Thu 17 Feb 2022

M-Sport points the way to four-pronged Puma attack

M-Sport Ford is pushing to run four hybrid-powered Puma Rally1 cars on as many rounds of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship as possible.

The British squad ran a quartet of cars at round one in Monte-Carlo, with Sébastien Loeb, Craig Breen and Gus Greensmith all finishing in the top five.

It had planned to do the same at Rally Sweden (24 - 27 February). Italian privateer Lorenzo Bertelli was scheduled to take the fourth car in Loeb’s absence, but his work commitments have precluded such a move.

Team principal Richard Millener said: “It’s a shame about Lorenzo, but hopefully we’ll see him out in a car on a WRC round later this year.

“The plan for us is to run as many cars as we can. I’d say we’re 75% of the way there to getting four cars on every round once we’re past Sweden.

“We’re talking to people all the time – these cars have really captured the imagination and people want to be back competing at the sport’s highest level.”

Greek driver Jourdan Serderidis became the first customer to purchase a Rally1 car, with his deal to acquire a Puma confirmed last week. The Luxembourg-based privateer is expected to compete on his home event in Greece having warmed up at Safari Rally Kenya earlier.

Millener added: “We’re really happy for Jourdan. He’s a fantastic customer for us and we look forward to working with him with the car this year.

“The interest in Rally1 is strong from all around the world. Naturally, the start of a new homologation cycle renews interest, but I think people are understanding that these cars are available and competing in them is something achievable.”

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