Tight dead­line for M-sport and Camilli LAT­VALA’S POLO WOE UN­SOLV­ABLE

With­out parts VW can’t iden­tify Finn’s Swe­den drive­shaft is­sue

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

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.”

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