The UK-based workforce is the one present FIA World Rally Championship workforce to have vital African rally experience.
M-Sport guided the plant on a Forde Safari from 1997 to 2002, after which it disappeared from the rally calendar till it returned 12 months in the past. The occasion introduced two wins to Malcolm Wilson’s workforce throughout that point – Colin McRae took the rostrum in 1999 and 2002.
Workforce chief Richard Millener says data of this week’s distinctive problem could also be essential because the workforce goals to rise to second place in Italy and fourth place to Pierre-Louis Loubet in Italy.
Video Safari Rally Kenya shakedown
“We have now a number of expertise within the workforce,” he stated. “It merely got here to our discover then [from 2002 until 2021]however there’s a number of know-how right here, and it might solely be good for an occasion like Safari.
“We loved efficiency final yr and discovered that this rally may very well be a lottery …”
One of many males McRae received in 2002 was Sébastien Loeb. The Frenchman will begin the M-Sport with Ford for the third time this week and Millener is assured that he’ll be capable to do it.
“Sébastien Loeb and Safari Rally Kenya are a mix that nobody thought doable a number of years in the past,” Millener added, “there may be by no means something in opposition to driving a rally with Ford – I believe everyone seems to be passionate about it.
“Clearly, Séb is a person who has an incredible expertise in safaris earlier than, but additionally in cross-country racing.”
Loeb completed Thursday morning’s shakedown along with his Ford Puma Rally1 third, 1.8 seconds from championship chief Kalle Rovanpera and 1.3 seconds from Thierry Neuville.
He shall be joined by Breen, Adrien Fourmaux in 5 vehicles, Gus Greensmith and Jourdan Serderidis, who completed fourth in his profession in Kenya final yr.
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