Rally Manager Patrick Suberville was understandably delighted to have the reigning Manufacturers’ World Champion and one of his official drivers as guests. But not only did it give Rally México an important international profile, it allowed the organizers to make their already great event even better.
“We are pleased with how the event went and have learned a lot from this experience,” said Suberville.
“We were delighted to have Peugeot Sport join our rally, not just to raise our profile and help people see that we take the World Rally Championship very seriously, but also to learn from them learn.
“We now fully understand the needs and expectations of a World Cup team and fortunately a lot has worked out perfectly for them. We have learned a lot from Peugeot and are confident that if we have all the other factory teams at the event we can do everything right.”
Was 2002 key to Mexico’s WRC debut in 2004? It would be unfair to attribute it to just one element, but it was certainly a seismic moment for the rally.
Two decades later, now with a son who just won the last round of the World Championship, Rovanperä is back at the Rally of Nations Guanajuato. It would be foolish to write off another Mexican Rovanperä entry that has an equally profound impact on another Rally México’s bid to compete in the WRC, wouldn’t it?
Rally of Nations Guanajuato is partnered with DirtFish Media and will take place from April 1st to 3rd.