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M-sport faces a race against the clock to get Eric Camilli’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC prepared in time for next month’s Rally Mexico.
The Frenchman crashed out of Rally Sweden last week causing significant damage to the bodyshell. The car was trailered back to Britain early and had arrived back in Cumbria before the end of the weekend. It is due to be airfreighted to Mexico for the event from March 3-6 a little over a week from now.
“There’s a lot of work to do,” admitted M-sport boss Malcolm Wilson. “The car is a bit of a mess, it was a pretty violent accident, but I’m sure we’ll get it sorted in time. We have to.”
On the subject of his new driver’s second shunt in as many rallies, Wilson said: “We’ve got to give him time. There’s absolutely no question of putting pressure on him. This has hurt him, he wants to get it right. It’s easy to forget just how little experience he’s got – this is only his 13th round of the world championship. The plan is for him to finish Rally Mexico, but everything is new for him.”