Fourmaux savors his podium in Kenya

Fourmaux savors his podium in Kenya

After Sweden last month, Adrien Fourmaux managed to get on the podium again this weekend in Kenya. The Ford M-Sport driver expressed his satisfaction with his level of performance and the reliability of his equipment.

Adrien Fourmaux managed to confirm. After taking third place in the Swedish Rally at the wheel of his Ford Puma last February, the French driver had a trouble-free weekend on the demanding Safari Rally course. If Kalle Rovanperä was absolutely untouchable on the Kenyan tracks at the wheel of his Toyota, the Habs knew how to hang on to get on the podium again.

Admitting that the result obtained on the Scandinavian snow “took a weight off”, Adrien Fourmaux now has the certainty of being able to compete at the highest level. “ Now, we arrive at the other rallies telling ourselves that we are capable of doing ithe confided in comments collected by the daily The team. It allows me to be more relaxed in my approach even though it’s something I’ve been building for the last year. »

“We followed our strategy”

After these two third places, Adrien Fourmaux assures that a victory “has always been a goal” but concedes that it is not yet within reach. “ I am well aware that we have performance gaps on certain points and that it will be worth improving things on the car before really aiming for victories, he declared. But we’re working on it. »

Thanks to the 17 points taken this weekend, the driver of the Ford M-Sport team is in third place in the championship, 21 lengths behind Thierry Neuville, who was not spared in Kenya, just like his teammates. at Hyundai. “ I hoped for it but from there to realizing it… And we went to get it, said Adrien Fourmaux. We followed our strategy, keeping our line of conduct all the time and it paid off. » A result that the Habs are proud of having obtained on the road and not having “just waited for the others to break”.

“We had to show reliability this year”

After these two very good performances, the Tricolore will be expected at the Croatia rally, organized from April 18 to 21. But the latter dismisses any idea of ​​being able to release the pressure, having experienced many mishaps during his career. Above all, he hopes to be able to count on a solid Ford Puma in the months to come.

« I think people knew we had the speed but we had to show reliability this year. This is what we are trying to achieve, he concluded. In Kenya, in 2021, we set a scratch time, but we broke a transmission. This time, we didn’t make any scratches, but we didn’t break anything and we reached the podium. » Within an M-Sport team which is rebuilding itself after the departure of Ott Tänak after a single season, Adrien Fourmaux has a card to play and intends to take advantage of it.

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