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FAST FRENCHMEN LOEB AND FOURMAUX 🇫🇷 🌏 COMPLETE M-SPORT´S 2022 MONTE CARLO LINE-UP WITH M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM 🇫🇷 🌏 🇲🇨 🌏 🇬🇧 🌏 ☀            

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FAST FRENCHMEN LOEB AND FOURMAUX  🇫🇷 🌏  COMPLETE M-SPORT´S 2022 MONTE CARLO LINE-UP WITH M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM  🇫🇷 🌏 🇲🇨 🌏 🇬🇧  🌏  ☀
Fast Frenchmen Complete M-Sport’s 2022 Monte Carlo Line-Up 
M-Sport is thrilled to announce that Adrien Fourmaux and Sébastien Loeb will join Craig Breen and Gus Greensmith in Monte Carlo, in a fleet of all-new Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 cars. 
Frenchman Fourmaux joins Breen and Greensmith to form M-Sport’s trio of drivers for a full 2022 World Rally Championship campaign as the sport enters its new and excitng hybrid era. 
Fourmaux began his rally career a mere five years ago, making a meteoric rise through the WRC ranks since his debut in 2019. His first season in WRC2, behind the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2, brought him two podium finishes at Rallye Monte Carlo (third) and Rally GB (second). 
The 2021 season saw Fourmaux graduate into the Ford Fiesta WRC on Croatia Rally, where he achieved a career best of fifth overall. There was also cause for celebration at Safari Rally Kenya when Fourmaux claimed his first WRC stage win by a very comfortable 4.1 seconds. Consistently setting competitive times throughout the season, the young driver has been dubbed a rising star and on track to follow in the footsteps of his fellow successful countrymen. 
Having been heavily involved in the testing programme for the all new Puma Hybrid Rally1 from the beginning, Fourmaux is in a perfect position to start his debut full WRC programme in the best possible form. 
Sébastien Loeb makes WRC return
Nine-time FIA World Rally Champion, Sébastien Loeb, will also join the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team to compete on the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship. The legendary French driver will be behind the wheel of the new Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 car for the 2022 Rallye Monte-Carlo, an event he has won seven times previously.
Loeb rewrote the FIA World Rally Championship’s record books as a full-time competitor with dominant performances across every surface type. Since his last WRC title, Loeb embarked upon a variety of motorsport programmes across an array of disciplines, succeeding in every single one. 
Loeb’s latest WRC adventure sees him join forces with co-driver Isabelle Galmiche, a long time member of Loeb’s gravel crew.
Fourmaux, Loeb, Breen and Greensmith, along with the rest of the team at M-Sport will be working tirelessly between now and the start date of next year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, January 20, to prepare for a high-excitement debut of the all new Hybrid Rally1 cars.
M-Sport has a rich history of success in the WRC with a total of seven World Rally Championship titles, 61 overall victories, 239 podiums and a record breaking 268 consecutive points finishes. M-Sport is thrilled to be fielding a line up of drivers who can certainly continue and build on this legacy during 2022.
Malcolm Wilson, Managing Director, M-Sport, said: “I am really happy to announce the remaining drivers in our Monte Carlo line up. Starting the new WRC regulations with such a strong lineup is something I am very proud of and goes to show the faith that these guys have in the new Puma Rally1. 
«Seeing Adrien given the opportunity to compete in a full season with us is something I am very proud of. M-Sport has a long history of developing young drivers and Adrien is no exception, 2022 gives him the chance to show what he can really do. I am sure he will deliver some impressive performances over the course of the season. 
“In relation to Seb, I came close to securing a deal with him back in 2005 but unfortunately at that time we were not able to make it happen. However, with the introduction of the new 2022 Rally1 regulations and following discussions with Red Bull, we both reached out to Seb to see if he might be interested to come and try the new cars – he was, he did and now we find ourselves in a position to say that he will join the team next year! It is fantastic to be able to bring such an accomplished driver to M-Sport and I have no doubt he is still capable of a fantastic result as well as being a mentor to our other drivers. It might have taken over 16 years to get this deal to come to reality, but it is great to see it finally happen!” 
Richard Millener, Team Principal, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, said: “I am still quite early in my rallying career, but I have been incredibly lucky to work with some incredible drivers in the last years, having the chance to work with Séb Loeb is something I never really thought would happen. I know myself and the team will give everything we can to welcome him to the team and give him the best possible chance to get the best results. 
«Also, finally confirming that Adrien will run with us for a full season is another piece of fantastic news. Adrien is such a motivated and exciting driver, and I am really pleased he now has a full season to be able to prove to us what he is capable of and demonstrate further development of what has so far been a very short career at the top level. 
«Even though my job is to look after the rally team on a day to day basis, deep down I am just a huge rally fan and this news is genuinely exciting for me. It has taken lots of work to make this happen, and now I just cannot wait for the start of the Monte-Carlo. I know completing our line up with these two guys will motivate me and the team so much!” 
Adrien Fourmaux, said: “I am very happy to announce I will continue my journey with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team in 2022! An entire season is waiting for me with the M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally 1 which is a pleasure to drive. I am so proud of this, it is a very significant moment for me when I remember that I discovered rallying with the M-Sport Fiesta R2J back in 2017.
«For my sixth season in rallying I am really looking forward to competing at the highest level in M-Sport Ford and Red Bull Motorsport colours, and make all the people who believed in me and still believe in me proud. See you in Monte Carlo next month!”
Sébastien Loeb, said: “It’s nice to work with M-Sport, it is a very professional team and one that knows how to build good cars. I am happy to work with M-Sport now, since the beginning of my career I was fighting against Ford but I have always known Malcolm to be somebody very involved in the team and passionate about rally, we have always had a good relationship. I am really excited for Monte Carlo, it is really an exciting challenge.
“It was a pleasure to discover the new technology found in the Puma Rally1 cars, I think it is quite similar to the 2017 cars but with a hybrid system added on it. It makes it a bit more challenging to use and it is exciting to have something new to manage in the car. When I tested the car I was really impressed by how well balanced it is and how powerful it is with the hybrid, I really enjoyed it. 
“I like what I do, I always enjoying driving, but when I do a WRC event it is just an amazing feeling. It is something I enjoy a lot, I think I can still be competitive, ok Monte-Carlo is maybe not the easiest event to start with a team as there can be some tricky conditions. I have some good memories from this rally and it is always an incredible atmosphere around the rally.” 
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21 December #2021

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#WINS80 #WINS8RMC 🇫🇷 🌎 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🇲🇨 🌎 SÉBASTIEN LOEB, AN 80TH WIN FOR ETERNITY! 🇫🇷 🌎 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🇲🇨 🌎

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SÉBASTIEN LOEB, AN 80TH WIN FOR ETERNITY!  🇫🇷 🌎 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🇲🇨  🌎 
The greatest rally driver of all time, if we only look at the prize list and statistics, won the 90th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rally on Sunday, beating by 10 seconds and 5 tenths only, after 17 special stages over 4 days, his arch-rival Sébastien Ogier. His 80th win in WRC, and the 8th triumph in Monaco, where he first competed in 2021, in a small red Citroën Saxo.
Ogier was twice hit by bad luck in the last two stages: first a puncture of his front left tire, in SS16, and then a ten-second penalty for a jump start in SS17, due to a small technical glitch which forced him to release the clutch a little too early.
Loeb did not know he had won when he got out of his Ford Puma at the end of SS17, in the medieval town of Entrevaux, after four days of a fierce and intense fight between the two greatest champions of the modern era of rallying: 9 world titles for Loeb, 8 for Ogier, both having decided to slow down a bit, to start other projects. For Loeb, it was 10 years ago (last full season in 2012) and for Ogier only last month (8th world title in December 2021 at the Monza rally) .
“It’s unbelievable. We didn’t expect so much when we got here,” said Loeb after the podium in Entrevaux. “We were unlucky, but that’s rallying”, Ogier said. He was still leading by 24 seconds at the start of SS16, the one in which he punctured his front-left tire, finishing on the rim and losing 34 seconds in the process. Each had started this rally in a new car of the hybrid era, and with a new teammate, Benjamin Veillas for Ogier, Isabelle Galmiche for Loeb.
This is Loeb’s 80th victory in the WRC, including 79 with Daniel Elena and one with Isabelle Galmiche, a maths teacher who made the most of her weekend in a Ford Puma. She navigated perfectly a very demanding driver, and she was rewarded by climbing on a podium for history, alongside Loeb, Ogier, Veillas and another crew, fully Irish, entered by Ford M-Sport, consisting of Craig Breen and Paul Nagle.
This stunning win is also one for Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport Ford team, which had almost skipped the 2021 season to better prepare for the arrival of the new technical regulations, in order to fine-tune the settings of this Ford Puma Hybrid. It was objectively the best car of this 1st round of 2022, at the very beginning of the hybrid era in WRC. This car designed in Banbury UK was at the same time the fastest, the most reliable and the easiest to drive, according to all its drivers this week, starting with Loeb and Breen, and adding young Gus Greensmith, 25, who posted his first stage win in WRC, on Friday.
“We have just finished a rally, so we need to celebrate before we decide if there will be others…”, Loeb also said. At almost 48, next February, he has just set a new record: that of the winner on older in fifty seasons of World Rally, a little better than Swede legend Bjorn Waldegard at the Safari in 1990, then aged 46. “For me, it won’t be right away,” Ogier smiled, as he wants to start a new career in endurance, on circuits of this world. “But we will try to set up a date with Seb”, he added, delighted to have experienced “such a great fight since Thursday”, on the roads of Monte-Carlo. Both Sebs are now on equal terms in the Principality: 8 wins each, including Ogier’s win during the IRC era, in 2009, in a Peugeot.
See you gentlemen in 2023 to settle the score, one more time!
🇬🇧  🌎 🇺🇸 🌎 🇲🇨 🌎#More«#MAGIC SEB» LOEB & EL PUMA RALLY1 #HYBRID Le PATRON EN MONTECARLO  🇲🇨 🌎

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SS 13: OGIER 🇫🇷 🌎 WIDENS THE GAP ON LOEB 🇫🇷 🌎 🇲🇨 🌎  

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SS 13: OGIER  🇫🇷 🌎  WIDENS THE GAP ON LOEB  🇫🇷 🌎
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SS13: Ogier widens the gap on Loeb 
A gap of over 20 seconds between Ogier and Loeb: the last special stage of this Saturday (SS13, 20 km), the second pass between Saint-Geniez and Thoard, was decided just before the start: “We put on the slicks at the last minute, but Ogier saw it…”, smiled Loeb at the end. “I was going to use my snow tyres, because it was the safest option, but when we saw that Seb was putting on the slick tires, we changed our mind at the last minute and put on the slick tyres as well”, Ogier explained later. And he was right, since he managed to extend his lead over Loeb from 5 to 21.1 seconds in the space of 20kms.
Fans will never know if, by putting on his two studded Pirelli tyres in this SS13, instead of keeping them in the trunk, Loeb could have rocked this rally again, just like Friday morning when he took the lead, at the expense of Ogier, by signing four best times in a row. And now, with four stages to go, “21 seconds is a bit far away”, Loeb admitted before heading back to Monaco for a good night’s rest, after a suspenseful day which did not end as he hoped.
What is certain is that Ogier, on four soft tyres, lost less time -5 seconds- on Rovanperä, who started with two snow tyres, than Loeb -21.1 seconds- on four soft tyres too. Another sure thing is that Rovanperä took advantage of the situation to post his second best time in a row, after SS12, and completed a grand slam by Toyota on Saturday (with 2 stage wins for Ogier and one for Evans). So the Finnish hopeful will start the last morning of the rally, early on Sunday (67kms over four stages), in 4th place, with a chance of a podium because he is only 37 seconds behind Craig Breen, 3rd in his Ford Puma Hybrid.
Further down the standings, Gus Greensmith (Ford Puma), now 5th but 6 minutes 33 seconds back, lost all chances of a podium by showing up 18 minutes late before the start of SS11, after having a puncture and suffering a major mechanical problem in SS10, already losing a bit less than two minutes on the leading quartet in that stage, and then spending a long time trying to repair on the side of the road. Worse still, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), now 6th and 7 minutes 44 seconds behind Ogier, saw his front right damper pierce through his bonnet and he finished the day in slow motion, to save big points on Sunday in the championship, and possibly to aim for bonus points in the Power Stage.
In WRC2, big favourite is now Norway’sAndreas Mikkelsen, who is now 7th overall without competition from former class leader Frenchman Stéphane Lefebvre (Citroën C3), who disappeared in the morning: sanctioned by a 30-minute time penalty, he then hit the bank at the end of SS10, spinning and losing his right rear wheel. Game over.
22 January #2022

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SS8: LOEB 🇫🇷 🌎 IN THE LEAD ON FRIDAY EVENING THE PROFF BY 9.9! 🇲🇨 🌎

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SS8: LOEB  🇫🇷  🌎 IN THE LEAD ON FRIDAY EVENING THE PROFF BY 9.9!  🇲🇨 🌎
SS8: Loeb in the lead on Friday evening, the proof by 9.9! 
Sébastien Loeb (Ford Puma), in management mode, ended Friday in the lead of the 90th Monte-Carlo Rally, after leaving his mark on a very long day: 4 best times out of 6 and always in the fight for the lead. The 9-time world champion, 79 times winner in WRC, will start the second half of the rally, early Saturday morning, with a 9.9-second gap over Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris), the reigning world champion.
“With the hybrid, it’s good!” Loeb smiled in the cockpit of his Ford Puma, after crossing the finish line of SS8, between Val-de-Chalvagne and Entrevaux. “It’s better!”, was the immediate answer by Isabelle Galmiche, his new co-driver, delighted with her race day, and the very efficient successor, this winter, to the indestructible Daniel Elena.
Having suffered a breakdown of his hybrid system in the previous stage (SS7), Loeb had to leave the honor of a first best time in WRC to his teammate at M-Sport, Gus Greensmith (25). The young man had suffered the same type of breakdown earlier in the day, losing instantly a hundred horsepower, 100% electric.
In this last stage of the day, on a road where humidity had fallen at the same time as the sun had settle down, Ogier had the advantage of passing half an hour before Loeb and he took advantage of it. This was his third best time of the rally, after the two on Thursday evening (SS1, SS2). It enabled him to reduce his gap on Loeb to less than 10 seconds, which leaves the suspense intact for the weekend.
On the provisional podium of this 90th edition, while there are still… 9 stages to run until Sunday, Loeb is 9.9 seconds ahead of Ogier, and 22 seconds ahead of Elfyn Evans, the reigning vice-world champion, in 3rd. Further back, Thierry Neuville (4th) is 47.8 seconds back and Ott Tänak (5th) relegated at almost a minut (56.7 seconds). The two Hyundai drivers being closely followed by two other Ford Pumas, with Craig Breen ahead of Gus Greensmith.
In the WRC2 classification, the suspense is also intact, as Eric Camilli (Citroën C3), leader this morning, crashed in SS5, and because the big favorite, Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda Fabia) is now 2nd, sandwiched by two Frenchmen in Citroën C3s: provisional leader Stéphane Lefebvre and rising star Yoann Rossel, last year’s champion in WRC3. The three drivers are grouped in 20 seconds, between 11th and 13th place overall. 
21 January #2022

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