Thu 27 Jun 2024

From ERC to WRC... Sesks ready to make big leap

Mārtiņš Sesks will step up from the FIA European Rally Championship to the FIA World Rally Championship’s flagship Rally1 category when the series returns to Rally Poland this week.

A three-time ERC event winner, the Latvian’s career progression opportunity, which is being supported by WRC Promoter, will also include his home of the WRC next month.  

Sesks will drive a Ford Puma Rally1 run under the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team banner on ORLEN 80th Rally Poland this week before he upgrades to Hybrid power for Tet Rally Latvia. Renars Francis will co-drive on both occasions.   

The 24-year-old said: “I’m really excited to be back competing in Poland. We have some great memories here, especially after winning the ERC round last year. For sure this year is a completely different game, this will be our first event in a Rally1 car. The testing we did was something incredible, and a completely different experience to anything I’ve done before. The car reacts so quickly, and how fast it goes round corners is just so unique and indescribable to anyone who hasn’t driven the car.

“It will be a big challenge to get up to speed, but this is the goal for Poland. We will be driving non-hybrid to get use to the aerodynamics of the car, get to know the team and to get more and more ready to be in good shape for Latvia. The goal is to get the mileage, finish the rally and learn as much as we can.”

Sesks, a stage winner in this year’s ERC driving a Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 for Team MRF Tyres, will make history when he becomes the first driver to compete on a WRC event without a hybrid system fitted to his car. Instead, he will carry 100 kilograms of ballast to counter the weight saving by not fitting the hybrid unit while he gets to grips with Rally1 machinery.  

Adrien Fourmaux, an ERC event winner in 2020, and Grégoire Munster, the Rally2-based Junior ERC runner-up in the same season, will feature alongside Sesks in the M-Sport line-up in Poland and Latvia.  

Following ORLEN 80th Rally Poland, Sesks will contest Delfi Rally Estonia, round four of the ERC season from 5 - 7 July.

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