Fourmaux moves to WRC division head in Croatia with M-Sport and Red Bull
Confirmation of driving in a Ford Fiesta WRC car coincides with news that Red Bull has finalized terms to support the 25-year-old going forward.
Last month, M-Sport said Fourmaux would be awarded some WRC Car outings in 2021 in addition to a full WRC2 campaign in a Ford Fiesta Rally 2 alongside co-driver Renaud Jamoul.
Richard Millener, Ford’s M-Sport team manager, said Fourmaux’s recent performances, including his Rally Islas Canarias victory last November, proved he was ready to take the next step in his career.
Meanwhile, the rebirth of a relationship with Red Bull will see the famous energy drink brand return to a Ford M-Sport in the high-end for the first time since 2018.
“The work to relaunch this partnership with Red Bull has been going on for some time behind the scenes, and it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition now,” said Millener.
“Adrien and Renaud [co-driver] are two of the most dedicated guys I’ve worked with, and it’s great to see that talent and hard work now being rewarded with the endorsement of Red Bull – a truly iconic brand in motorsport and as astute as Malcolm when it comes to spotting the potential of pilots.
“Obviously they saw the same Ogier-esque performances in Adrien as we did.
“He is an extremely intelligent driver with a lot of potential, and we look forward to seeing his progress and contributing to his development in what will be a very important year,” he added.
Fourmaux returns to the action on Arctic Rally Finland this week, round two of the WRC2 season, where he will see the horns with current points leader Andreas Mikkelsen, and former M-Sport driver Esapekka Lappi, who returns in series in a Volkswagen Polo R5.
“I am really delighted to take the step in WRC this year and to follow the path of my rally heroes,” said Fourmaux in reference to Sébastien Ogier, who presented the colors of the energy drink giant at the Fiesta during his title seasons. in 2017 and 2018 with M-Sport.
“This season is extremely important to me and it’s both humbling and motivating that it’s not just M-Sport that continues to trust me – since now Red Bull is also supporting my path.
“My 2021 season started well with a second place in WRC 2 at Rallye Monte-Carlo. And now the goal is to be in the mix for another good result at Arctic Rally Finland this weekend, where I continue my WRC 2 campaign with the support of Red Bull and M-Sport.
“My eyes are also firmly fixed on preparing for my WRC debut at a brand new event at Rally Croatia – and I intend this to be the first step in a long career at the top of the world. world rally, ”he added.