Thursday | 07 Oct 2021

Fourmaux: ‘Finland was huge rally for me'

M-Sport Ford’s Adrien Fourmaux says every corner of last weekend’s Secto Automotive Rally Finland taught him a lesson.

The 26-year-old tackled the Jyväskylä-based event for only the second time and was happy to deliver his Ford Fiesta World Rally Car to the finish in seventh place without any incidents – despite a monster leap of almost 70 meters at the end of the closing Wolf Power Stage.

Fourmaux said his first attempt at Finland’s WRC round in a four-wheel drive car was all about taking experience of one of the season’s most specialised events. It was mission accomplished according to the Frenchman, who followed home his English team-mate Gus Greensmith.

“It was a huge rally for me,” he told WRC.com. “Two years ago I came here and I was driving a Rally4 car – now I’m in a World Rally Car! I knew I had to make a lot of experience. I had to get to the end with no mistakes and I have done that.

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“Honestly, every corner was teaching me a lesson. Every stage I came out of, I knew more and I understood more. It’s true that it’s [the time difference] frustrating a little bit, but I am a competitor and I don’t like to lose. This rally was the most different than any of the others.”

Asked about that jump on the Ruuhimäki Wolf Power Stage, he said: “It was a nice jump. I don’t know about the record, but it was flying nearly 70 metres. Inside the car it was all well, flying nicely – maybe it looked more dramatic from the outside.”

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