Finally, the news we have all been on the edge of our seats waiting for. Sebastien Ogier has confirmed that he will remain at the M-Sport team for 2018. The 5 times World Rally Champion will be joined by Wales Rally GB winner Elfyn Evans.
Confirmed by M-Sport, before they began their season’s celebration’s at their Cumbrian factory with all the staff on Tuesday afternoon. It was a great way to get the party started and an early Christmas present for the whole M-Sport team. Especially team boss Malcolm Wilson. Who has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to retain this generations greatest driver.
“To have secured both Sébastien and Elfyn is brilliant news for the team.” Said Wilson. “We’ve been working towards this goal for some time, so to finally have it confirmed is fantastic and means that we can now focus our attention on the continued development ahead of next season.
“In Sébastien and Elfyn, we have a strong chance of defending our titles. It won’t be easy. Our rivals certainly won’t have sat still and I’m expecting an even closer battle for the championship, but with these two crews we have a good chance. They’re both very intelligent drivers. There is no doubting their speed, but they also have a masterful approach to strategy that delivers results time after time.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be confident of adding to our success next year and – seeing the reaction of the team this afternoon – I know that everyone will continue to give 110 percent.”
Sebastien Ogier, who brought home his 5th world title in his first season driving the Fiesta, on M-Sports home rally. As well as the manufacturers championship, was relieved to be able to finally confirm to the world of fans and media of his plans for next season. There was speculation that he may retire from the sport. After admitting that he had many offers, one of which was from his wife and Son to stay at home.
“It’s great to finally announce our plans for 2018. What we have achieved together has been truly amazing, and we want to see that continue – to continue this fantastic journey and to defend all that we have achieved together.
“This season has been very exciting with some of the closest-fought competition for years. As a driver, I definitely want to be a part of that. I still get a lot of emotion from this sport, and this team has so much passion. That made my decision clear, and we will work hard to chase more success together next year.”