WRC star keeps busy – heads straight from Rally Portugal to work in the United States

M-Sport Ford's Adrien Fourmaux doesn't take much downtime between WRC rallies.
Adrien Fourmaux
Adrien Fourmaux. Photo: M-Sport Ford WRT
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Fourmaux has been one of the standout names in the early part of the WRC season. The Frenchman, who returned to the series’ top class this year, has been impressive behind the wheel of the Ford Puma Rally1 car, currently sitting fourth in the WRC standings.

Check out the full WRC standings here

He achieved his first career podium in February in Sweden and matched that result in the following rally in Kenya. Last weekend, he finished fourth in the gravel event in Portugal.

Last year, Fourmaux worked in the WRC2 class. Now, he has reclaimed his place at the highest level and is ready to work hard to reach the top of the sport.

After the Rally de Portugal, Fourmaux headed straight to the United States to Ford Performance’s facilities.

“I’m starting with three full days of simulator work in Charlotte. We’ll be able to prepare for the upcoming fast rallies and focus on development, as usual,” Fourmaux told French site Rallye-sport.fr.

“Then, I’ll spend several days on the West Coast, finishing up in Seattle. It’s nice to spend so much time in the USA, but the jet lag won’t be easy, as I’ll be returning to France for two or three days before heading to Sardinia,” he added, referring to the next round of the season.

The Rally Sardinia should suit the Ford driver well. Fourmaux also has a reasonable starting position for the competition.

“Since I will be starting in fourth position, not third like in Portugal, it will be ‘easier’ on the first day. On Sunday in Portugal, I saw that starting fifth on the road was a significant advantage compared to the third position,” Fourmaux compared.

In motorsport, drivers typically compare their performances to their teammates. This year, Fourmaux has had little direct comparison, as his teammate Gregoire Munster is still gaining experience in the top class.

This situation doesn’t cause much concern for Fourmaux.

“I am directly compared with the top competitors in the championship, and that’s already very interesting! But, I can also compare to last year’s performances. Humbly speaking, in terms of times, I think I am quite close to Ott Tänak‘s performances with the Puma,” Fourmaux assessed.

The Rally Sardinia is scheduled for two weeks from now.

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