Tuesday | 20 Jun 2017

2017-spec debut for Kremer

Armin Kremer will drive a latest generation World Rally Car at his home round of the championship, ADAC Rally Deutschland [17-20 August].

The German will pilot an M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta on the asphalt event, and join a select group of individuals to have piloted the 380bhp cars in competition.

In recent years, 48-year-old Kremer [above right] has been a regular in the WRC 2 class, driving a Skoda Fabia R5.

But over his 25-year career he has also won three German rally titles, in 1996, 1998 and 1999, as well as the 2001 European Championship and 2003 Asia-Pacific Championship.

"I am overwhelmed and proud, it is an honour and a great pleasure, but also a huge challenge for me to compete in the same rally car as the four-time world champion Sébastien Ogier," said Kremer, who drove the Fiesta at a short test in England earlier this month.

"It's still too early to make a prediction for the rally but with the support of the M-Sport drivers and engineers I'm sure I'll be able to find the best set-up. If you know me, you'll know how much I want to get a decent result and give the German fans a good show!"

Kremer and his co-driver Pirmin Winklhofer will get a further day in the car at M-Sport's pre-event test in August.

Team boss Malcom Wilson [above left] said: "It is great to welcome Armin to our team. It is fantastic to have a German driver at his home event and I am sure that he will enjoy every single minute of it. I have no doubt that his extensive knowledge on these very special routes will be valuable for the whole team."

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