The M Sport Ford WRC Team had an extremely strong Safari Rally Kenya with Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith coming home in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Speaking following the action, Fourmaux commented saying:
The only strategy this morning was to bring the car back. The Safari Rally has been probably the nicest experience that I have ever had in my career, a really great adventure. This country is sometimes completely crazy, especially the road sections, on the way back to the hotel yesterday we were completely blocked for more than 90 minutes but it’s a great adventure, the welcome has been truly amazing. I love it.
The final day brought us the roughest, rockiest stages of the event but also the most beautiful, right up in the middle mountains with so many amazing animals that I can’t wait to watch it back on the TV. There was less time to enjoy it today but on the recce we saw monkeys, zebras, giraffes, everything to be honest.
To end the rally, my second event on gravel in the Ford Fiesta WRC, with a stage win and with fourth position, is an incredible feeling and I think it will bring good memories for a long time. Thank you to everyone on the team, and thank you Africa.
Gus Greensmith commented on his weekend saying:
Generally it was a very good rally. Fourth and fifth was very good for the team, it brings us some good points. We had some bad luck with the rain yesterday but it was a very good and fair battle with Adrien this weekend. Last time we battled this close together in Portugal I came out on top, this time it was his turn! Congratulations to him on securing fourth place and now it’s time to focus on Estonia.“
M Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:
Our tyre strategy today was dictated by what was left in the allocations. Unfortunately, Gus suffered a bit with his soft rubber early on and that left him short for today. On that basis I think he can draw a lot of satisfaction from the sort of pace that he was able to show and of course getting both cars to the finish line after 18 car-breaking stages in some wild weather at times means that it is mission: accomplished.
“Adrien was running at his own pace today, and obviously some of the cars around him were concentrating on their own rallies and maintaining their own pace. That presented an opportunity to claim a stage win and he was more than capable of seizing it when the moment came.
“In the big picture a stage win might not bring huge returns in terms of points but it is a tremendous reward for the guys and girls in the team who work so hard on every event, not least the Safari with its enormous logistical challenges, to have that one in the record books.
Returning to an event on which Ford has such a fabulous heritage and coming back with our best team result of the year, together with winning the 100th stage of this year’s WRC campaign, is a really satisfying moment and great reward for the team.”