M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Lukasz Pieniazek is ready to tackle the gravel stages of next week’s Rally Mexico. Taking to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5, the young Pole is contesting his first event outside of Europe and is keen to show further improvements on the first gravel event of the year.
Lukasz Pieniazek (WRC 2 Pro) said:
“I’m really looking forward to Rally Mexico which will be my first ever event outside Europe. Due to the high temperatures and potentially really demanding conditions, Kamil [Heller, co-driver] and I have been training really hard, and we're ready for the battle.
“We left Poland on Thursday to give ourselves two days to acclimatise ahead of Monday's pre-event test. I didn’t find a set-up that was perfectly suited to my driving in Sweden, but we have a few ideas of what we can improve next week. We want to continue the work we started in Sweden – to try a few things and get to know our Fiesta better.
“It's a great pity that we'll be the only WRC 2 Pro crew in Mexico, but that doesn't mean we're not going to fight. Our goal is to be the first R5 crew so we won't be cruising and we'll try to go as fast as possible. On the other hand there will surely be less pressure. Either way it's still going to be a long and demanding rally, but the longer the stages the better for me.”