Sunday | 13 Mar 2016

Stats watch: M-Sport's 200th points record

At last weekend's Rally Guanajuato Mexico M-Sport and Ford made WRC history by becoming the first manufacturer to secure 200 consecutive point-scoring finishes in the championship.

Great news for M-Sport and Ford - but also for WRC statistics crunchers who have 200 rallies of data to pore over. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite facts about M-Sport's points record:

First to most recent:
The first points finish in the record-breaking run came at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2002 when Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae brought their Ford Focus RS WRCs home in third and fourth place. Mads Østberg's podium and four points for Éric Camilli in Mexico bring us bang up to date.

Most successful event?
That will be Sweden. M-Sport Fords have taken six wins on the Scandinavian classic since 2002.

Most frequent flyer:
Team Principal Malcolm Wilson has flown 1,050,575 miles since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.

Drivers Wilson must thank:
A total of 17 have contributed to the record. They are Mikko Hirvonen (95 points finishes), Jari-Matti Latvala (56), Marcus Grönholm (29), Markko Märtin (28), Elfyn Evans (22), François Duval (19), Mads Østberg (15), Toni Gardemeister (13), Ott Tänak (12), Petter Solberg (11), Evgeny Novikov (11), Roman Kresta (10), Carlos Sainz (9), Colin McRae (9), Janne Tuohino (2), Henning Solberg (1) and Éric Camilli (1).

Winning percentage:
The percentage of rallies won during the 200 events stands at 20.

Half time:
M-Sport / Ford reached their consecutive points centenary at the 2008 Rally of Turkey courtesy of a 1-2 finish with Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala.

Stage wins:
889 since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.
Points scored:
2,811 in the manufacturers’ championship since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.
Podiums claimed:
154 since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.

Podium runs:
The M-Sport / Ford record for consecutive podiums during the period stands at 14 - recorded between 2006 Rally d’Italia Sardegna and 2007 Rally Mexico, and again from 2007 Rally Argentina to 2008 Rally Mexico.

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