Adrien Fourmaux and Renaud Jamoul starred in one of the harshest images of the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium, the eighth round of the World Rally Championship. The crew was unharmed after a 170 km / h accident with the Ford Fiesta WRC.
The damage to the car was really important, of course forcing the immediate withdrawal of the Belgian event. A quick left-hand corner said goodbye to the aspirations of the young French pupil in the third scheduled stage at Ypres, ultimately beaten by Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe.
Despite the damage, Malcolm Wilson has confirmed to DirtFish that the team will rebuild the unit to compete in some other event in the 2021 season. In the words of the English: “It was a big blow but we can repair it. It will not be ready in Greece but it will for another race later”.
An accident … Curious?
Incredible but true. Fourmaux crashed chassis number 13 of the Ford Fiesta WRC on Friday, August 13, coinciding with the Ypres Rally. “It will be one of the last chassis of this car, the coincidence is really incredible”, emphasizes Wilson. Really known the phobia and fear of Friday the 13th or the number 13, the number eliminated from our sport.
To date, since the new World Championship regulations in 2017, Ford M-Sport has built a total of 14 Ford Fiesta WRC chassis. Gus Greensmith is participating with numbers 3 and 4. To date, only number 11 has been destroyed after the fire suffered by Esapekka Lappi at the 2020 Rally Mexico.