Thursday | 21 Jan 2021

Tough fight ahead in big-name WRC2 opener

The stage is set for an exciting scrap amongst a fiercely high quality WRC2 field at this week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo (21 - 24 January).

Adrien Fourmaux will lead the field away, once again at the wheel of the M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2 he guided to third in the championship last year. The Frenchman will be out to impress and hopes to bag a maiden WRC2 victory for the Fiesta machine. 

“It’s great to be starting my season at this legendary event again,” he explained. 

“The conditions are always tricky, and I expect this year to be no different. But it’s those conditions that create some fantastic stories – and I hope that we will be the subject of one of those stories this year!”

Bolivian youngster Marco Bulacia makes the step up to WRC2 after finishing runner-up in WRC3 during 2020. His progression also brings a change of car, with the 20-year-old switching to a Skoda Fabia Rally2 for the defending champion Tøksport team. 

Eric Camilli's Ace Africa liveried Citroën C3

Bulacia will be able to take plenty of advice from new team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, who also starts in his identical car. The three-time WRC rally winner has competed here seven times in a range of machinery.

“I am aiming for the WRC2 title and want to win the category at each event I am competing in. To start with, Rallye Monte-Carlo is an event I like, where I have achieved good results in the past. Tyre choice is always difficult, we have to get this right to win,” said Mikkelsen.

Eric Camilli is another man with a wealth of Monte experience. The Frenchman claimed a commanding WRC3 victory here last year and will be pushing hard from the get-go. His Citroën C3 Rally2 will sport a new livery to raise awareness for the Ace Africa humanitarian charity. 

Enrico Brazzoli (Skoda) and Sean Johnston (Citroën) round out the entry list on their WRC2 debuts. 

Both Nikolay Gryazin and Oliver Solberg have entered in Volkswagen Polo R5 and Hyundai i20 R5 cars respectively. However, the pair have chosen not to score points this weekend, which means their finishing positions will not be reflected in the category standings. 

Full coverage from Rallye Monte-Carlo will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.