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    Fourmaux retains M-Sport WRC drive for Rally Portugal

    Rally Portugal organisers have this night launched its entry checklist for the 19-22 Might occasion, which incorporates Fourmaux in considered one of 5 M-Sport Ford Pumas set to sort out the primary gravel occasion of the season.

    Query marks had surrounded Fourmaux’s place within the M-Sport line-up after crashing out of final weekend’s Rally Croatia, his third consecutive retirement from as many occasions this season.

    Fourmaux misplaced management of his Puma on a moist patch of tarmac highway in Stage 3, which resulted in a wild crash into the backyard of a residential property. The influence broken the chassis of the Puma, ruling it out of the rest of the rally.

    Talking in an interview with Dirtfish this week, M-Sport crew principal Richard Millener revealed that the crew was probably contemplating its driver line-up choices for Portugal within the wake of the accident.

    Millener had been involved by Fourmaux’s latest asphalt type following a heavy crash on the Monte Carlo season opener however indicated that the crew would help its younger driver when quizzed by Autosport following the crash in Croatia.

    “It’s clear from the statistics that the tarmac occasions is the place he’s making errors,” Millener advised Autosport following Fourmaux’s crash in Croatia.

    “He’s actually upset about this one, as he was genuinely making an attempt so laborious to have a smart clear rally.

    “He hadn’t had any errors up till that time and wasn’t pushing too laborious.

    Adrien Fourmaux, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

    Adrien Fourmaux, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group

    Picture by: M-Sport

    “There’s a few issues that we are able to all study how one can assist him to keep away from that in future, however hindsight is fantastic factor whenever you get to this place.

    “It’s simply difficult, however we are going to work with him and attempt to get him again on monitor for Portugal.”

    The discharge of the Rally Portugal entry checklist confirms a report 12 Rally1 automobiles for the occasion, which has been chosen by the WRC to mark its fiftieth season. A number of particular actions are deliberate to have fun the milestone.

    It was introduced this week that eight-time champion Sebastian Ogier will return to the championship for the second occasion of his part-time WRC programme, taking up the third Toyota GR Yaris pushed in Sweden and Croatia by Esapekka Lappi. He’ll line up alongside Toyota team-mates Kalle Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta.

    Ogier is about to proceed his rivalry with nine-time WRC title winner Sebastien Loeb, who will rejoin M-Sport following his victory over Ogier on his comeback in Monte Carlo. The Frenchman will pilot considered one of 5 M-Sport Fords, with Craig Breen, Gus Greensmith, Fourmaux and Pierre-Louis Loubet additionally current.

    Hyundai will area three i20 Ns for Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo, the latter making his first begin of 2022 within the third automobile vacated by Oliver Solberg.

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