One of my top story lines for Rally Mexico is going to be the arrival of the Red Bull Skoda outfit and 2010 IRC champion Juho Hanninen. A seat that was previously held by Patrik Sandell now goes to one of the top all around drivers in rally and they will be looking to win south of the border.
Skoda is currently fielding one factory level entry with their man Juho at the wheel while a second car will be fielded by Baumschlager Rally Racing. Hermann Gassner jr will be the man behind the wheel of the second effort. Gassner will not be in action for Mexico, but will pick up the lone ride in Rally Jordan.
I really like this combination of Hanninen and Skoda at the SWRC level. Juho is a gravel expert much like his fellow flying Finns, but he also has shown the world that his tarmac skills are right above par as well. We are talking about the guy who put nearly a minute on the field during the Monte.