M-Sport enters fourth WRC Puma for Bertelli in Sweden

The organizers of Rally Sweden have published the list of participants for the snow rally, which will take place from February 24th to 27th with 11 Rally1 cars, including four Pumas.

M-Sport entered the Monte Carlo Rally with at least four cars over the weekend, with its fourth entry winning the event with nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb and Isabelle Galmiche.

The British team confirmed to Autosport that they would like to see Loeb and Galmiche for more rallies this year following their success at Monte Carlo, but a deal has yet to be secured.

Long-time M-Sport customer Bertelli will take charge of the fourth car for Rally Sweden, in what will be the Italian’s first taste of Rally1 hybrid machines.

The 33-year-old competed in two WRC events last year, driving an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta in the Arctic Rally Finland and Safari Rally Kenya.

Bertelli has appeared in WRC sporadically since 2011, with his best result to date, an eighth place finish at Rally Mexico in 2016.

“We will be back at Rally Sweden with an M-Sport Puma Rally. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this beast,” Bertelli wrote in a social media post.

Sebastien Loeb, Isabelle Galmiche, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1

Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool

Following confirmation of Bertelli’s appearance in Sweden, M-Sport’s Gus Greensmith is now eligible to collect manufacturer points after that honor was bestowed on Loeb, Craig Breen and Adrien Fourmaux at Monte Carlo.

Greensmith was fifth last weekend after an engine misfire prevented him from fighting for a possible podium. The Brit claimed his first WRC stage win after overtaking Loeb and eight-time champion Sebastien Ogier in stage seven.

The only other change in the Rally1 line-up for Rally Sweden is Esapekka Lappi taking over the third Toyota GR Yaris driven by Ogier last weekend.

Lappi will contest most of the WRC rounds this year, while Ogier is expected to take part in up to four rallies after deciding to reduce his commitments for 2022.

Rally Sweden Rally1 entry list

#33 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
#69 Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Halttunen – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
#4 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
#18 Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
#11 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe – Hyundai Motorsport – Hyundai i20 N Rally1
#8 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja – Hyundai Motorsport – Hyundai i20 N Rally1
#2 Oliver Solberg/Elliott Edmondson – Hyundai Motorsport – Hyundai i20 N Rally1
#42 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle – M-Sport Ford – Ford Puma Rally1
#44 Gus Greensmith/Jonas Andersson – M-Sport Ford – Ford Puma Rally1
#16 Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria – M-Sport Ford – Ford Puma Rally1
#37 Lorenzo Bertelli/Simone Scattolin – M-Sport Ford – Ford Puma Rally1

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