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M-sport team prin­ci­pal Mal­colm Wil­son ad­mits he has been ‘hum­bled’ by a cam­paign to place him on the New Year Hon­ours list for a Knight­hood and his team in the run­ning for the BBC’S Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year.

Wil­son’s lo­cal mem­ber of par­lia­ment Sue Hay­man told Mo­tor­sport News she was back­ing lo­cal sup­port to achieve greater recog­ni­tion for Wil­son and his Cum­brian firm.

Hay­man said: “Mal­colm is so well known in the area and what he has achieved is quite ex­tra­or­di­nary [win­ning the two world ti­tles]. To set up a very, very suc­cess­ful busi­ness and team in west Cum­bria is some­thing ev­ery­body at M-sport can be proud of. But what Mal­colm has done is shown that there’s more to Cum­bria than just the Lake District; he has shown we’re about in­no­va­tion, ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity and tremen­dous skill sets. I un­der­stand there is lo­cal sup­port for Mal­colm’s name be­ing put for­ward to the hon­ours list and that’s some­thing I will be sup­port­ing whole­heart­edly.

“On top of that we are also push­ing the BBC to en­sure M-sport’s in­clu­sion in Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year for team of the year. Mo­tor­sport doesn’t get the recog­ni­tion it de­serves and Mal­colm and M-sport re­ally do de­serve it.”

Wil­son, who was awarded an OBE in 2009, said: “I’ve been amazed at the stuff that’s been go­ing on lo­cally. You know how I feel about this sport and this area, they are both very close to my heart. It’s so im­por­tant to me to be able to go around the world and show off what we can do here in beau­ti­ful Cum­bria.

“I’m flat­tered by what’s go­ing on and, it goes with­out say­ing that it would be an in­cred­i­ble hon­our to be recog­nised in that way. But that’s not why I do it. Like ev­ery­body in the team, I’m driven by com­pe­ti­tion and the de­sire to suc­ceed.”

M-sport team has stunned the WRC Wil­son: hum­bled man

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