WRC2 frontrunner Adrien Fourmaux admitted his second place finish on Rally Estonia was something that he wasn’t expecting.
The M-Sport Ford entrant finished what was one of his first gravel rallies in the Rally2-spec Fiesta on the podium behind class winner Mads Østberg after drama for several of his rivals including Nikolay Gryazin and Ole Christian Veiby.
The young French driver, who had taken the win on the Malcolm Wilson Rally – one the last rallying events to take place before the coronavrius pandemic brought the sport to a halt – said on his weekend in Estonia: “I’m really happy with our weekend and this result is honestly better than we expected.“
“This was only my fifth gravel rally with this car, and there were a lot of really fast and experienced guys here this weekend. These type of stages are so different to what I’ve experienced back in France and in the UK, so to adapt as quickly as we did and be fighting with these experienced guys was really great.“
He added:“The car was also perfect all weekend so a big thanks to the team who did an amazing job. The whole weekend has been really great.”
Fourmaux had been running in third, before a puncture for Hyundai driver Gryazin on the Power Stage on Sunday afternoon dropped the Russian to third and subsequently promoted Fourmaux into second place.