M-Sport Ford World Rally Team ready for asphalt action in Croatia

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team ready for asphalt action in Croatia

19.04.2021: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs will be let loose on pure asphalt next week as the FIA World Rally Championship ventures to Rally Croatia for a brand-new challenge.


M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs will be let loose on pure asphalt next week as the FIA World Rally Championship ventures to Rally Croatia for a brand-new challenge.
 



Based in the vibrant city of Zagreb, the stages run through some of Croatia’s most beautiful countryside and will be new to all crews. Fast and narrow, the first pure-asphalt tests of the year will challenge the world’s best drivers with tricky crests and jumps; and the pre-event reconnaissance will be more important than ever – demanding full focus from the drivers as they note every detail in pursuit of the cleanest and fastest stage times.
 


In a weekend of debuts for the Cumbrian squad, Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux will take to the wheel of the Fiestas WRCs – Greensmith sitting alongside new co-driver Chris Patterson, and Fourmaux making his WRC debut behind the wheel of the top-specification Fiesta. Both crews will also benefit from the latest engine upgrade – boosting the confidence of the squad’s young drivers with increased power and performance.
 


In the WRC 2 category, Teemu Suninen will be joined by last year’s FIA Junior WRC Champion Tom Kristensson in a pair of EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta Rally2s. The Fiesta Rally3 will also be making its FIA World Rally Championship debut in the hands of Hungarian driver Zoltán Lászlónd, and the FIA Junior WRC Championship gets underway with eight identical EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta Rally4s prepared by M-Sport Poland.
 


Highlighting the continued popularity of the Blue Oval throughout all levels of competition, 41 percent of the entry will compete behind the wheel of Ford machinery representing almost all levels of M-Sport Ford’s Ladder of Opportunity – strengthening the team’s commitment to supporting the sport from grass-root to top-level rallying.
 



Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:


 
“It feels like a long time since we’ve been rallying, and I think everyone is looking forward to travelling to Rally Croatia. There’s something special about experiencing a new event for the first time, and next week will be no exception. I’m excited to see what the stages will be like, as I’m sure the drivers are too, and we’re all keen to get the season back underway with a positive result.


 
“Next week’s event will be a real rally of debuts for us – Gus benefitting from the experience of Chris Patterson in the co-driver’s seat and Adrien taking to the wheel of the Fiesta WRC for the first time at this level. We’ll also have the engine upgrade in both cars – producing more power at the top end and boosting the confidence of both drivers on a surface which they and we tend to perform well.


 
“We’re carrying out our pre-event test on location this weekend, and plan for Gus and Adrien to each complete a day and a half behind the wheel – getting familiar with the performance of Pirelli’s P Zero tyres and dialling the cars into the Croatian asphalt.
 


“It’s also good to have Teemu and Tom with us in WRC 2. We’re trying to support Teemu as much as we can with as many outings as possible, and we’re pleased to see Tom join the team after winning the FIA Junior WRC Championship last year. His progress is a great example of our Ladder of Opportunity, and it’s fantastic to see so many aspects of that initiative in action next week – something that’s only strengthened by the fact 41 percent of the entry will be behind the wheel of a Ford.”






ANNA LOUISE RUDD, photo M-Sport

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