The gap to the leader was huge, but still a career-best result for the Ford driver – “We’re very happy with this”

Luxembourgish driver Gregoire Munster achieved his best result in the World Rally Championship last weekend in Rally Sardinia.
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Gregoire Munster. Photo by: M-Sport Ford WRT
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Munster finished fifth, though it must be noted that his result wasn’t purely down to driving skills. Munster managed to keep his car on the road this time, and with many drivers retiring, he rose high in the final standings.

The Ford driver reported a few technical issues during the event, but he didn’t suffer any major setbacks. The gap to the rally winner, Hyundai’s Ott Tänak, was a staggering six minutes and 43 seconds.

“I’m just happy we had a trouble free event, and at the end we reached our best result in the WRC, so we’re very happy with this,” Munster said.

“There’s still plenty of work to do and pace to find but we’re always going in the right direction. Especially seeing us get our fourth fastest time in SS3, we now need to build on that and keep the momentum going into the next few events.”

Another Ford driver, Adrien Fourmaux, has been a standout performer early in the season, but he had bad luck in Sardinia. His rally was ruined by a technical issue on Friday. After that, the Frenchman also suffered punctures and a couple of other technical problems.

“I think we can be quite positive with the pace we showed this weekend, on Friday and Saturday especially. It’s a shame what happened with the electronic issue on Friday, but we are working on these things for the future. On Sunday, it was good to get some extra points for the Power Stage, even if we wanted more from the daily standings on Super Sunday,” Fourmaux noted.

“We need to focus a bit on the slower corners, to get the car more agile, but this is very specific to Sardinia. Overall I have been happy with the car and now we need to focus on the upcoming smooth gravel rallies.”

The World Rally Championship continues in Poland at the end of June.

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