British-based M-Sport Ford World Rally Team will continue its preparations for a World Rally Championship return at Rally Estonia from 04-06 September, with two cars entered in the upcoming Rally di Roma, from 24-26 July.
Italian driver ‘Pedro’ will enter a Ford Fiesta WRC on the opening European Rally Championship round of the season, with M-Sport driver Adrien Fourmaux also competing in an Orange1 Racing-run Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.
While Fourmaux hasn’t started in the Italian capital previously, he was in sensational form to post six fastest times at the WRC season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo back in January.
M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson said he would be delighted to see his cars back out with numbers on the doors again.
“It’s been a tough time for the business over the past few months,” said Wilson, “so it’s great to see competitive rallying now starting to return in Europe. Rally di Roma signals the restart of international rallying and provides the perfect platform for us to showcase our cars in what is sure to be a really competitive field. And I think I speak for every rally fan when I say that I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sport’s big names back battling it out on the stages.”
‘Pedro’ will compete on back-to-back events, tackling Rally di Alba the week after Rome in what he’s described as a dream come true.
He said: “This is an amazing opportunity for me that I never expected. When M-Sport decided to compete at Rally di Roma, they asked if I would also like the opportunity to drive their top-specification Fiesta on home soil and I only had to think for a couple of seconds before accepting! Thanks to M-Sport, I will be living a dream and for this I will be forever grateful. This is the crowning achievement of my life as a rally enthusiast and I will be 100 per cent committed to giving my best and making the most of this fantastic experience.”
Fourmaux added: “I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel, and this is a great opportunity for me to prove our pace. I don’t know these stages, but I’ve always liked the challenge of experiencing a new rally for the first time. We showed good pace on asphalt at the start of the year and I think we are quite confident on this surface. The podium is our target and I would be really happy if we were able to fight for the victory too.”