Rally Sweden – Adrien Fourmaux: “2nd or 3rd, above all we want to stay on the podium”

Very cautious when approaching this 2nd meeting of the season, Adrien Fourmaux nevertheless occupies 2nd place even though half of the rally has been covered. Author of a scratch on Saturday morning, the Frenchman assures that he is not getting carried away and that he just wants to stay on the podium.

Published on 17/02/2024 à 14:17

Loïc ROCCI

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Rally Sweden – Adrien Fourmaux: “2nd or 3rd, above all we want to stay on the podium”

Despite his lack of snow practice, Adrien Fourmaux is determined to defend his place on the podium (Photo Nikos Katikis/DPPI)

With the blue sky and the sun, the 71e edition of the event offered a completely different face to that of yesterday when the snow had fallen almost all day. Author of an excellent first step including a 3e time (SS4), the Ford driver finished Friday at the foot of the podium, ahead of the Skoda of Oliver Solberg who was able to take advantage of ideal conditions to reach this level.

Logic took over from the first timed kilometers of this day which included 125,5. Although unhappy with his performance, Adrien immediately rose to 3e rank. In the next, his situation improved further with the elimination of Takamoto Katsuta and in the final section, the Northerner set a better time allowing him to keep Elfyn Evans at 16”2. The Frenchman had every reason to be smiling when he reached the service park.

« It's quite unexpected, he whispered. I know no one expected us to be at this level. Elfyn took us back about 6'' during this morning's loop and we will continue to defend ourselves this afternoon. During the stage we won, I felt our pace was good. Our line was cleaner than Evans' and we hit the snow walls less than him, so I thought our time would be okay, but not enough to see us set the best. However, we do not intend to take all the risks.

Our main goal is to finish on the podium. 2e or 3e, it doesn't make a big difference. This is already so much more than we expected at the start of the race. We certainly got a scratch and we are under pressure from Elfyn, but we have to stay focused. We know that the conditions during the afternoon can be very complicated so we will have to maintain a margin. Tire management may also be important. »

Adrien and Alexandre Coria, his co-driver, still have 4 special stages to go, i.e. a little over 67 km timed before completing the 2e stage where a first distribution of points will be carried out.

 

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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