Adrien Fourmaux and Grégoire Munster form M-Sport’s 2023 WRC2 line-up.
Fourmaux stays at M-Sport next year but will drive one of the two M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta Rally2’s in the WRC2 instead of the Puma Rally1 in the WRC. The Frenchman was promoted to M-Sport’s WRC line-up in 2021 to drive a Fiesta WRC part-time.
He then was promoted to drive a full WRC season in 2022. However, 2022 turned out to be disappointing including several crashes with the Puma Rally1. For next season, Fourmaux will head M-Sport’s WRC2 line-up. Before Rally Monte Carlo, Fourmaux will compete in the Jänner Rallye in Austria.
“I’m really pleased to be part of the team for the fourth year in a row, and I’m looking forward to being back in Monte-Carlo next month,” Fourmaux said.
“I want to say a big thank you to the team for giving me their trust and the opportunity to drive in 2023, and look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”
Munster joins the M-Sport team next season after driving with Hyundai Rally2 machinery in the Belgian Rally Championship and the WRC2 last year. The Luxembourger won the WRC2 category at Rally Japan last month.
Munster, who turns 24 next week, said: “The facilities and infrastructure [at Dovenby] are fantastic; the workshop and the new building are quite impressive. The track was very nice to drive on as well, especially with the icy conditions.”
“The plan for next year is to compete in a lot of events in the Rally2, making use of my previous experience and discovering some events for the first time. I need to adapt to the car and want to perform well and get some good results.
“M-Sport is a real talent factory. If you look at [Elfyn] Evans, [Ott] Tänak and [Thierry] Neuville, they all come from M-Sport. I think it is the best place to evolve as a driver, the team is nice to work with and the car is strong. We have a good season ahead so the focus will be to maximise my work with the team to get some experience and grow as a driver,” added Munster.
M-Sport announced yesterday that Pierre-Louis Loubet becomes the team’s second full-time driver in the WRC alongside Ott Tänak. The team is yet to confirm its plan regarding a third Rally1 entry.