Croatia To Be Scene Of Fourmaux's WRC Debut
We have been wondering, since we knew he would step up to the top class, where Fourmaux would debut in Rally1. Today we found out.
Today M-Sport have confirmed their young French prodigy Adrien Fourmaux will make his WRC debut at Rally Croatia in April.
The tarmac event will itself make its first appearance on the WRC calendar, an appearance that could be a one off given its more of a COVID replacement round rather than anything more permanent. The nature of Croatia being an unknown means it is a safe choice as there is no expectation on Fourmaux as by being an event not regularly visited by many of the WRC crews, there is little to be gained from road experience. Being a tarmac event as well it will be a nice introduction for Fourmaux who has a particular favouring of the surface (unsurprisingly for a Frenchman) and therefore should be more comfortable with the car sooner.
As well as the news of Fourmaux's upcoming debut, it was also announced that he was the next in a long line of drivers to be supported by Red Bull joining compatriots Sebastien’s Loeb and Ogier as French prodigy’s to be backed by the energy drinks company. This also means good things for M sport as it could lead to more backing of Red Bull and the appearance of its colours back on one of its cars, for the first time since Sebastien Ogier left after 2018.
As for this weekend, Fourmaux will be competing in the WRC2 class at Arctic Rally Finland. However, any hope of a top result might be far stretched as the competition is looking fierce and there are many more suited drivers to the snowy finish conditions.
Drivers such as Andreas Mikkelsen, Esapekka Lappi and Jari Huttunen all of whom have more experience on the surface along with a greater point to prove as they themselves look to either return or get a chance in a Rally1 car.