weeks after the Rally Sweden, it is time to flip the switch as we strive to tame the unique conditions in Mexico - something we will need a lot of heart to achieve.

"We are confident that we can pull this off, as we have always enjoyed good results in Mexico in the past. No question: we want to win there again this year."


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