WORDS FROM MALCOLM WILSON OBE, M-SPORT MANAGING DIRECTOR
2011 couldn’t have got off to a better start for M-Sport – the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, our new car designed in collaboration with Ford of Europe, had a podium clean sweep at the FIA World Rally Championship season-opener in Sweden.
This month's Rally Mexico marked another successful event as the team claimed a double podium. Ford now extend their lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship to 26 points. Mexico is always a tough event on the cars and we've got a lot of work to do in the workshop before we head to Portugal but hopefully it'll be another strong result for the Fiesta RS WRC and we can extend our lead in the WRC even further.
Portugal also marks the debut for the brand new feeder series to the WRC, the FIA WRC Academy. Thirty-four drivers and co-drivers visted M-Sport last week for three days training. We have been very impressed with what we saw and I have little doubt there it will be a hugely competitive series. Many of these drivers have a very bright future ahead and I am sure some of the talented youngsters will progress to WRC level in the future.
The first rounds of the Fiesta SportTrophy UK (FST UK) and Fiesta SportChallenge (FSC UK) have also got underway over the past month. Closer to home, the Malcolm Wilson Rally saw the opening FSC round commence from the grounds of Dovenby Hall with123 cars entered including 15 Fiestas. Phil Scholes won the event in his Ford Fiesta ST with a time of 55 minutes and 33 seconds.
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