Delecour targeting more WRC2 outings

He is aiming for a five or six-round program


World Rally Championship legend François Delecour is targeting a “five or six”-round WRC2 program this year after making his category debut on the Monte Carlo Rally.

Delecour, a four-time WRC winner with Ford and also a former factory driver for Peugeot and Mitsubishi, drove a Toksport Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 to 10th in class and first in the WRC Masters Cup classification last month.

Although Delecour is something of a regular on the Monte and used to appear in Corsica when it was still on the calendar, the last WRC event he did outside of France or Monaco (aside from Rally Germany in 2015 when it was part of the FIA R-GT Cup) was when he was still a factory driver in 2002.

But he’s keen to sample further rounds this season after he was left impressed by the level of both the drivers and the cars in WRC2.

“I am pushing hard to do some more mileage this year, maybe Corsica, Portugal, I would like to try this car on gravel,” he said.

“I hope we will do it. We try to do five or six, we’ll see. But I think it is possible.”

Oliver Solberg, Adrien Fourmaux, Gus Greensmith, Teemu Suninen and Emil Lindholm can all rest easy though as Delecour doesn’t expect himself to be a title contender.

“No, no,” he said. “But in any case believe me I push hard for that and I think we will be in Corsica, Portugal, Acropolis at the moment.”

Words:Luke Barry