M-Sport Ford end season in style in ACI Rally Monza

M-Sport Ford end season in style in ACI Rally Monza

30.11.2020: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s fleet of EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiestas will end the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship in style this week as the team journey to the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza for a thrilling final round – ACI Rally Monza.


M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s fleet of EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiestas will end the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship in style this week as the team journey to the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza for a thrilling final round – ACI Rally Monza.
 



New to the championship calendar, the event takes in a number of stages around the historic circuit as well as a day in the mountains north of Bergamo. Lowered and stiffened the Fiestas have been transformed into their aggressive asphalt guise, with three Ford Fiesta WRCs for Esapekka Lappi, Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith, and a Ford Fiesta Rally2 for Adrien Fourmaux.
 


Determined to close the year with a positive result, the Cumbrian squad has proven form at the Monza-based event and will be looking to put past experience to good use. Winning the event nine times – seven with Valentino Rossi (2006–2007, 2012, 2015–2018), once with Rinaldo Capello (2008) and once with Robert Kubica (2014) – the team are geared up for the fight and ready to take to one of motorsport’s most iconic venues.
 




Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:
 


“It’s been a tough year and we all wanted to see another rally to end the season in style – and that’s exactly what we’re getting with ACI Rally Monza. Full credit to the FIA, WRC Promotor, and ACI organisers for ensuring this event goes ahead. Speaking as Team Principal, we plan to finish the year fighting at an event the team knows well, and speaking as a rally fan, we’re in for another fantastic fight for the championship which I can’t wait to see!
 


“Our WRC crews haven’t had a lot of seat time this year and Esapekka and Teemu haven’t driven the Fiesta on asphalt since Rallye Monte-Carlo at the start of the year. But we know the car is competitive on Tarmac and they both have a history of circuit racing which should help them hit the ground running. Gus has also had a day at Goodwood to get back into the swing of things, and I hope all three of them are able to close the year on the high.
 

“Promoting our flagship customer car, Adrien has had the benefit of a lot more running recently and his performance at last weekend’s Rally Islas Canarias was fantastic. The conditions were extremely challenging, and he was going up against some really tough competition – coming out on top to show what he and the Fiesta Rally2 are capable of. It was a brilliant drive and a thoroughly deserved win – now let’s see if we can repeat it in WRC 2.”  





LAPPI / FERM



This might be Esapekka Lappi’s first time rallying at Monza, but the Finn has a history of circuit racing having started his career in karting. Taking confidence from the Fiesta’s performance on asphalt at the start of the year, he and co-driver Janne Ferm will be looking to end the season on a high.
 




Esapekka Lappi said:
 


“It’s been a crazy year, but good to get another rally in before the end of the season. I’ve not been to Monza Rally Show before, but I started my career in circuit racing and am really looking forward to seeing what these cars can do on this track.


We’ve not driven the Fiesta on Tarmac since Rallye Monte-Carlo back in January so we’ll need to get a feel for it straight away. But the Fiesta felt good in Monte, and if we can get a good set-up for the stages then I think it’ll be a really enjoyable end to the season.”




SUNINEN / LEHTINEN


Having finished second to Valentino Rossi at the Monza Rally Show in 2018, Teemu Suninen knows what it takes to excel around this famous racetrack. The young Finn also started his career in karting, and will be hoping that gives him an advantage as he and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen aim to challenge for a strong result.                                                           
 

Teemu Suninen said:

 
“I’m really looking forward to Rally Monza. I was there in 2018 and have a lot of really great memories – it’s definitely one of the best events I’ve ever done with a world rally car. The format will be a bit different this year with a day in the mountains, but driving these cars on that circuit is going to be so good.



All the power and aero makes them so much fun to drive on the track, and I can’t wait to experience it again. I started my career in circuit racing, and hope that will help me challenge for a good result to end the year.”






GREENSMITH / EDMONDSON



Gus Greensmith and Elliott Edmondson are another crew never to have rallied at Monza, but the Brits got a feel for track rallying last week – completing a one-day test at Goodwood. Getting accustomed to the precise driving style needed to extract the most from the racetrack, the pairing will be keen to put all they learnt into practice this week.
 


Gus Greensmith said:


 
“I’ve not done anything like this event before, but really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and seeing what a world rally car can do on such an historic racetrack. The Fiesta felt good in Monte so I’m looking forward to Saturday’s mountain stages; pacenotes will be really important, so I’ve spent a lot of time with Elliott trying to make improvements since Sardinia.


Also to best prepare for the circuit we spent a day at Goodwood – adapting to the style needed to really attack at Monza. Hopefully this will be a fun event to end season and we can finish the year on a high.”






FOURMAUX / JAMOUL


Fresh from victory at Rally Islas Canarias, Adrien Fourmaux and Renaud Jamoul will be looking to repeat their recent success as they contest the WRC 2 category with M-Sport’s latest flagship car – the Ford Fiesta Rally2.



The young Frenchman may not have driven at Monza before, but two asphalt rallies in the lead-up to the event should see him match fit and ready to fight for the top positions.
 




Adrien Fourmaux said:

 

“We had a great result at Rally Islas Canarias. I was really happy with our performance because it was a very tough weekend with very challenging conditions. A big thanks to the team because everything was perfect and it was really good preparation for Monza.


The team have been brilliant and I’ve been lucky to have quite a few rallies recently. So now let’s see if we can continue the good work and push for another strong result in WRC 2.”





 ANNA LOUISE RUDD

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/m-sport-ford-end-season-aci-rally-monza---216770.html

30.11.2020 / MaP

More News

Hyundai Motorsport Rally Monza preview and quotes
29.11.2020
•    The final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Monza, will prove decisive in the close fight for this year’s manufacturers’ championship•    Hyundai Motorsport holds a seven-point advantage more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing ready for championship showdown at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’
29.11.2020
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is ready to face a unique title decider when Rally Monza runs as the final round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship on December 3-6. The team will travel to Italy with Elfyn Evans and Sébastien Ogier as the more >>
It’s showdown time: Kajetanowicz on iconic Formula 1 circuit at Monza
29.11.2020
The 2020 World Rally Championship season enters the final straight. Rally Monza – a new WRC event – takes place on 3-6 December. This famous Formula 1 circuit will host the best rally drivers of the world, including the LOTOS Rally Team duo – Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak. more >>
Past, Present and Future of Toyota Rally in WRC 9
25.11.2020
    All-new GR Yaris Rally Concept introduced in latest WRC 9 update    Offers gamers and fans a tantalising glimpse into the future    Gamers can also experience 2020 Yaris WRC and 1999 Corolla WRC more >>
Franco Morbidelli makes his debut in WRC at the ACI Rally Monza with WITHU and Hyundai Rally Team Italia
21.11.2020
The exciting 2020 season of WITHU and Hyundai Rally Team Italia is not over yet and is all set for a great finale. The forthcoming ACI Rally Monza is the closing round of the World Rally Championship that will get underway on December 3-6 in Monza and for the occasion one of the Hyundais i20 R5 will be driven by Franco Morbidelli, the Italian rider contesting the MotoGP World Championship with more >>
All necessary planning for ACI Rally Monza is continuing at full pace
19.11.2020
The current Prime Ministerial decree for COVID restrictions that is in place in Italy until the 3rd December continues to allow professional sport to take place in Italy behind closed doors, and all planning for ACI Rally Monza has always been conducted under these known regulations. The event is fully compliant with the decree and ready to take place.FIA and WRC Promote more >>
WRC celebrates 25 years since McRae’s historic world title
17.11.2020
•       Twenty-five years ago, Colin McRae rewrote rallying’s record books by becoming the youngest ever world champion•       A special WRC TV documentary hono more >>
M-Sport Completes Ladder of Opportunity with the all-new Fiesta Rally3
14.11.2020
The all-new M-Sport Fiesta Rally3 is the first car built for the FIA’s Rally3 category, completing M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ and the FIA Rally Pyramid.  Rally3 is a new category of rally car created to provide an more >>
Hyundai Motorsport marks one-year anniversary of first WRC title
12.11.2020
•    Hyundai Motorsport claimed its first-ever FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title one year ago today•    The achievement was the result of six seasons of continued growth and development for the team, having made its debut in Rallye Monte-Carlo 2014•    The team started i more >>
FIA Junior WRC Championship finale heads to Monza
06.11.2020
The fourth and final round of the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship will take place during ACI Rally Monza on December 4-6, which is also the scheduled finale for the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship.The traditional end-of-season celebratio more >>
Renties Ypres Rally Belgium cancelled
30.10.2020
Superstage Club is forced to cancel Renties Ypres Rally Belgium, the penultimate round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. From 20 to 22 November, a round of the FIA World Rally Championship was scheduled to take place in Belgium for the first time in history, but the current figures for the Covid-19 decided otherwise.  more >>
Pirelli completes preliminary WRC testing programme
21.10.2020
After analysing all the data gathered so far, Pirelli has completed its initial WRC testing programme in preparation for next year’s World Rally Championship, having racked up a total of around 1400 kilometres in Sardinia – or the competitive equivalent of nearly five world championship rallies. more >>
Huttunen heads R5 runners with strong run in Sardinia
20.10.2020
Jari Huttunen finished an excellent eighth overall on Rally Italia Sardegna (October 8-11), claiming not only his second WRC 3 win of the season, but also the best result of any of the R5 crews entered on the rally. Though the Hyundai Poland Racing driver was only the more >>
Ypres Rally and Hospital agree on 2,500 Covid tests for WRC Rally in November
18.10.2020
"All employees and participants will be tested" From 20 to 22 November, for the first time in the history of our country, the World Rally Championship will be held in Belgium. Renties Ypres Rally Belgium is preparing to organise t more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program - A learning experience for Katsuta in Sardinia
12.10.2020
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta experienced a tough weekend in the latest round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Italia Sardegna, which ended in retirement following a crash on the final day. Taking place on the Itali more >>
Petter Solberg and Andreas Mikkelsen put on a Power Stage show for Pirelli
12.10.2020
-       Petter Solberg and Andreas Mikkelsen drive Pirelli’s test car at Rally Italia-       The Norwegians have a lot of fun and set a very respectable time in the  Sassari-Argentiera test-       Petter impressed with Pirelli’s all-new Scorpion KX Sof more >>
The Citroen C3 R5 still leads the WRC3 with Bulacia
12.10.2020
The C3 R5 once again showed clear speed as it collected a number of WRC2 and WRC3 stage wins at Rally Sardegna and enabled Marco Bulacia to claim third place in the WRC3.•    With six crews competing in Sardegna (Østberg-Eriksen, more >>
Tom Kristensson takes fourth career win
11.10.2020
•    Tom Kristensson took a commanding victory on Rally d’Italia Sardinia bouncing back from a retirement on Rally Estonia.•    Fabrizio Zaldivar becomes the first every Paraguayan to take a podium in FIA Junior WRC, taking his best ever result with second.•    Martins Sesks and S more >>
Hyundai Rally Italia Sardegna: WRC 2 review and quotes
11.10.2020
                   •    Ole Christian Veiby completed Rally Italia Sardegna second of the WRC 2 entrants after a weekend of highs and lows for the Hyundai Motorsport crews•    Veiby battled through numerous punctures over the weekend t more >>
Success for Kajetanowicz and Szczepaniak, second WRC2 place in Rally Italia Sardegna!
11.10.2020
Another excellent performance of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak in the World Rally Championship. The LOTOS Rally Team grabbed a great second position in Rally Italia Sardegna, scoring their second podium finish this year. The Poles yet again defeated all factory WRC-2 crews in straight fight, claiming an excellent ninth position in the overall standings! more >>
Ogier on the podium, Evans remains championship leader for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
11.10.2020
  Rally Italia Sardegna came down to an exciting finale with Sébastien Ogier claiming a podium finish in his Toyota Yaris WRC in third overall after a valiant effort on the final day. Elfyn Evans finished fourth and continues to lead the drivers’ championship, 14 points ahea more >>
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team postives from a perfect start
11.10.2020
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Teemu Suninen and Jarmo Lehtinen brought their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC home in fifth place at this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardegna – the final gravel event of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.  more >>
Hyundai Motorsport and Dani Sordo victory in Rally Italia Sardegna
11.10.2020
Rally Italia Sardegna – Day Three Sunday, October 11th 2020  Hyundai Motorsport has taken its third victory of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship with its third consecutive Rally Italia Sardegna win• more >>
Retirements in Rally Sardegna 2020
11.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSunday, October 11th 2020 4     FIN E. LAPPI     FIN J. FERM     Fiesta WRC     M     RC1     SF2 &nb more >>
Rally Sardegna classification
11.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSunday, October 11th 2020 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WRC     M     RC1   more >>
Dani Sordo wins Rally Sardegna Rally ahead of Neuville and Ogier - top10
11.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSunday, October 11th 2020 ...more to follow1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WRC     more >>
Rally Sardegna stage 15 top 20 - 9,2sec battle between Sordo and Ogier two stages to run
11.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSunday, October 11th 2020  SS15 CALA FLUMINI 2 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WRC    more >>
Rally Sardegna stage 14 fight Sordo, Ogier and Neuville battle
11.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSunday, October 11th 2020SS14 SASSARI - ARGENTIERA 1 (LIVE TV) 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WR more >>
Rally Sardegna stage 13 - Dani Sordo in lead ahead of Ogier and Neuville
11.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSunday, October 11th 2020SS13 CALA FLUMINI 1 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WRC    more >>
Hyundai Motorsport crew Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio lead Rally Italia Sardegna by 27.4-seconds
10.10.2020
...after 12 of the weekend’s 16 special stagesRally Italia Sardegna – Day Two •    Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul remain firmly in the podium hunt in third place, just 1.5-seconds from more >>
Rally Italia Sardegna: Swedish SKODA privateer Pontus Tidemand maintains WRC2 lead
10.10.2020
› After the second leg, former WRC2 champion Pontus Tidemand and co-driver Patrik Barth (ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo) from Sweden top the category with more than one minute   › Title contender Kajetan K more >>
Ogier climbs to second place in the Toyota Yaris WRC
10.10.2020
Rally Italia Sardegna: Day 2 Sébastien Ogier surged into second place heading into the final day of Rally Italia Sardegna after he won four of Saturday’s six stages in the Toyota Yaris WRC.  During the morning loop of four more >>
Fortune's wheel turns in Sardinia
10.10.2020
Fortune’s wheel is forever turning, and that was certainly the case for the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs at Rally Italia Sardegna today. Having taken an early lead through yesterday’s stages, Teemu Sun more >>
Tom Kristensson holds convincing lead going into Sardinia Rally Sunday
10.10.2020
•    Tom Kristensson extended his lead through Saturday’s six stages on Rally d’Italia Sardegna while also increasing his stage win points tally.  •    Sami Pajari started the day in a short-lived second position, retiring on the opening stage of the day after breaking a driveshaft over a jump.& more >>
Kajetanowicz and Szczepaniak in second position ahead of the final leg in Rally Italia Sardegna
10.10.2020
Saturday turned out to be a great day for Polish competitors. Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Maciej Szczepaniak fight for victory on gravel roads in Sardinia, in round six of the 2020 World Rally Championship. After two legs and twelve special stages, the LOTOS Rally Team crew hold second position in their category and excellent ninth place in the overall standings. Their great pace is highlighted by more >>
Sordo closes on repeat Rally Italia win after dramatic Saturday
10.10.2020
 Spaniard excels to maintain lead over Sébastien Ogier. Dani Sordo strengthened his lead at Rally Italia Sardegna on Saturday in his pursuit of back-to-back victories on the Mediterranean island.The Spaniard compl more >>
Rally Sardegna Saturday standings after final stage - Sordo ahead of Ogier
10.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSaturday, October 10th 2020 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coupé WRC     M   more >>
Rally Sardegna stage 11 top 35 - Sordo leads Neuville
10.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSaturday, October 10th 2020 Overall - SS11 SEDINI - CASTELSARDO 2 (LIVE TV) 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO  &n more >>
Rally Sardegna stage 10 - Sordo remain in lead ahead of Ogier and Neuville
10.10.2020
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally Italia SardegnaSaturday, October 10th 2020 Overall - SS10 COILUNA - LOELLE 2 / LIVE TV 1     6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. DEL BARRIO     i20 Coup&ea more >>

Kategorien

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright