M-Sport Ford faces uphill battle to reclaim WRC podium spots

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team manager, Richard Millener

M-Sport Ford faces uphill battle to reclaim WRC podium spots

Festus Chuma 16:44 - 21.06.2024

WRC team M-Sport Ford aims to overcome challenges and return to podium success in upcoming gravel rally events.

M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener has candidly addressed concerns surrounding the team's performance as they aim for a return to the podium in the upcoming World Rally Championship (WRC) events.

Despite a promising start to the season, recent struggles have raised doubts about their capability to maintain momentum on the gravel tracks.

The team had a strong opening with French driver Adrien Fourmaux achieving two top-three finishes in the first three rounds.

However, the joy was short-lived as technical difficulties began to plague their progress.

"The last rally in Sardinia was one of the toughest European events on the WRC calendar, and it proved difficult to sustain the good run Adrien has enjoyed from the beginning," Millener explained.

The focus then shifted to the mechanical woes that beset Fourmaux's Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid.

An electrical issue during the rally in Italy significantly hindered his performance, a setback for a team with high expectations.

Millener pointed out, "These technical setbacks are frustrating, and they've thrown a spanner in the works for our championship aspirations."

Despite these setbacks, there was a silver lining as Grégoire Munster, another promising talent within the team, managed to clinch his best result so far, finishing fifth.

"We were pleased with Grégoire’s speed and congratulate him and Louis Louka on their best result," said Millener.

Looking forward, the team is gearing up for a trio of faster rallies: ORLEN Rally Poland, Tet Rally Latvia, and Secto Rally Finland.

These events are known for their demanding nature and will test the resilience and adaptability of both the drivers and their vehicles.

"Obviously, these rallies are different in nature and style, and we’re really determined to get back to chasing the podium places," Millener stated.

The rallying community will be watching closely to see if this team can overcome its recent hurdles and make a significant impact on the world stage once more.

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