Francois Delecour seals Monte Carlo Rally return with M-Sport

Francois Delecour will return to the Monte Carlo Rally in 2014, two years after he last contested the event

Francois Delecour seals Monte Carlo Rally return with M-Sport

The 51-year-old Frenchman will drive an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC, with backing from Romania's tourist board, as he did in 2012.

He will be co-driven by usual partner Dominique Savignoni, who actually took the wheel for the final stage on their last Monte appearance.

Delecour finished sixth in 2012 and aims to go one better in '14.

"Being realistic, I'm going to aim for fifth - and even that will be a very big challenge," he said.

"But at least we can take Sebastien Loeb out of the equation, so that's already a place gained for me...

"I also think it's asking a lot from Hyundai to be competitive on their first Monte. So we know who our direct rivals will be and if things go well for us, we could be fifth.

"Whatever happens, I'm going to really enjoy it. I love this rally and I'm looking forward to driving there already."

Delecour will test the Fiesta in early January, prior to his 98th WRC start and his 17th in the Principality.

Since his last Monte participation, Delecour has been contesting a partial European Rally Championship programme and also the Romanian championship, winning it for the past two seasons.

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