The M-Sport Ford World Rally teams have certainly had an eventful go of things over the last few months, struggling at Rally Mexico due to mechanical failures and crashes, but their luck turned around at Rally de Portugal with a slew of stage wins and much-needed points. More recently, the racers took on Rally Italia Sardinia, pushing through quite a bit of adversity to finish strong. Now, staring down Rally Kenya, M-Sport Ford is ready to take to the course with high hopes.
Rally Kenya, the seventh 2023 World Rally Championship event, is slated for June 21st through 25th. Its challenging gravel roads and deep ruts will certainly prove a challenge for the M-Sport Ford team, but with Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja sitting third in overall points, things are looking up. Tänak will take to Kenya for the third time in his career this coming weekend, and has taken steps to improve his performance on the tough gravel course.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Louis Loubet will take to Rally Kenya for the first time in his career, but his performances thus far this season on gravel have proved that he’ll have something for the competition in Africa.
Meanwhile, Jourdan Serderidis will take control of a Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid racer in Kenya, with a new codriver, Andy Malfoy, sitting shotgun. Serderidis finished seventh overall in the 2022 running of the event, so look for him near the top of the charts this weekend.
“I am really looking forward to getting back to Rally Kenya next week,” said Richard Millner, M-Sport Ford Team Principal. “Last year was the first time for me and it was everything I expected and more. The rally brings incredible scenery, wildlife and fans together to really showcase the DNA of rally. There is no hiding away from the fact that this is one of the toughest events of the year and the stages and weather could make a huge difference. We know the Puma can be strong here and the goal will be to come away with a strong result.”