MAHONEN: M-sport breeds consistency
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While Ford’s presence might not be what it once was in the World Rally Championship, M-sport remains as strong as ever in its 19th full season at the sport’s highest level.
It might be more than three years since one of its Fiesta RS WRCS won a round of the world championship, but M-sport’s astonishing consistency took it to 200 consecutive points-scoring finishes on Rally Mexico earlier this month.
The run, which was made slightly easier by dwindling manufacturer entries and the inclusion of Rally2 re-entry regulations, began in Monte Carlo, 2002 when Carlos Sainz and Colin Mcrae finished third and fourth respectively in the French Alps.
The centenary was reached in style when Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-matti Latvala took a one-two finish on the 2008 Rally of Turkey.
In total, M-sport has recorded 889 stage wins since Monte 2002, scored 2811 manufacturer points and collected 154 podium finishes. Thanks to wrc.com for the stats.