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M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Lukasz Pieniazek is prepared for the return to Europe at next week’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal. Taking to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5, the Pole will contest the familiar event alongside returning co-driver Jakub Gerber, and is keen to deliver another strong result as part of the FIA World Rally Championship’s premier support series, WRC 2 Pro.

Lukasz Pieniazek said:

“Rally de Portugal is one of my favourite events, and last year I secured my career-best result there with second place in WRC 2. I can't wait to get back in action and do the best I can. This will be my fourth start in Portugal and experience plays a big role in this sport – so I hope that will help me keep a good pace.

“Friday's stages will be completely new and a big unknown for everyone which will require very good preparation during the recce. Saturday is a very long day and another tough challenge which demands clean driving and a good strategy.

“Portugal will also mark the start of another chapter for me as I'll be joined by Jakub Gerber as my co‑driver. We worked together in 2015 – with good results both in the Polish Championship and the European Rally Championship – so I'd like to welcome him back to the team.”

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