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Mon 13 Mar 2023

Fourmaux wins Malcolm Wilson Rally

M-Sport Ford star Adrien Fourmaux gave himself the perfect Guanajuato Rally México (16 - 19 March) warm-up with a win at the opening round of the British Rally Championship last weekend.

Shortly before flying out to León for WRC2 action, the Frenchman won a snow-shortened Malcolm Wilson Rally in northern England.

Driving a Ford Fiesta Rally2, Fourmaux and co-driver Alex Coria won three of the five stages to take victory by close to a minute on Saturday.

“I think we knew it wasn’t going to be the perfect conditions for a Mexico test,” said Fourmaux. “The conditions, the ice, made it really interesting and these stages are just beautiful. I won this rally before and I’m happy to do it again – to win the Malcolm Wilson Rally is special.

“It’s important to get seat time before Mexico and I was happy for this. The last time I drove this car was a year ago on gravel. I had a good time on this rally, it was really, really good fun.”

This week will be Fourmaux’s debut on Mexico’s WRC round, although he did finish second on last year’s Rally of Nations which ran on the same roads around Guanajuato.

M-Sport also fielded a Ford Puma Rally1 for Jourdan Serderidis at the Malcolm Wilson Rally. The Greek driver – who had WRC2 competitor Grégoire Munster co-driving – finished ninth.

Images: Jakob Ebrey/BRC