Czech your speed – Podesva dominates Rally Mexico with performance described as “one of the greatest SimRally drives… ever.”
The dry and dusty mountains of Mexico are often described as a car killer and would play host to round three of the Crest Autosport Sim-Rally championship and it had a rally set to throw the script out of the window and present a crazy set of events.
In the super category Teemu Kärnä of the FritoSport rally team came into Mexico as the favorite, bouncing off a dominant victory in Sweden and winning last year’s similar Acropolis rally with a dominant run. Though it was not to be as Teemu made a drastic error on Stage 1 meaning he would play catch up for the remainder of the rally meaning only fourth overall was possible. His teammate Miika Salonen would have a fast but clumsy run meaning that he would take a few podium stage finishes but mistakes would see him finish fifth overall behind his teammate.
The new man at #NoControl Daniel Beyer is proving to be one that teams will certainly be interested in for future seasons after proving himself in the first two opening rounds of this season, He would continue this trend with a third overall finish in Mexico. However he would be outshined by the top two finishers of the event.
Joel Simpson only recently made the switch from the Crest Autosport Sim-Rally historic category to the WRC category, but he didn’t waste any time in getting up to speed as he took a strong second place overall, scoring a big points finish for his TAMZ Detailing LTD Team, But the man who was the most impressive and will be remembered for season’s to come is Rejdim Podesva of #NoControl who dominated the rally winning every single stage and the overall rally by nearly one minute.
In the pro category, a fresh start for Joonas Torssonen of the FritoSport Volkswagen team as he was relegated from Super category to Pro. Joonas opted for Rally Mexico as his joker round, scoring third in both the rally and the power stage seeing him take enough points to jump into the third place in the championship. Teammate of Joonas in the Fritosport– Torbjorn Withbro also opted for Mexico as his joker round, but the Norwegian will be disappointed as Mexico could only bring him an 9th place finish in class.
Paul Morris is a past overall Acropolis Rally winner (Acropolis being a similar rally to Mexico) and he was one of the expected winners here. A good start to the rally for the AW Decals Subaru driver, but the final half of the rally saw him progressively drop down to fourth in class. Michael Mugambi of the Sim-U-Nation Citroen team shows significant improvements every week of the championship, having already picked up some good results he scored himself a well-deserved second place here in Mexico, proving himself as a potential championship contender.
The rally winner in the pro category went to Alexandre Chainho of the TAMZ Detailing Ltd Ford team which is his first ever Crest Autosport Sim-Rally win, and becomes the third different winner of the season in the pro category which puts him tied for the top spot with Joonas Torssonen. Despite a difficult rally, Kevin Edwards of the AW Decals Subaru team still remains in control of the championship, Alex Chainho leaps into second following his debut win, and Joonas slots in third following his class switch and joker round.
In the AM category, Carlos Andrade continues to wave the Crest Autosport flag as he scores yet another win for the Ford team. An intense battle between Andrade and second place driver Charis Remountis of the TAMZ Detailing Ltd Ford team saw the Greek driver on his familiar to home stages take one of his best finishes and performances at Rally Mexico.
Charis has so far been one of the most improved drivers in the championship this season. Charis and Carlos were not alone though, as Alain Javaudin despite a rusty start contended for podium spots on the final half of the rally and managed to score third place in class. Carlos Andrade is so far dominating the AM category with a convincing lead in the championship, but, as other drivers in class improve and approach their more favoured rallies in the season, we’ll see if Carlos’ lead can be altered.
Up next for Crest Autosport is the Tour de Corse – Corsica Linea. Tight and twisty mountain roads are often bordered on one side by a rock face and on the other by a steep drop into the sea. Rough and abrasive asphalt places high demands on tyres. Narrow roads mean errors can be punished heavily. Not one to be missed and you can find the fully rally report right here on Overtake Motorsport.