M-sport will com­plete a full WRC sea­son

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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.

Fi­esta will be seen on all 2016 rounds

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