In the world of motor sports, most fans tend to lean towards Formula 1 and NASCAR, but those are certainly not the only games in town. More and more racing fans are looking for something a little different, which is certainly what you get with the FIA World Rally Championship. Rather than driving on a designated track, the participants in the WRC go off road to tackle some seriously challenging courses. This weekend, March 13-16, the WRC will be in Mexico for the first gravel road race of the year, which will present a new challenge for the drivers. That is on top of the heat and altitude of Mexico, which will deliver even more obstacles for the drivers and their navigators. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 drivers and Rally Odds who will be tackling the 24 stage, 324 km WRC Mexico 2020.
WRC – Mexico 2020 Preview & Odds
Elfyn Evans – The British driver sits atop the standing right now after winning the second race of the season in Sweden on a snow-covered course that is always difficult to negotiate. The switch from the snow to gravel will be a test for all the drivers, but it is going to be interesting to see if Evans, and his navigator Scott Martin, are as good on this surface as they were on the snow in Sweden.
Thierry Neuville – The Hyundai Racing Team is somewhat new to the WRC, but they have made a pretty big impact in the few years that they have been racing. They have several drivers on their team, but it is Neuville and his partner Nicolas Gilsoul, who are leading the way for Hyundai. They got the season off to a winning start in Monte Carlo and are tied on points at 42 in the driver standings with Evans. The Belgian dur need to be considered a threat here.
Sebastien Ogier – The overwhelming favorite for this race needs to be the French duo of Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, as they have won here in each of the last two years. Overall, they have won this race in 5 of the last 7 runs, so you can bet that there will be a lot of betting money riding on them this weekend. They are currently 3rd in the driver standings, but they could move up with a win here.
Kalle Rovanpera – In the previous 16 years that this event has been part of the WRC under this name, it has only even been won once by a Finnish driver. Rovanpera and Halttunen will be looking to change all that, as they also look to improve on their #4 standing, where they currently sit with 30 points. They have looked good over the opening two races of the season, so they are certainly in with a shot here.
Esapekka Lappi – The Finnish duo of Lappi and Ferm have yet to win a stage through the first 2 races of the season, but they have done enough to earn 24 points and land in the middle of the pack. The switch away from snow may help them kick on a bit this weekend, but I would certainly be looking elsewhere for a winner of the Mexico event.