Auriol completes Team France’s Rally of Nations lineup

The 1994 world champion will compete alongside M-Sport's WRC driver Adrien Fourmaux

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1994 World Rally champion Didier Auriol will partner M-Sport Ford driver Adrien Fourmaux and race for Team France at this weekend’s Rally of Nations Guanajuato.

Auriol, a winner of 20 World Rally Championship rounds, was last in México for the inaugural Rally of Nations in 2009 where he finished third overall in a Mitsubishi E9.

His ride for this year is yet to be confirmed, but alongside Fourmaux – who is competing in México for the first time in a Ford Fiesta Rally2 – France has a formidable lineup for the three-day competition.

Despite his professional rally career ending in 2003, Auriol has been no stranger to competition since.

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Just this year the 63-year-old has already competed in Switzerland with a Citroën DS3 WRC and was part of France’s lineup for the inaugural Race of Champions on snow and ice, teaming up on that occasion with nine-time World Rally champion Sébastien Loeb.

Auriol won’t be the only WRC winner on the entry for Rally of Nations Guanajuato either as both Mads Østberg (Norway) and Auriol’s old Peugeot team-mate Harri Rovanperä (Finland) will also compete.

Other leading entries include Matthew Wilson (Great Britain), Eyvind Brynildsen (Norway) and Alberto Battistolli (Italy).

Words:Luke Barry