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Fourmaux annoyed by penalty after being stopped by police

The M-Sport Ford driver found himself caught in spectator traffic on a road section prior to the days penultimate stage. Fourmaux elected to overtake the queue of cars but was stopped by local police.

Fourmaux eventually attained the stage start two minutes late which led to a 20 second penalty and dropped the Frenchman from fourth to fifth position heading into Sundays final four stages.

The 27-year-old felt the penalty had not been in the spirit of rallying and revealed he would try to appeal the sanction.

We were stopped by the authorities on the highway section because we were overtaking the big queue of the cars likely to the roundabout and the policeman disagreed with that, said Fourmaux. It had been taking time, so then we were two minutes late at that time control. It’s unfortunate, for certain it’s quite frustrating.

Asked if he’d seek to appeal your choice, he said: We shall try because for me personally it isn’t rally.

Reflecting on his day outside the late penalty, Fourmaux declared himself happy, having up to now enjoyed a solid performance through the entire asphalt event.

Adrien Fourmaux, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Adrien Fourmaux, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

Photo by: M-Sport

Fourmaux have been sitting fourth on Friday before he was hampered by way of a sudden rain shower that only affected three Rally1 runners, but cost him one minute . 5.

Retirements for team-mate Craig Breen and Hyundais erstwhile rally leader Thierry Neuville, in conjunction with a number of fast stage times, helped elevate the Fourmaux back up the rankings.

He was however fortunate that his run-in with the ditch that ended Breens rally on Stage 10 didn’t have significantly more serious consequences.

To begin with I’m really happy, yesterday we were fourth, then eighth, now we’re back fourth [before the penalty], he added. It is positive for me personally I’m really happy, we’d excellent time and pace today.

Fourmaux will start Sundays final stages sitting 14.3s adrift of fourth placed Oliver Solberg.

Should Fourmaux finish the rally in fifth, it could equal his career-best WRC result achieved in Croatia and Kenya this past year.

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