The M-Sport Ford WRC Team announced on Friday that French driver Pierre Louis Loubet has joined the outfit for seven FIA World Rally Championship events in 2022 starting with Rally Croatia.
Speaking about the news, Loubet said:
To be part of the team this year is so amazing! The team showed its performance on Monte Carlo, the Puma looks like a beast, it’s really great! When you are a driver, you want to be in the best car, you want the best possible way to show your potential which is what I need for this season. It’s a crucial season for me and, I know with M-Sport, I will have everything I need to do well.
“It’s a bit of a dream come true, every driver wants to be in the best car in his career, it’s happening for me now in just my second full season of WRC. I am super happy, I would like to give a big thank you to Malcolm and Rich as well as my partner Alexander who all made this possible. I am sure we will do great things together and I hope I will be able to show my real potential.”
Loubet joins M-Sport regulars Craig Breen and Gus Greensmith.
Speaking about the announcement, Marholm Wilson OBE, Managing Director of M-Sport said:
Promoting and developing young talent has always been a core element of M-Sport’s WRC programmes and Pierre joining us at the top level is another example of that. We stayed in contact with him after his season with us in 2017 and he has impressed me a lot since then. Winning the 2019 WRC2 Championship is a particularly strong achievement and to go straight into WRC from there is a big step which he has taken in his stride. I will be keeping a close eye on his progress throughout this year, we know what the Puma is capable of and I am sure we are going to see Pierre shine with these opportunities.”
M-Sport Ford had a fantastic start to the 2022 WRC season as Sebastien Loeb took victory while Craig Breen finished third.
M-Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener said:
It is fantastic to welcome another friendly face back to the M-Sport team. I worked with Pierre when he was driving a Fiesta R5 in WRC2 and he was a great person to have around.
“He has gained lots of valuable experience in many different cars over the past couple of seasons and I am really looking forward to seeing him show off his improvement in the Puma Hybrid Rally1. It is also fantastic for the sport to see another young and upcoming talent competing consistently at the highest level in these exciting new cars.”