Standing in the presence of greatness

Standing in the presence of greatness

As the dust settles from the second round of the World Rally Championship in Mexico, David Evans recaptures the sensations of standing stageside and watching the best rally drivers on the planet doing their thing

Standing waiting for rally cars at the side of the road, a mental picture is inevitably built in anticipation of what's to come. Invariably, perception is short of reality. But not normally by this much.

Surrounded by 10,000 Corona-fuelled Mexicans, the expectation rose as we waited alongside a jump near the end of the stage. The approach was quick, downhill. The jump was followed by a short straight before a long medium left.

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