M-Sport driver Grégoire Munster could drive a Ford Puma Rally1 towards the end of the World Rally Championship season, depending on how his WRC2 season goes.
Munster, a former Hyundai Customer Racing junior driver, joined M-Sport at the start of the season after winning the season-closing Rally Japan in 2022, and drove a Fiesta Rally2 to eighth in class on the Monte Carlo Rally.
His WRC2 program is set to resume in Croatia but his next event will be next weekend’s Malcolm Wilson Rally in the UK where he’ll co-drive for Jourdan Serderidis in a Puma Rally1.
Munster has already sat alongside Serderidis in a Rally1 car on a test in Spain, but Serderidis revealed to DirtFish that he is working to get Munster behind the wheel of his car towards the end of the season.
“I’m supporting him quite intensively, and he will be most probably driving the Puma at the end of the championship,” Serderidis told DirtFish.
“We don’t know yet when because it will be a decision with M-Sport depending also on the WRC2 results, but the idea is that at the end of the season he will get the seat of my car during I think two WRC events.
“For sure it’s a really, really very positive thing for his career and if he’s taking the chance, that will be very nice.”
Should the opportunity arise for Munster, he would become the second M-Sport WRC2 driver to step up to the Rally1 machine after Jari Huttunen did so on his home event, Rally Finland, last year.
Munster told DirtFish: “I know there is like a plan, now it all depends on results and everything.
“I think if I crash the car in Croatia and the rally after there won’t be anything happening.
“But for the moment I just focus on WRC2 and then we’ll see at the end of the year if there is something possible. I don’t know if it will be national championship or something else, we’ll see.
“For sure it’s a nice idea to have but the real work has to be done before.”