An Oscaro driver at M-Sport

Pierre-Louis Loubet, the young Team Oscaro driver, has just completed a big move forwards in his rally career. After two seasons in the world championship (JWRC and WRC2) with the PH Sport team, Pilouis will join factory team M-Sport for the remainder of the 2017 season in WRC2. He takes a look back on this busy week for Team Oscaro:

« Hello everyone, since our last time out, a lot of things have evolved for me. I am still in a learning phase for sure, but I needed a new challenge. With Nicolas (Bernardi…), my manager, we have worked towards this and I am very happy to announce that for the next Tour de Corse and for the remainder of my WRC2 season, I will be joining the official Ford M-Sport team with a R5 Fiesta at my disposal. I want to thank each and every member of the PH Sport team that helped me start my rally career, directly in the world championship when I was only 18 years old and did not have any experience; first in Junior WRC (2015), and then in WRC 2 (2016 and the start of the 2017 season) with Citroën DS3s.

The entire team has guided me, encouraged me in my beginnings and I will always be thankful for that. Now, I move on to new things and I am fully aware of the challenge that awaits me. I am joining an official factory team with an official Ford Fiesta R5 and I am pinching myself every morning to be sure to not be dreaming… Malcom Wilson, M-Sport boss, has decided to trust me and put me in the best possible conditions so I can express myself in this sport. I have no intention to let this opportunity pass! My first time out with the car will be in Corsica in April, for the Tour de Corse. But in a few days, in order to get familiar with the car, I will be participating in the Pays de Grasse Fleurs et Parfums rally, a rally counting towards the 2nd division of the French Championship with 130km on the schedule. The car will be prepared by Balbosca, an Italian team, and I will be using this opportunity as a true test session. As soon as the rally is finished, I will be heading to Bastia to meet M-Sport and Malcom Wilson so I can do a big test session with my own Fiesta R5 which will be decorated with the colours of my loyal sponsors (which I thank for their help in this new adventure). The FFSA has also renewed their trust in me by calling me up for the second time in the Equipe de France . This acknowledgement of my work touches my heart. Once the tests done, the study of the rally route, the usual note taking lies ahead before the start of the rally…

I am fully aware of what is on the line, once more. I am aware that I am changing universes, that my references will be this time at the heart of M-Sport with drivers such as Eric Camilli and Teemu Suninen on identical cars to mine. Frequenting pilots such as Sebastien Ogier and Ott Tanak will also be valuable learning for me, that I am sure of. As for WRC, the Tour de Corse will be on a very high level with names such as Mikkelsen, Kopecky or Veiby on the Skoda Fabia R5s, Bergkvist and Bonato on the DS3 R5s, Andolfi and Sarrazin on the quick Hyundai i20 R5 while not forgetting Frenchmen such as Bryan Bouffier (Fiesta R5), and my teammate in the Equipe de France, Yohan Rossel (DS3 R5). One thing is clear, there will be sport!” 

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