Camilli: Main goal for Mexico is "just to finish"

WRC rookie Eric Camilli said his only aim for Rally Mexico is to complete the event, following back-to-back retirements in Monte Carlo and Sweden.

The Frenchman will make his Mexico debut this weekend and only has eight gravel rallies of experience behind him.

Four of those plus the half-gravel Rally Spain was part of his WRC2 campaign last year, Camilli making it to the podium once and recording two DNFs.

"I don’t have big experience of rallying in general and it has been difficult to discover World Rally Car level and the rallies," he said.

"It hasn’t been easy to start the season like this, but it’s like that and now I want to think about the future and bounce back."

"The main objective is just to finish the rally, I’m not looking at times.

"That’s my objective and also M-Sport’s objective for me. I need to discover the car on gravel and it’s very important for the future to finish and take the experience.

Poor start to 2016 season

Camilli has only completed 10 stages so far this season, having failed to finish both rallies.

Despite showing occasional promise, including going fifth in one of the Monte Carlo stages, he crashed into a tree in that event - and then rolled in Sweden.

"Malcolm [Wilson, team boss] has told me everything is OK. He said it wasn’t good not to finish the first two rallies, but told me to forget the bad results and concentrate on the future.

"His support has helped me forget the pressure and that’s very important."

Camilli has a lot of talent, says Ostberg

Camilli's teammate Mads Ostberg has, in turn, spoken highly of the Frenchman's abilities.

"We haven't had long together as team mates, but he certainly showed some promising times in Monte Carlo," Ostberg told Motorsport.com.

"He had some good results last year in the WRC2 category but he knows better than anyone that the WRC is a completely different level.

"I think he has a lot of talent, and I am sure that he will learn a lot this season."

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Series WRC
Event Rally Mexico
Drivers Mads Ostberg , Eric Camilli
Teams M-Sport
Article type Breaking news