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Fri 10 Mar 2023

Fourmaux fired up for Mexico warm-up

M-Sport Ford drivers Adrien Fourmaux and Jourdan Serderidis will warm up for next week’s Guanajuato Rally México (16 - 19 March) in the considerably cooler climes of the English Lake District on Saturday.

Serderidis makes history by driving a Ford Puma Rally1 car competitively for the first time on a British rally, but it’s his French team-mate Fourmaux who’s chasing a second win on the team’s local event, the Malcolm Wilson Rally.

“It’s really nice to be going back to this event,” said Fourmaux. “The stages are really nice – I just hope they kept the same ones as last time when I won! It’s good to get back on the gravel before we go to Mexico. The last time I drove the Rally2 car on gravel was March last year.”

Twelve months ago, Fourmaux finished second on the Rally of Nations – the event which ran out of Leon on the same roads as next week's WRC fixture.

While Guanajuato is shaping up for close to 30 degrees and wall-to-wall sunshine, Cumbria this weekend is blanketed in snow.

“I know it’s not going to be the same conditions like Mexico,” said Fourmaux, “but the main thing is the seat time – and trying to win the rally! Of course, I won’t take the maximum risk, I want to take confidence into Mexico, but I will be fighting for a good result. Like I said, the roads are nice and I’m looking forward to competing with the British drivers again.”