M-SPORT DAVID EVANS

GROUP RAL­LY­ING EDI­TOR “There needs to be con­sis­tency in WRX”

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look­ing in. Work­ing with him – al­beit just for a few hours – had clearly lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Wil­son added: “Peo­ple had told me be­fore, how straight­for­ward and easy he was to work with and that’s just how I found him. I was re­ally pleased with the re­spect shown from him and Julien [In­gras­sia, co-driver] and our guys. It’s very easy to see why the pair of them are where they are as four-time world cham­pi­ons – they’re so pro­fes­sional, but they make ev­ery­thing easy. It was an ab­so­lute plea­sure to work with them.”

And mak­ing changes to the car was key to Ogier’s un­der­stand­ing .

Wil­son said: “The car started the test in the same set-up it had been when Ott [Tanak] was driv­ing it yes­ter­day [Thurs­day]. Seb drove it like that, then came back and made some changes – he was keen to see how the car felt when he’d made some spe­cific changes.

“Watch­ing from the out­side, I have to say: wow! It was the same when I was watch­ing Ott. I hadn’t been to a test for a while and see­ing it run­ning again, oh my good­ness me! All I’ll say is that rally fans around the world are in for a treat.”

And are M-sport fans in for a treat with Ogier in­stalled be­hind the wheel of the Fi­esta for a sea­son or more? With news of the test still just a day old, the ru­mour mill moved into over­drive with spec­u­la­tion of a sin­gle-sea­son agree­ment be­ing an­nounced to­day [Wed­nes­day].

“Like I said, we’re not go­ing to talk any more about that,” said Wil­son. “He got a good kick of the ball, but now it’s back to the dis­cus­sions.”

Asked to de­scribe his feel­ings at see­ing Ogier in his car, he added: “It was great, but all we did to­day was put some of the in­gre­di­ents to­gether; get­ting a deal sorted would be the cake and the ic­ing on the cake would be to see him and Julien in the car next year.

“What I will say is that I was de­ter­mined to make this hap­pen be­fore, but af­ter see­ing them in the car, I’m more de­ter­mined than ever.”

Last Fri­day, bar­gains were be­ing made all around the world, but it re­mains to be seen if Wil­son and Ogier bagged them­selves a Black Fri­day deal to re­mem­ber.

Champ Ogier had time to play with the Fi­esta WRC’S set-up Ogier and In­gras­sia were even granted a Ford recce car The WRC will kick off in Monte Carlo once more

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