Final weekend, Adrien Fourmaux and his co-driver Renaud Jamoul created a sensation by taking fifth place in Rally Croatia for his or her first steps within the WRC, and that is clearly solely the start.
After this nice efficiency with the Ford Fiesta WRC, the M-Sport staff has introduced that Fourmaux will take the wheel once more subsequent month at Rally Portugal, from Might 20 to 23. He’ll nonetheless be lined up alongside Gus Greensmith, whereas Teemu Suninen must wait till the subsequent spherical in Italy to make his return to the class, lined up for a second consecutive occasion in WRC2 by the British staff.
At the moment eighth within the championship and due to this fact properly positioned for the beginning of this primary gravel occasion of the season, Fourmaux thanked M-Sport and its sponsor Crimson Bull for having renewed their confidence and help in him, including: “This can be my first time in Portugal, and my first time driving the Ford Fiesta WRC on land. I am unable to wait to seek out out.”
It was deliberate for a number of months that Fourmaux will take part in a number of WRC rounds throughout the 2021 season, being aligned with the opposite occasions in WRC2, the place he drives a Ford Fiesta R5; he positioned second within the Rallye Monte-Carlo on this class final January. Above all, he made no secret that the Fiesta WRC was “one other world” in some ways.
Beforehand, the quickly to be 26-year-old Frenchman distinguished himself by taking third place in WRC2 final 12 months, already with M-Sport, and his Croatian efficiency led Richard Millener, supervisor of the British staff, to check him to an illustrious seven-time World Champion: “4 years in the past he hadn’t even pushed a rally automotive, and now he is with one of the best, and on some levels he is ‘outperformed’ guys they had been watching rising up. […] You possibly can actually see a resemblance to Ogier in the best way he conducts himself. “
“Discovering the facility and efficiency of the Fiesta on land can be a complete completely different problem. It has no strain, however we’re all anxious to see the way it performs,” Richard Millener added.
“Teemu can be fielded once more in WRC2 in Portugal, earlier than taking the wheel of the Fiesta WRC at Rally Italy-Sardinia, an occasion during which he has all the time excelled”, added the supervisor. “He obtained second place there in 2019, one of the best results of his profession. And who can neglect that first particular final 12 months, the place he was 12 seconds sooner than anybody!”
WRC 2021 Calendar
September 30-October Three