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M-Sport Ford World Rally Team

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Based:  GBR
Established: 2006
Principal: Richard Millener
Drivers: Elfyn Evans, Teemu Suninen, Pontus Tidemand, Lorenzo Bertelli
Tyres: Michelin

Established by ex-factory team driver Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport was selected to breathe new life into Ford’s World Rally Championship programme in 1997.

Former world champions such as Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz and Marcus Grönholm delivered numerous rally victories, the latter leading the squad to back-to-back manufacturers’ titles in 2006 and 2007 with a Focus RS World Rally Car.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen brought more victories when the Fiesta replaced the Focus in 2011, but Ford’s withdrawal from the championship at the end of 2012 delivered a financial blow to Wilson’s small team.

It toiled without further success until 2017 when the arrival of Sébastien Ogier signaled a swift upturn in fortunes. The Frenchman led the team to both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles in an impressive new-generation Fiesta.

Ford returned to M-Sport’s side in 2018 in greater force and Ogier delivered another drivers’ crown before returning to Citroën in 2019.

Having benefited from Ogier’s experience for two seasons, Teemu Suninen and Elfyn Evans remain for the 2019 campaign. They will be joined by other drivers, including Pontus Tidemand, in a third car at several rounds.


Former world champions such as Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz and Marcus Grönholm delivered numerous rally victories, the latter leading the squad to back-to-back manufacturers’ titles in 2006 and 2007 with a Focus RS World Rally Car.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen brought more victories when the Fiesta replaced the Focus in 2011, but Ford’s withdrawal from the championship at the end of 2012 delivered a financial blow to Wilson’s small team.

It toiled without further success until 2017 when the arrival of Sébastien Ogier signaled a swift upturn in fortunes. The Frenchman led the team to both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles in an impressive new-generation Fiesta.

Ford returned to M-Sport’s side in 2018 in greater force and Ogier delivered another drivers’ crown before returning to Citroën in 2019.

Having benefited from Ogier’s experience for two seasons, Teemu Suninen and Elfyn Evans remain for the 2019 campaign. They will be joined by other drivers, including Pontus Tidemand, in a third car at several rounds.

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