Tuesday | 23 Feb 2021

Fourmaux set for Croatia World Rally Car debut

M-Sport Ford’s Adrien Fourmaux will make his top-level World Rally Car debut at the Croatia Rally (22 - 25 April).

The 25-year-old Frenchman is mixing a WRC2 title tilt with several outings in a Fiesta World Rally Car and the first of those will come on asphalt at Croatia’s maiden FIA World Rally Championship fixture.

Fourmaux’s fledgling WRC career received a boost on Tuesday when it was announced that Red Bull will join forces with M-Sport to support his career.

His Fiesta Rally2 will sport a new Red Bull livery at this week’s Arctic Rally Finland (26 - 28 February) before his World Rally Car bow at the next round in Croatia.

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“My 2021 season started well at Rallye Monte-Carlo with second place in WRC2. Now the aim is to be in the mix for victory once again at this week’s Arctic Rally Finland, where I continue my WRC2 campaign with the support of Red Bull and M-Sport in a strong partnership,” Fourmaux explained.

“My eyes are also firmly fixed on preparing for my WRC debut at a brand-new event, the Croatia Rally in April – and I intend for this to be the first step of a long career at the top level of world rally.”

Red Bull’s striking livery was last seen on the British squad’s Fiestas when Sébastien Ogier won back-to-back drivers’ titles in 2017 and 2018. The company also backed fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb during his run of nine world titles from 2004 to 2012.

“I’m really excited to be making the step up to WRC this year and following in the path that my rally heroes have taken in the past.

“This season is an extremely important one for me and it is both humbling and motivating that it’s not just M-Sport who continue to put their faith in me, as now Red Bull is also supporting my journey,” added Fourmaux.

He joined M-Sport Ford’s WRC2 line-up in 2020 when he finished third in the standings and managing director Malcolm Wilson believes he has an important role to play as the WRC prepares for a new sustainable hybrid era in 2022.

“Red Bull sees the same potential in Adrien as we do, and it’s fantastic to welcome them back to the M-Sport family. We have achieved some truly incredible performances with Red Bull, and my hope is to see the team replicate those performances as we target a return to the top of the podium,” he said.

“This is the first step in a concerted effort towards coming out fighting with the new regulations. A lot of our resources are going into ensuring we have the best possible package going into 2022, and to have Red Bull onboard this year is a huge positive for the team.

Team principal Richard Millener added: “Clearly, they have seen the same Ogier-esque performances in Adrien as we have. He’s an extremely intelligent driver with a lot of potential, and we’re looking forward to witnessing his progress and aiding his development in what will be a very important year.”