Dani Sordo says he starts next week's Rally Mexico from the strongest position as he aims to break his World Rally Championship duck.
Sordo's fourth place on Rally Sweden means he will start the Leon-based second round of the series fourth on the road, with his biggest rivals Mikko Hirvonen, Sebastien Loeb and Jari-Matti Latvala ahead of him and sweeping the dusty surface for him.
Having run in third place for much of the opening round, Sordo is aiming to maintain what has been one of his strongest starts to the season yet.
"I hope I'll make the same progress in Sweden," said Sordo. "I'll have the advantage of starting fourth on the first day, so the line's going to be well swept by the first three.
"I hold all the aces and I won't forget the job I've been given: namely, to score the maximum number of points for the manufacturers' world championship title. Our rivals got off to a better start in Sweden, but we're determined to catch them."
Sordo, who has finished fourth on two of his three visits to the event, admitted Rally Mexico is one of his favourites.
"I've always felt at home in Mexico," said the 27-year-old. "In 2008, my chances were dashed in the first stage when a suspension arm broke on a stone. After that, I set good times.
"This year I really believe I can make the same step forward on gravel as I did on ice in Sweden. I like this event very much - and not just because I speak the same language as the locals! The start in the streets in the historic centre of Guanajuato is one of the highlights of the season. The people are very enthusiastic and they make a huge effort to organise a great rally in Leon. I hope to be on the podium at the end."