The M-Sport Ford WRC Team brought both cars home inside the top ten in Arctic Rally Finland in Lapland on Sunday with Teemu Suninen ending the event in eighth place while Gus Greensmith came home in ninth place. Speaking following the event, Suninen commented saying:
Our rally was pretty good with no issues or mistakes, and I was enjoying the stages a lot. The car felt really nice to drive, and I would say that this is one of the rallies I have enjoyed the most in my career with really nice winter conditions.
“Of course it was a bit disappointing to see that the stage times weren’t where we wanted them to be, but we have struggled in the fast rallies before. In the slower sections the pace was good and we were amongst some of the fastest drivers – so this is where we can aim to make a difference in the next events.
Gus Greensmith commented on his event saying:
Overall I would say that it has been a pretty good weekend for us. The stages have been incredible, and I was happy with my driving – especially on Saturday morning. But of course there’s still work to do and there will always be more to learn.
“It was also a bit disappointing to have given so much time away in the first stage because that hampered us for the rest of the event. I think that’s one of the main things I will take away from this weekend – knowing that I can’t be giving road position away as it doesn’t help me show my potential.”
Adrien Fourmaux ended the WRC2 event in ninth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“The end result wasn’t the one we wanted, but I’m still happy because our goal was to improve our pace throughout the weekend and that’s what we did. We were 0.7 seconds per kilometre off the top guys at the start of the rally, and by the final stage it was only 0.2 seconds per kilometre.
“I have learnt a lot, which was the most important thing for me on this unfamiliar surface, and I’m really happy to have done this rally. The stages were incredible and so much fun to drive. It’s just a shame for the team and my sponsors that we weren’t able to reach our full potential, and I am sorry for that.
M Sport Ford Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:
I think we can all agree how fantastic the stages have been and what a top job the organisers have done here in Rovaniemi.
“It’s not quite been our weekend, but we know where we are losing and where we need to improve. We’re still competitive in the right conditions, and we saw some good times from Teemu and Gus in the more technical split sections where we know we can be quick.
“Both drivers drove really well this weekend and, while we haven’t come away with the results we wanted, we can take a lot of positives from the data and look to build on that as the season progresses.
“In the WRC 2 category, it was also great to see Adrien battling with some of the snow specialists on what was only his third winter rally and first experience of conditions like this.
“He was unlucky to run wide and get stuck yesterday as in normal times there would have been plenty of spectators to get him back on the road in a matter of seconds! But that’s the way it goes sometimes. He’s gained a lot of knowledge for the future, and sometimes you need these experiences to help shape your career.