Eric Camilli feels there is not too much pressure on his shoulders to secure a positive result on his M-Sport Ford WRC debut this weekend at Rallye Monte-Carlo.
After impressing Malcolm Wilson's squad in WRC 2 with Team Oreca Ford the 28-year-old French rally driver has been handed a full-time WRC drive with M-Sport Ford for 2016. 12 months ago Camilli made his WRC debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo with a respectable fourth place in the intermediate class, 15th overall, but says his primary goal is to record a result and see where he is in comparison to his rivals.
“I am really looking forward to next week and to making my debut with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC,” Camilli said. “Of course we all know that it is a difficult rally with really tricky conditions, but the adrenaline is high and I can't wait to get started.
“Our first target will be to finish the rally, but if we have a good feeling with the car then we will of course see what is possible. This is all totally new for us. We know that this is the best level of rallying in the world, but we don't yet know the extent of that level. We just have to drive to the best of our ability, see where we are and build from there.”
Camilli's work with M-Sport over the winter has filled him with confidence for the tricky conditions 'the Monte' can throw up but does admit there are still a number of unknowns until he drives the M-Sport Ford in anger for the first time.
“You never know what conditions you are going to encounter and a lot can be decided by the tyres you opt to take for each loop,” he added. “We have had a series of really good tests and we were able to work on a lot of different set-ups with the team.
“It was a really special feeling to bring these first tests to a successful close as an official M-Sport driver, but now it is time for the big test to begin.”