Fourmaux is ready to start a second try as a full-time Rally1 driver this season – beginning in Monte Carlo this weekend – with the Frenchman drafted in to guide the Ford group following Ott Tanak’s departure to Hyundai.
Final season the group opted to demote Fourmaux to its Rally2 squad after an eventful 2022 Rally1 marketing campaign that was plagued by crashes.
The transfer seems to have benefitted the 28-year-old, who impressed in Rally2 equipment in 2023, recording a string of sturdy ends in WRC2 whereas profitable the British Rally Championship. The success has in the end warranted a recall to the Rally1 squad for 2024.
“I believe we’ve got proven final yr that we’ve got been enhancing lots with [co-driver] Alex [Coria] and with our administration of rallies and plenty of different issues,” Fourmaux informed Autosport.
“I believe we’ve got extra expertise as we’ve got performed 16 rallies final yr and obtained actually good outcomes, so now I’m trying ahead to getting again within the Rally1 and hope to do what we did in 2023 on this automotive.”
M-Sport’s group principal has additionally seen a major enchancment in his driver in comparison with the 2022 marketing campaign.
”Yeah, 2022 was a tricky yr for Adrien. There have been a number of errors. It was a troublesome season for the group itself and [team owner] Malcolm [Wilson] selected to place Adrien again to Rally2 and it has labored up to now and I’d argue that it labored once more final yr,” Millener informed Autosport.
”We noticed Adrien develop as a driver and he’s lots stronger mentally and he has higher driving consistency, and he’s actually good at controlling his drives and figuring out the place to push and when to carry again.
”However after Rally Japan sadly he has solely had two days testing earlier than Monte Carlo, which is hardly something, so we’ve got to let him get again in control.
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Adrien Fourmaux, Alexandre Coria, M-Sport Ford World Rally Group Ford Puma Rally1
”He’s undoubtedly a unique driver and profitable the British championship was particular as properly and having a title below your belt is sweet technique to have a mentally Positive perspective and hopefully that may progress into some good outcomes.”
M-Sport has opted for a younger driver line-up to pilot its pair of Ford Pumas with Fourmaux joined by Gregoire Munster, who has additionally obtained a promotion from the Rally2 squad.
Munster heads into Monte Carlo having contested two WRC rounds driving the Puma in Chile and Central Europe final yr.
Given the relative inexperience of the drivers in comparison with these driving for Toyota and Hyundai, Millener says the group must be life like relating to this 2024 targets, however feels podiums are attainable.
”We have to be life like as we’ve got two younger drivers within the automotive,” Millener added. ”I don’t suppose we’d be doing our job correctly if we mentioned we weren’t aiming for a podium.
”Adrien desires to be there [in Rally1] and fought to be there all by means of final yr. He has a degree that he desires to show, and we stay up for seeing how he’ll go. However we’ve got additionally obtained to be smart and take into consideration constant outcomes over this yr as not everyone seems to be doing a full season this.
”It does really give us a chance to trigger some upsets alongside the best way and get some good constant outcomes to have good place within the championship as properly which is essential.
”Gregoire however remains to be very new to the automotive and had season with us final yr and know the group very properly. His restricted runs within the Rally1 have been attention-grabbing and he improved on each stage in each rally he did, and the chance got here spherical for him to have a full season.
”I believe it’s thrilling to have two children within the group and there’s a lot much less strain and no expectations essentially.”