The M-Sport World Rally Team’s Esapekka Lappi had a strong end to his 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season as he ended the ACI Rally Monza in fourth place overall.
The Finn ended the Rally just behind Dani Sordo and speaking following the event Lappi said:
This was a good weekend for us and we can be pleased with our performance. It was good to be back on Tarmac, and good to see that we can be competitive in these tricky conditions.
“Things didn’t always go our way and we were quite unlucky at times, but I was very happy with my driving and we proved that we can be up there fighting at the top.
“A big thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the year, and to the FIA, WRC Promotor and event organisers for ensuring we could finish the season and continue rallying in these difficult time.
It was a disappointing event for Teemu Suninen who retired from the Rally while in WRC2, Adrien Fourmuax came home in fourth place and speaking following the event he said:
“I think it was a good rally for us. Of course we are a little disappointed about yesterday’s mistake as we had the performance to win here this weekend – but we had good pace and showed many things for the future.
“On the whole, it was a very good season. We learnt a lot and were strong on all of the rallies which was very good. I also want to say a big thanks to the team for all of their support and hard work – and I hope I can be back working with them again next year.”
M-Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:
We had the pace to win the rally and the WRC 2 class this weekend, so there is an element of disappointment; but we can still take a lot of confidence away from this performance and everyone can be really proud of what we’ve achieved over the last two rallies especially.
“It’s no secret that this has been a tough year for M-Sport and we’re not in the same position as the other teams – so to lead two rallies on the bounce is pretty impressive.
“I also want to say a big thanks to everyone at the FIA, WRC Promotor and event organisers who worked tirelessly to ensure we could finish the season with seven events. Every rally has been exciting to watch, and I’ve personally enjoyed watching the action unfold.”