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M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM: RALLY DE FRANCE-ALSACE DAY THREE

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POSITIVE FINISH FOR M-SPORT IN FRANCE

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M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans finished Rallye de France Alsace in positive fashion today, coming away with fifth and sixth places respectively.

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As the crews travelled north for two loops of two identical stages, both Hirvonen and Evans were locked in their own intense battles – the Finn 12.9 seconds adrift of fourth position and the Welshman 12.2 seconds adrift of seventh.

In the battle for fourth, Hirvonen refused to give up the fight. Becoming more accustomed to the characteristics of Michelin’s new tyre compounds, he and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen produced a string of consistent and competitive stage times behind the wheel of their Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Although they may not have been able to catch asphalt specialist Dani Sordo, their determination and experience paid dividends – securing fifth place overall and some valuable championship points to strengthen their fourth place in the FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ standings.

In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Evans continued to prove his potential and is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on asphalt. His impressive performance over the morning loop saw him take 12 seconds out of rival Mads Østberg to reduce the deficit to just two tenths of a second ahead of the final speed tests.
The Welshman was running at a comfortable pace, but when Østberg upped his speed through the second pass of ‘Forêt de La Petite Pierre’ (SS17), Evans’ racing instinct kicked in and he wasn’t going to let the Norwegian get away without a fight.

As the battle transformed into a final-stage duel for sixth place when Robert Kubica went off the road, Evans applied the pressure. Mission accomplished, he claimed the position on the opening split and topped off another highly impressive drive with an additional two points for the second fastest time through the Power Stage (SS18).

Having incurred a one minute and 40 second penalty following an electrical issue on the first day of competition, Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt refused to let the disappointment dampen their spirits. Posting the second fastest time on each of today’s four stages the Brits are looking forward to showing further progression in the championship’s remaining two events.

Mikko Hirvonen (5th) said:

“I’m quite happy with the way this weekend has gone. It would have been nice to have finished a little bit higher, but I think that the pace was really good in places. We just need a bit more consistency and to do some work with the set-up of the car so that it is better suited to the new tyres. Hopefully we can do that and take another couple of steps forward in Spain.”

Elfyn Evans (6th) said:

“We’ve had a really good day today and been strong on all of the stages. It was a shame that we had the problem on Friday, but we’ve had a 100 per cent record with the car so far this year and we weren’t going to let it get us down.

“The results haven’t been our main focus this year, but I didn’t want to let Mads [Østberg] get away without a fight and it feels good to have come away with the sixth place.

“Overall I think we’ve produced a very good performance this weekend and hopefully we can build on that in Spain where it would also be nice to show some more pace on gravel as I don’t think we’ve shown our true potential on that surface just yet.”

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Mikko [Hirvonen] has performed well on asphalt this weekend and he comes away with a strong fifth place which strengthens his fourth place in the drivers’ championship. He has shown some very good pace at times and once he has the consistency and the confidence in the new tyres then I’m sure he’ll be able to take another step forward.

“Elfyn [Evans] has been absolutely sensational all weekend, but especially today. He set the second fastest time on all four of today’s stages and proved that he certainly had the pace to be challenging for the podium. It was a shame that we had the electrical problem on Friday, but I was very impressed by the way he handled the situation. His mental strength is second to none. He coped well with the pressure today and came away with sixth place which keeps us in the fight for second place in the manufacturers’ standings.”

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Dennis Kuipers (11th) said:

“This weekend has been very good for us and we have improved every day. The longer we are in the car and the more kilometres we’re doing the better it gets. That’s a good step, and it’s a pity that the rally is over now because we have really enjoyed it!”

Yuriy Protasov (16th) said:

“We had a problem with the rear driveshaft for the final two stages today so unfortunately we weren’t able to continue building our speed this afternoon. But I think that we have had a good weekend. After every stage the feeling is getting better. Our pace was much better here than it had been in Germany, so let’s see in Spain if we can keep improving like this.”
WRC 2
It was another fantastic performance for the Ford Fiesta in the WRC2 category as Quentin Gilbert secured victory for the Ford Fiesta R5 on his home event. The Ford Fiesta RRC of Bernardo Sousa finished a close second with Pontus Tidemand recovering to fourth place after his Fiesta R5 collided with a plastic bollard in the middle of the road on SS5.

A Fiesta won all but two of the event’s 18 stages and this weekend’s result continues the Blue Oval’s unbroken string of WRC 2 victories so far this year.

Quentin Gilbert (1st in WRC2) said:

“It feels fantastic to have won here in front of my sponsors, my family and my home crowd. I think that we drove well all weekend. We knew when to push and we knew when to be a bit more cautious and I am very happy with the result. I don’t think it will quite sink in for a while!”
Pontus Tidemand (4th in WRC2) said:

“It was a bit unfortunate what happened on Friday, but I think that we can be pleased with the job we have done this weekend. Like in Germany, the speed was there. We set some stage wins and the feeling in the car was really good all weekend. Patrik [Barth] and I worked really well together and gained a lot of experience. I can’t wait to get my next opportunity to drive in the World Rally Championship.”

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Quentin [Gilbert] drove brilliantly all weekend and thoroughly deserves to take his first WRC 2 win in front of his home crowd. I have no doubt that this weekend’s result will boost his confidence, and rightly so.

“Thanks to his impressive performance, the Ford Fiesta continues its unbroken record of victories in this year’s WRC 2 championship and once again dominated the event by winning all but two of the 18 stages.”

KUBICA’S IMPRESSIVE DRIVE CUT SHORT

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RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica was on course to secure a career-best fourth place at Rallye de France – Alsace before a roll on the final stage relegated him from the results.

Robert adopted a near-perfect strategy for the event – gradually building his pace and taking every challenge within his stride. As he gained confidence with Michelin’s new compound tyres and the way in which his Ford Fiesta RS WRC responded to the Alsatian asphalt, his progression was clear to see.

Embarking on the event’s final four speed tests with a clearer understanding of the stages, tyres and car, he and co-driver Maciek Szczepaniak were determined to achieve their fourth place target. Setting the stages alight with a fastest time through the first pass of ‘Forêt de La Petite Pierre’ (SS15), the place was theirs on the opening stage of the morning (SS15).
Unfortunately, Robert’s hard work was undone on the final speed test (SS18) when he misjudged the grip levels available – rolling his Fiesta and bringing an untimely end to his event.

Regardless of the result, the Formula One race winner can take pride in the progression he has shown this weekend. Driving well, he set a string of competitive times that prove he has the pace to challenge at the head of field on asphalt.

Robert Kubica (DNF) said:

«I made a mistake on the last stage [SS18]. I misjudged the grip on a wet part of the stage. On the previous pass I thought I was a bit too cautious there. Unfortunately on the second pass there was a lot of dirt on the Tarmac and I didn’t make it. I am very sorry because of the chance I have lost this weekend. Gaining experience in a new sport sometimes gets frustrating.»

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Robert [Kubica] was on course to secure his best ever result in the FIA World Rally Championship before rolling on the final stage. Thankfully both he and Maciek [Szczepaniak, co-driver] where unhurt in the incident.”

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AFTER RALLYE DE FRANCE
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THE ITALIAN RALLY JUNIOR 🇮🇹 🌎 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP UNVEILED IN CAMPIDOGLIO 🇮🇹 🌎

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THE ITALIAN RALLY JUNIOR 🇮🇹 🌎 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP UNVEILED IN CAMPIDOGLIO  🇮🇹  🌎
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#MotorsportItaliaTV 🇮🇹 🌏 THE WEB CHANNEL STARTS 🇮🇹 🌏 ▶️ https://motorsportitalia.tv/

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