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M-Sport yet to decide on name for Rally1 WRC car

A decision has still to be reached on the nameplate that will underpin M-Sport’s hybrid-equipped Rally1 WRC car from 2022, as discussions on the subject continue with Ford.

Fourmaux retains M-Sport WRC drive for Rally Portugal

Adrien Fourmaux holds on to his World Rally Car drive with M-Sport for next month’s Rally Portugal after impressing on his top-flight debut at Rally Croatia.

M-Sport would exit WRC if new hybrid rules are delayed

M-Sport Ford would cut its ties with the World Rally Championship next season if the new hybrid rules are pushed back a year due to issues with kit.

Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport commit to WRC hybrid rules

World Rally Championship manufacturers Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport have committed to the hybrid future of the series in a deal announced by the FIA.

M-Sport announces WRC driver line-up for 2021 season

M-Sport is to continue its policy of blooding young drivers in the WRC by adding Adrien Fourmaux to its line-up for 2021 alongside Gus Greensmith and Teemu Suninen.

M-Sport launches new Ford Fiesta Rally3 car

M-Sport has completed its Ladder of Opportunity strategy with the launch of the new Fiesta Rally3 meaning it now builds a car for each of the World Rally Championship’s five-tier class structure.

Bentley commits to remaining IGTC races of 2020

Bentley will defend its Intercontinental GT Challenge points lead over the remainder of the series, despite axing its factory assault with M-Sport.

M-Sport making "good progress" with new 2022 WRC car

The boss of M-Sport's World Rally Championship programme says work on a new 2022 car is currently progressing "very well" despite most of his workforce being furloughed.

Lappi on dramatic exit: “I didn't realise how big the fire was” Rally Mexico
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Lappi on dramatic exit: “I didn't realise how big the fire was”

Esapekka Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm escaped unscathed when their M-Sport Ford Fiesta caught fire and burnt out on Rally Mexico on Friday afternoon.

Gounon's fear of flying moment in Bathurst win

Jules Gounon says a tense run to the flag at the Bathurst 12 Hour reminded him of his fear of flying.

M-Sport pins hopes on major mid-2020 engine upgrade

The M-Sport WRC team is targeting a return to rally wins this year, boosted by the “biggest change” made to its engine since the current regulations began in 2017.

M-Sport reveals retro-inspired WRC livery

The M-Sport World Rally Team has unveiled a retro-inspired livery for its World Rally Championship contending Ford Fiesta WRC at the Autosport International Show.

Lappi secures M-Sport Ford drive for 2020

Esapekka Lappi has been confirmed as an M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver alongside Teemu Suninen for the 2020 WRC season.

Tidemand to drive third M-Sport Ford in Rally GB

Pontus Tidemand will remain with the M-Sport Ford squad and drive a third Fiesta WRC in Wales Rally GB next month.

Paddon secures two more WRC outings with M-Sport

Hayden Paddon will return to the M-Sport Ford team for two more World Rally Championship appearances later in the 2019 season.

M-Sport would be "crazy" to release Evans or Suninen

M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship team boss Malcolm Wilson feels it would be "crazy" to let Elfyn Evans or Teemu Suninen go, despite his pursuit of Ott Tanak for 2020.

Evans forced to skip Rally Turkey with injury

M-Sport Ford's Elfyn Evans will miss a third round of the World Rally Championship due to his back injury, and not return until his home event in Britain in October.

M-Sport hopes Ford can aid its bid to sign Tanak

Malcolm Wilson has not given up on re-signing Ott Tanak from Toyota, but says Ford’s involvement will be key to bringing the World Rally Championship leader back to M-Sport.

Tidemand lands M-Sport WRC drive for Turkey

Pontus Tidemand will make his third top-level WRC start of the season in next month's Rally Turkey as he returns to the M-Sport Ford squad.

Paddon working on new WRC chance after Finland crash

Hayden Paddon is working on a deal to land another drive with M-Sport before the end of the 2019 WRC season, after a testing crash ruled him out last weekend's Rally Finland.

Evans to miss Rally Germany due to back injury

Elfyn Evans will miss Rally Germany later this month while he still recovers from the back injury he sustained at Rally Estonia.

Paddon: I couldn't have avoided Finland test crash

Hayden Paddon has admitted he was powerless to stop the testing crash which ruined his hopes of a WRC return in Finland.

Paddon to miss Rally Finland after test accident

Hayden Paddon's dream of a WRC return with M-Sport Ford was shattered by a sixth-gear crash in Finland on Monday.

Bentley questions Spa 24h BoP after missing Superpole

Bentley has hit out at the Balance of Performance for this weekend's Spa 24 Hours after none of its four factory cars qualified in the top 20.

Injured Evans ruled out of Rally Finland

Elfyn Evans will miss next month’s Rally Finland after injuring his back at last week’s Rally Estonia.

Paddon secures last-minute M-Sport drive for Rally Finland

Hayden Paddon is a surprise Rally Finland inclusion after the New Zealander secured a last-minute deal to drive M-Sport Ford’s third Fiesta WRC.

Derani completes Bentley's expanded Spa 24 Hours line-up

Three-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Pipo Derani has filled the final seat in Bentley's expanded assault on the Spa 24 Hours next month.

Why Tanak's 'head or heart' call will shape WRC 2020 Prime

Why Tanak's 'head or heart' call will shape WRC 2020

The man at the heart of the World Rally Championship driver market seemed to be closing in on a decision for 2020, but did the events of Rally Italy present niggling doubts?

Suninen gets new co-driver for rest of 2019

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver Teemu Suninen has switched co-driver for the rest of the season, with experienced Finn Jarmo Lehtinen returning to rallying’s top flight to join his countryman.

M-Sport wants Tanak back from Toyota

M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson has revealed a desire to sign Toyota driver Ott Tanak for the 2020 WRC season.

Neuville: Evans "maybe more deserving" of Corsica win

Tour de Corse winner Thierry Neuville admits rival Elfyn Evans was "maybe more deserving" of victory, after a last-stage puncture swung their battle in Neuville's favour.

WRC stewards restore Evans' Corsica lead

Tour of Corsica stewards have returned Elfyn Evans to the lead of the rally after he lost time catching Kris Meeke in the final Friday stage.

Bentley bolsters Spa 24h line-up with Nissan outcasts

Nissan refugees Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe will join Bentley's expanded assault on this year's Spa 24 Hours.

M-Sport: Sweden shows we are still a "threat"

M-Sport driver Teemu Suninen’s rally-leading performance in last weekend's Sweden WRC round shows the British squad should not be written off, says team principal Rich Millener.

M-Sport "very impressed" by Bottas' rally technique

World Rally Championship outfit M-Sport says it was impressed by Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas's technique on his rallying debut in Finland.

Bottas advised by M-Sport's Suninen ahead of rally debut

Mercedes Formula 1 racer Valtteri Bottas has received advice from M-Sport World Rally Championship driver Teemu Suninen ahead of his rallying debut this weekend.

M-Sport to focus on financial rebuilding in 2019

M-Sport will spend the 2019 World Rally Championship season rebuilding financially after Sebastien Ogier's exit and other blows, says boss Malcolm Wilson.

Why Ogier's Citroen reunion won't be awkward Prime

Why Ogier's Citroen reunion won't be awkward

Sebastien Ogier is entering what he has already called the final act of his World Rally Championship career in familiar surroundings at Citroen. But things are set to be different this time around

M-Sport believes it can maintain level without Ogier

M-Sport World Rally Championship team principal Richard Millener has said that there is “no reason” the team cannot continue to operate at the same level as in 2018.

M-Sport reveals revised WRC livery

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship outfit has revealed its new livery for the 2019 season.

M-Sport hands WRC2 driver Greensmith WRC chance

British driver Gus Greensmith is set to make his top-level WRC debut in Portugal this season alongside his WRC2 campaign with M-Sport.

M-Sport commits to 2019 WRC programme

M-Sport has committed to the 2019 World Rally Championship and will run three Ford Fiesta WRCs for at least the first two rounds of the season.

Tidemand gets two WRC rounds with M-Sport

Former WRC2 champion Pontus Tidemand will contest the first two rounds of the 2019 WRC season with M-Sport, it has been announced.

M-Sport seeking WRC entry deadline extension

M-Sport will seek an extension to the FIA’s Friday deadline for entry to the World Rally Championship as it battles to save its future in the series.

M-Sport's fight for a WRC future after Ogier

After two World Rally Championship titles with Sebastien Ogier, M-Sport Ford is going into 2019 facing uncertain prospects following its champion's exit for Citroen.

Bottas to make rally debut in Fiesta WRC

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas will kick off his 2019 season by making his competitive rallying debut in Finland in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Car. 

Tanak crash "killed the emotion" of WRC title win – Ogier

Sebastien Ogier says Ott Tanak's crash on the penultimate Rally Australia stage "killed the emotion" of becoming a six-time World Rally Champion, given that he got the news via message on a road section.

Ogier: Sixth WRC title "won't change my life"

Sebastien Ogier says he can take a relaxed approach into this weekend's World Rally Championship showdown in Australia, with adding a sixth title to his CV unlikely to 'change his life'.

M-Sport will favour Ogier over manufacturers' title

M-Sport is willing to sacrifice the chance to lift back-to-back World Rally Championship manufacturers' championship titles in favour of aiding Sebastien Ogier's chase of a sixth drivers' crown.

2019 FIA World Rally Championship launching at Autosport International
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2019 FIA World Rally Championship launching at Autosport International

All WRC manufacturer teams will launch their 2019 challengers on Saturday at the Autosport International show ahead of the opening round of the season in Monte Carlo. Drivers, co-drivers and team principals will be present.

M-Sport chasing Loeb for 2019 WRC season

M-Sport will attempt to convince Sebastien Loeb to be part of its 2019 World Rally Championship team.

Wales WRC: Ogier holds off Latvala to seal victory

Sebastien Ogier capitalised on trouble for his WRC title rivals Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville with a fifth Rally GB victory, fending off Jari-Matti Latvala.

Wales WRC: Ogier takes 4s lead into final day

M-Sport Ford driver Sebastien Ogier holds a narrow Wales Rally GB lead overnight on Saturday, after Ott Tanak’s Toyota retired from a long-term lead in the afternoon loop.

Ogier gave Ford "ultimatum" before Citroen switch

Sebastien Ogier gave Ford an ultimatum to back M-Sport's World Rally Championship effort more, and its failure to do so prompted his decision to leave for Citroen.

How a WRC rebel is becoming a title favourite Prime

How a WRC rebel is becoming a title favourite

Ott Tanak has gone from being repeatedly dropped and swearing at M-Sport to leading Toyota's World Rally Championship charge. It's already a remarkable story, and it could have a spectacular ending

Ogier drops out of Rally Turkey, Mikkelsen loses lead

Rally Turkey took another dramatic turn when the Saturday afternoon loop got underway as Sebastien Ogier went off the road and retired.

Germany WRC: Sordo, Latvala dramas promote Neuville to second

Ott Tanak continues to lead Rally Germany, but Thierry Neuville's World Rally Championship title bid has been boosted by Dani Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala both hitting trouble early on Sunday.

Puncture wrecks Ogier's Germany run

World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier plunged from second to ninth on Rally Germany with a puncture on Saturday afternoon's Panzerplatte stage.

Neuville "would love" same support M-Sport drivers gave Ogier

World Rally Championship series leader Thierry Neuville says he "would love" the support rival Sebastien Ogier received from his teammates at last week’s Rally Finland.

Ogier: M-Sport needs more speed to defend title

Sebastien Ogier says his M-Sport Ford team needs to find more pace from the Fiesta WRC to have a chance of back-to-back titles.