may 21, 2018 - Msport
WRC - Double podium for M-Sport Ford at Vodafone Rally de Portugal
M-Sport Ford World #rally
Team's EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs secured a double podium at this weekend's Vodafone #RallydePortugal
and Teemu Suninen claiming second and third places respectively.
Giving the whole team a huge boost, both drivers have proved their ability to fight for the top positions – Evans with his first top-three result of the year, and Suninen taking his maiden podium less than 12 months after first taking to the wheel of the top-specification Fiesta."A double podium is exactly what we wanted today, and our two drivers got the job done. It was great to see both Elfyn and Teemu performing so strongly this weekend, and it's given the team a big boost of confidence for both championships moving forward. "This result is exactly what Elfyn needed, and he did a great job – setting fastest times and delivering a flawless drive through some very tricky conditions. He said himself that there is still room for improvement, and hopefully this result can act as a springboard for him to get even better as the season continues. "We all knew that it wouldn't be long before we saw Teemu on the podium, and he thoroughly deserves to be there today. He was free to push and wanted to show what he could do – something he didn't disappoint on. His pace was consistently strong and, when things weren't going his way, he didn't let it draw his focus. I am sure that this will be the first of many podiums. "After making an uncharacteristic mistake on Friday afternoon, it's been a pretty frustrating weekend for Sébastien and that frustration only continued today. Given his position on the road we knew it would be difficult for him to score any points in the Power Stage, but we had to give it a go. It didn't work out, so we retired the car and I have no doubt that he and Julien will come back strongly in Sardinia."