Mon 24 Jun 2024

M-Sport Ford celebrates incredible WRC streak

M-Sport Ford celebrated its 300th consecutive WRC points finish at Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month, maintaining a run which began more than 22 years ago.

Since Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae steered their Focus RS cars to third and fourth places at the 2002 Rallye Monte-Carlo, 29 drivers and 38 co-drivers have contributed to a sequence which helped land three manufacturers’ world titles, two drivers’ crowns, 64 wins and 271 podiums.

M-Sport UK chairman Malcolm Wilson paid tribute to his workforce, saying: “Reaching 300 consecutive scoring events is a testament to our team's unwavering dedication and commitment. Their relentless effort, combined with the support of Ford Motor Company, truly embodies the spirit of performance and reliability that drives us to excel in the World Rally Championship.

“I would like to thank every single member of staff, driver, co-driver and fan that has been with us along the entire, or parts of the journey. This simply wouldn’t be possible without any of you and I am tremendously proud of what we have achieved. I now look towards trying to achieve 350!”

The M-Sport Ford-entered Puma Rally1 cars of Adrien Fourmaux and Grégoire Munster will carry commemorative stickers and a special front grille during this week’s ORLEN 80th Rally Poland, which runs from 27 – 30 June and is based in Mikołajki.

Mark Rushbrook, the Global Head of Ford Performance, added his plaudits: “To deliver 300 consecutive points finishes in WRC is quite incredible," he said. "I can’t think of any motorsport team that has ever delivered anything on this scale in any formula and Malcolm and the M-Sport team are pushing the boundaries of what it means to deliver excellence.

“We have had a great relationship with M-Sport over the decades and we congratulate and thank them for the dedication and hard work that it takes to deliver this performance.”

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