MA­HO­NEN: M-sport breeds con­sis­tency

MAN­U­FAC­TURER BACK­ING VI­TAL FOR WRC FU­TURE Com­mit­ments from teams means WRC can move for­ward

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

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.

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