Adrien Fourmaux misplaced management of his Ford Fiesta WRC in a quick and muddy left flip in SS3, inflicting the automobile to swerve violently because it ended up in opposition to a utility pole on the opposite facet of the street. street. The Frenchman and his co-driver Renaud Jamoul escaped unscathed from the incident which occurred a number of meters from the end of the 23.62 km of the Kemmelberg particular.
The Fiesta WRC has since returned to the Ypres service park the place M-Sport assessed the harm, ruling out any repairs in time for the rally to renew this Saturday morning.
“No, it was arduous to say on tv once we solely had on-board cameras”, replied workforce supervisor Richard Millener to the query relating to a potential restore of the Fiesta WRC # 16. “To be trustworthy the primary data we obtained wasn’t too unhealthy, however as quickly as you see the actual harm, the photographs and the video, sadly there isn’t a means this one [redémarre]. “
“From what I may see on the video, there have been two traces of dried mud from a tractor and [je ne sais pas…] if it affected his glide. She [la Fiesta] entered an embankment on the precise facet which made it flip fairly rapidly. The video going round is fairly brutal and I feel some elements are nonetheless up within the air someplace “, the Briton quipped.
Shaken by this error, Fourmaux added: “It was only a tightening flip and it was nonetheless full. I had it in my notes as a full flip however there was dust and we had oversteer after which we hit one thing. in a ditch. It was over. It is nearly my nationwide rally, so it is a huge disappointment. “
M-Sport’s day received much more difficult when Gus Greensmith was compelled to retire after a area journey on SS4, the final of the primary loop. Shocked by his chilly tires, the Briton pulled broad 200 meters after the beginning and received caught in a ditch. Not like his teammate, he’ll undoubtedly resume the race this Saturday.
“Gus was very unfortunate, there was a delay in the beginning of the stage, so doubtlessly the tires weren’t as scorching as he would have hoped, and he went right into a ditch and could not begin once more. , “ Millener added. “It is a very disappointing day for us however we’ll proceed to battle.”