Defending World Rally Champions M-Sport confirmed on Monday that Frenchman, Bryan Bouffier will drive a third Ford Fiesta WRC alongside Sebastien Ogier and Eflyn Evans for the season opening Monte Carlo Rally and the Tour De Corse.
Bouffier has an incredible amount of experience in the WRC and especially with Tour De Corse.
Speaking about his arrival at the team, Bouffier commented by saying:
My nights are a lot shorter now that I know I will be driving one of these amazing cars, and I have already done a lot of kilometres with the Ford Fiesta WRC in my dreams.
“I honestly didn’t think I would get an opportunity to drive this car – not even on test – so I am very excited. It’s always a great pleasure to work with Malcolm and the M-Sport team, and their amazing success in 2017 makes me very proud to work with them again.
“Monte and Corsica are two very different events, but they are also two of my favourites. They’re the two ‘French’ rounds of the season and it is always a pleasure to drive on home soil – even more so with this new car!
“My plan is to be relaxed and to have fun. I would also love to score some manufacturer points for the team – that would just be the icing on the cake!”
The 2018 World Rally Championship will be launched on Thursday, the opening day of the Autosport International Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham.
Speaking about Bouffier’s arrival at the outfit, M-Sport Team Principal Malcolm Wilson OBE commented by saying:
It’s great to have Bryan on board for Rallye Monte-Carlo and the Tour de Corse. When it comes to these events, it’s fair to say that his experience is unrivalled. These are two of the most specialised rallies on the calendar and the conditions and tyre selections can so often determine who succeeds. With Bryan’s knowledge, we will have another string to our bow as we look to defend our championship titles.