M-sport will complete a full WRC season
M-sport managing director Malcolm Wilson has confirmed to MN that the Cumbrian team will contest all 14 rounds of this year’s WRC.
The two-time World Rally champions had been chasing funding and, on the eve of round one, the manufacturer entry has been confirmed.
Wilson said: “We have paid our entry fee and we will be at every round. It’s good news for us. M-sport has been a constant in the WRC since round one in 1997 and I really didn’t want to miss a round this time around.”
Wilson was quick to pay tribute to the FIA and its understanding in the British team’s position.
“Jarmo [Mahonen, WRC manager] has been very, very good,” he said. “We have worked hard with the FIA to make this happen. Jarmo understood our situation and did all he could to help us.”
Norwegian Mads Ostberg will tackle all rounds of the series, with Eric Camilli in the second Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Elfyn Evans stands by ready to step in for selected events.