Sat 27 May 2023

WRC2 victory for Fourmaux is imminent – Millener

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team principal Richard Millener is convinced his team is on the brink of a first WRC2 win of the season with Adrien Fourmaux.

The Frenchman set fastest times and was right at the sharp end of the pace last time out in Portugal – only a pair of Friday afternoon punctures kept him from fighting for a podium and possibly that elusive win for the Ford Fiesta Rally2.

Ahead of Fourmaux’s next WRC outing in Sardinia, Millener said: “Adrien had an absolutely fantastic weekend in Portugal. Being competitive and consistent on nearly every stage showed where he and the car are currently performing, which is very positive to watch.

“An overall WRC2 win is only around the corner.”

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Fourmaux, who is competing on the latest British Rally Championship round – the Scottish Borders’ Jim Clark Rally – this weekend added: “Apart from the punctures, we had no issues with the car in Portugal. It was a very good performance and we were doing well leading up to stage four [when he suffered the first deflation]. 

“It’s a shame about the punctures, but that’s part of the game. On the final day we were focusing on the powerstage, and, in the end, we scored two points so that’s a real positive.”

Jari Huttunen was the last driver to win a WRC2 round in a Fiesta, the Finn winning the 2021 ACI Rally Monza.

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